At the Helm

May 24, 2016
2016 MasterCraft Boats

MasterCraft X23

A substantial steering wheel with a right-flanked touchscreen, crowned with brightly lit gauges — you would think we’re talking about a Mercedes, but it’s actually the X23’s automotive-inspired helm. Just about everything is billet aluminum with ­impeccable machining. The analog dials and throttle knob are stout and responsive. Tweeters stick out of the dash for a big sound that’s best enjoyed at the plush captain’s chair, which is about as comfortable as it gets. Everything about the X23’s helm is classic MasterCraft overstated practicality. WBM
2016 Malibu wakeboarding boats

Malibu 23 LSV

It’s a pleasure to helm this redesigned mainstay in the Malibu line. A 12-inch touchscreen does everything but steer the boat, and the auxiliary screen has in-depth settings that perfect the driving experience. The traditional bow is exceptionally well-balanced from front to back, making for responsive turning. The Power Wedge lifts the rear of the boat out of the water for faster-than-average takeoffs in a fully loaded 23-footer. The available Sport package gives you a multifunction dial you’ll come to rely on for hands-on driving and comfort adjustments while running down the lake. WBM
Supra Boats wakeboarding boat

Supra SC

Everything you need to drive the Supra SC is included in the Vision Touch screen and the analog controls, which are actually integrated into the steering wheel. Just like in your car, you can ­finally control your boat without taking your hands off the wheel. The touchscreen’s driver presets offer luxury and customization to the nth degree. There’s even a backup camera so you can reverse without hitting anything. A crisp throttle with premium underwater gear makes the SC responsive to the wheel, and the Indmar Raptor engine propels the beefy boat with ease. WBM

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