Wakeboard Boat Review
Centurion Boats has done a lot to ensure that its Centurion Air Warrior series appeals to first-time wakeboard boat buyers. This all-new Centurion Falcon V wakeboard boat is the latest example of that. For a good MSRP, Centurion loads the Air Warrior Falcon V with tower, ballast and more, all standard.
WHAT WE DIG
• New 5-inch backlit Faria gauges with red LED
• Two metal flake color options for hull
• Driver’s seat with pop-up bolster and mesh back
• Optional Switchblade wake shaper
• Tandem-axle trailer comes standard
Wide seating. First-time wakeboard boat owners are going to want to show off their new purchase to their family and friends for a Saturday on the lake, and this Centurion Air Warrior Falcon V can accommodate a party of 10.
This hull, like the wakeboard boat itself, is making its debut for 2008. This is a flatter bottom than other Centurion Boats, and the hull is shared with the new direct-drive Falcon. The maximum trailerable width stretches out room in the main lounge and bow as much as possible, making this feel like a bigger wakeboard boat … that happens to easily tuck into most garages.
The standard dual rear tanks weigh in at 230 pounds each. For an entry-level wakeboard boat, that’s plenty for a few seasons of learning new moves.
There are a few possibilities here. Our test wakeboard boat had the new Double Up tower, which comes standard. It’s made up of black-powder-coated swoops that frame the windshield from the side profile and have almost a spidery look from overhead with the optional polished chrome front legs. A couple of our riders were 6 feet and taller, so they loved how they didn’t hit their heads on this tall design.
The manual tuneable wake plate and tuneable rudder are standard. The Switchblade wake shaper and Bennett trim plate are optional for adjusting running attitude and fine-tuning wakes.
Our wakeboarders are used to going at longer line lengths, but they found 75 feet to be maybe a little too wide for beginners, though nice and rampy. Shortening up to 70 feet brought good-sized wakes that were a bit steep and still quite rampy.
Length w/o platform: 20′ 9″
Beam: 8′ 6″
Dry weight: 4,200 lb.
Ballast: 460 lb. (two rear tanks)
Tower: Double Up
Fuel: 41 gal.
Trailer: Tandem axle