Svfara Marine Inc. SV3 2008

Wakeboard Boat Review

The Black Scorpion logo popping off that red gelcoat set the tone for our test session. The new Svfara SV3 was badass. Besides that look, it has the swooping tower that highlights the tow point and a lot of other style and comfort features. After our ride behind it on California’s Lake Tulloch, we were into the serious wake behind the Svfara SV3.

Hull: Like all Svfara boats, the Svfara SV3’s hull utilizes the process of vacuum infusion. Hulls are fiberglass infused with Core-Cell construction. The Black Scorpion engine from MerCruiser is basically a requirement to go with that Scorpion hull graphic.

Ballast: A full 1,300 pounds of stock ballast comes standard on the Svfara SV3, which is so nice in an industry environment that all too often seems to want to skimp out a bit on the wake weight. The fact that it’s standard is an extra treat and shows that Svfara really had riders in mind when designing this boat.


Tower: The Samson tower that comes with the SV3 comes with swivel board racks. Like the SV2, it swoops forward and is full composite fiberglass, which makes it truly part of the boat and gives everything a nice, flowing look. Four optional tower speakers are a great upgrade if you have the extra scratch.

Highlight feature:It’s rare enough to encounter a boat that has the all-too-important stereo standard, but the SV3 takes it a step further by throwing in seven Kicker speakers as well as a 10-inch subwoofer and component tweeters. What we loved the most, though, is Svfara angled the speakers so they target specific areas of the boat.

The wake: Like its sister, the SV2, we were kind of floored with how big this boat’s wake is straight from the factory. Pro-level riders will want a bit more weight, but anyone else should be good. It’s a little narrower and overall was a bit mellower with less pop. We played around with the ballast and after emptying the front got more pop. Play around with the ballast to dial in the wake you’re most comfortable with.


What We Dig

-Snap-in carpet helps with cleanup

-PerfectPass comes standard

-Vinyl seats have a great leather look and feel


-Full composite tower has fresh profile

-Hot- and cold-water shower at the transom


Length w/o platform: 23’


Beam: 8’6”

People: 12

Dry weight: 3,350 lb.

Ballast: 1,300 lb. total (center, rear, bow tank/bag: lb. each)

Tower: Samson wakeboard tower

Racks: Swivel wakeboard racks

Main lounge: 60 sq. ft.

Stereo: Clarion deck, Kicker speakers, amp, subwoofer, remote, satellite-radio ready

Fuel: 59 gal.

Trailer: single/tandem axle

Base MSRP: $61,900



Standard: MerCruiser Black Scorpion 5.7L, 330 hp

Test: MerCruiser Black Scorpion 5.7L, 330 hp

Test prop: Acme 13.5×16 four-blade

Cruise: PerfectPass standard