Nautique Crossover 226 2008

Wakeboard Boat Review

Correct Craft’s Crossover Nautique lineup has proved to be a solid addition to the Air Nautique models. For 2008, the Crossover Nautique 226 is making its debut, and we like it because it’s not just the same wakeboard boat, different size. The interior and the wake are different than the other Crossover Nautiques, with the dual bucket seats and the mellower wake shape being standouts.

Hull: It's wider than many Nautiques, allowing for more deck room, and we could feel how the Crossover Nautique 226's bow entry sliced through rough water as we crossed the lake on a windy Orlando afternoon.

Ballast: The optional factory ballast system on the Crossover Nautique 226 is the biggest that Correct Craft offers — a total capacity of 875 pounds. With the unique seating configuration in the main lounge that limits seating on the port side, we'd recommend maxing out that ballast rather than trying to load up with passengers.

Tower: The Team Edition scores you the famous Flight Control Tower, the pioneering design credited with taking wakeboarding to new heights. The Crossover Nautique 226 also has the new polished stainless-steel Titan wakeboard tower as an option. That mirror-like finish, along with the new family crest graphics, makes for a beautiful boat.

Highlight feature: We liked how the passenger bucket seat fully swiveled, making this the best seat on the boat, whether for cruising, talking to friends in the lounge or watching behind the boat. The cup holders alongside and the oversized grab rail are thoughtful touches.

The wake: Our test team thought the Crossover Nautique 226's wake was larger than average for this size wakeboard boat. It had a mellower shape than the Super Air Nautique 220's wake and those of other Nautiques. The peak isn't as defined, but there was still some meat there. Beginners to intermediate wakeboarders won't be intimidated going wake to wake.

What We Dig

-Rounded bow with filler cushion

-Zero-Off cruise control upgrade

-Side bench with cooler and cup holders

-Transom walk-through with snap-in carpet

-Step down to the platform

Specs

Length w/o platform: 22’7”

Beam: 8’1”

People: 12

Dry weight: 4,100 lb.

Ballast*: 875 lb. total

Tower*: Flight Control Tower/ Titan wakeboard tower

Racks*: Swivel wakeboard racks

Main lounge: 56 sq. ft.

Stereo*: Clarion deck, Polk/MOMO speakers, amp, subwoofer, remote, satellite-radio ready

Fuel: 51 gal.

Trailer*: Single/tandem axle

*Optional

Engine

Standard: PCM Power Plus Vee 5.7L, 343 hp

Test: PCM ZR-6 6.0L, 375 hp

Test prop: Acme 14.5x14.25 four-blade prop

Cruise: Nautique Cruise; Zero-Off optional