Wakeboard Boat Review
Tigé’s aim with the 22Vé was to maintain the high-quality wakes of the larger 24Vé, but add the quick handling and maneuverability possible with a smaller wakeboard boat. At 22 feet, the Tigé 22Vé is more nimble. And we appreciated that Tigé gave us a test boat with the optional 900-pound ballast system.
Hull:Sporting Tigé’s signature ConvexV hull design to work with the TAPS2 wake plate, the Tigé 22Vé is able to ride low in the water and shape wakes well. The hull curves upward toward the transom, allowing the boat to displace more water and give it beginner- to intermediate-level wakes even without adding ballast. Our wakeboarders, though, are always looking for bigger wakes, so we loaded up the ballast system.
Ballast:A full 900 pounds of factory ballast is an available upgrade on the Tigé 22Vé and, combined with the ConvexV, it’s enough for anyone but the most air-thirsty wakeboarder. We had a little trouble filling the ballast at first, but once we did we were all equally surprised how meaty the wakes got.
Tower: The factory option collapsible wakeboard tower really isn’t an option at all for us, but a requirement. Get it complete with a halogen light bar and swivel wakeboard racks. The thick tubing and subtle curves offer a traditional profile.
Wake shaper: TAPS2 is a solid wake shaper that does a great job of influencing how steep your wake will be and comes standard. We tended to hover between 3 and 5 most of the time, with the setting very easy to adjust at the throttle with a dedicated gauge to show where the plate’s at.
Highlight feature: The Tigé 22Vé’s transom has a unique look, combining the walkway alongside the sun pad and the rear bench over the swim platform that hides a few handy storage compartments.
The wake: You take the ConvexV, the TAPS2 and the ballast and you end up with better wakes than a 22-footer often has, with a lot less wash. Our wakeboarders actually preferred riding behind this to the larger 24Vé at factory ballast settings. Try it at 75 feet and about 23 miles per hour. There’s already a lot of kick at the top of these meaty wakes, so we’d recommend setting the shaper to 3 unless you really want a steep wake.
What We Dig
— Removable carpet in the bow
— Five 12-volt power outlets
— iPod hookup in the optional stereo
— Full G-shaped lounge seating
— Rear bench to get ready to ride on
Length w/o platform: 22’
Dry weight: 3,982 lb.
Ballast: 900 lb. total*
Tower: E- or Z-Series*
Racks: Swivel wakeboard racks*
Wake shaper: TAPS2
Main lounge: 58 sq. ft.
Stereo: AM/FM/CD Clarion deck, Wet Sounds speakers, amp, subwoofer, remote, satellite-radio ready, iPod interface, digital transom remote*
Cooler: 29 qt.
Fuel: 47 gal.
Trailer: Tandem axle*
Base MSRP: $46,000
Standard: Tigé GM Vortec 5.7L, 315 hp
Test: Tigé GM Vortec 5.7L, 340 hp
Test prop: Acme 13.5×16.5 blade prop
Cruise: Tigé Speedset optional