Supra Launch 21 V 2008

Wakeboard Boat Review

The classic wakeboard boat vibe is apparent with the Supra Launch 21 V. The design represents the origins of the Supra Boat line, and that means a platform that’s deeper and wider than most of its competitors — and quality wakes that never go out of style.

Hull: Displacement is the key to success for the Supra Boats deep V keel, which the company claims is the deepest keel in the industry. The steep entry point keeps the bow in the water for a more positive handling experience. And with more boat in the water, bigger wakes are the end result.

Ballast: Anchored by a burly 650-pound bow bag and teamed with a pair of 400-pound rear bags, the standard factory ballast system packs the Supra Launch 21 V with up to 1,450 pounds of pure wake-generating weight. And with all that bulk loaded into a relatively small platform, the results are ramps that will please even the most demanding riders.

Tower: The smooth, curved lines of the Rad-a-Cage wakeboard tower are a great complement to the already aggressive profile of the 21 V. With 2.375-inch tubing, it's as strong as it is attractive. Add on the optional Z5 Cargo Rack, which swings down into the lounge for easy loading, and you've got one versatile rig.

Wake shaper: We found adjusting the Smart Plate to fine-tune the wake with just the touch of a button to be simple and quick. And with the ability to save up to eight rider presets, throwing a wake that will please your friends' individual tastes is no longer a case of constant experimentation.

Highlight feature: Convertible seating in the interior includes the rear bench that slides around to offer a rear-facing seat. The walk-through to the playpen bow also has a flip-up seatback.

The wake: We enjoyed the wakes behind the Supra Launch 21 V even before we filled the ballast bags. Our testers reported more than adequate performance for beginner to intermediate wakeboarders, with best results at shorter line lengths. For more discerning wakeboarders with inverts in mind, we recommend filling the bags to capacity and adjusting the Smart Plate to create some meaty ramps.

What We Dig

-Deep playpen bow for secure ride

-Oversized, brushed aluminum Medallion gauges

-Information Center with Smart Plate readings

-Billet accents throughout interior

-325 hp standard engine with five-year warranty

-Standard-issue “headlights” for dusk driving

Specs

Length w/o platform: 21’2”

Beam: 8’4”

People: 13

Dry weight: 3,400 lb.

Ballast: 1,450 lb.

Stereo: AM/FM/CD Kenwood deck, Kicker speakers, remote, satellite-radio ready, iPod/MP3 connector

Storage: 105 cu. ft.

Main lounge: 55 sq. ft.

Colors: 15 exterior choices in six color ways

Fuel: 40 gal.

Trailer: Tandem axle

Base MSRP: $52,995

Engine

Test: Indmar Assault 5.7L, 325 hp

Standard: Indmar Assault 5.7L, 325 hp

Test prop: OJ XMP 14.25x14 four-blade

Cruise: PerfectPass