MB Sports F23 Tomcat 2009


Already one of the standout core wake rides from our 2008 tests, the MB Sports F23 Tomcat was further fine-tuned for ’09. MB Sports started by refining the Tomcat’s CAD-designed hull, improving the consistency of its just-right wakes. In true West Coast form, they also relocated its underwater gear to clean up the wake at slow speeds, delivering a crisper wakesurf wake. Next, they replaced their ballast pumps with a fuss-free gate system that floods the sack-less under-floor ballast with 2,400 pounds of water faster than you can put on a board. The end result: A great wakeboard boat made even better.


Roomier Cockpit

The MB Sports F23’s refresh didn’t stop at the hull. MB Sports completely rethought the top deck as well, giving the wraparound seating a limousinelike vibe and spending nine months refreshing the interior graphics. Our favorite change: The extra legroom created in the cockpit when MB Sports moved the dash 18 inches forward.



Base MSRP: $72,995

People: 16

Dry weight: 4,300 lb.


Fuel capacity: 65 gal.

Tower: Skylon Tomcat II

Racks: Skylon (swivel), (swivel, telescoping)*


Wake shaper: Electric trim plate


Length: 23 ft. 6 in.

Width: 8 ft. 8 in.


Bow length: 58 in.

Bow width: 74 in.

Floor to tower: 79 in.

Gunwale: 26 in.

Main lounge: 64 sq. ft.

Sun pad: 24 sq. ft.

Platform: 14 sq. ft.

Ballast: 2,400 lb. (two 1,200-lb. center tanks)


Standard: PCM Excalibur 410 hp 6L V8

Test: PCM Excalibur 410 hp 6L V8

Test prop: Acme 14 x 14.25 four-blade

Cruise: ZeroOff

* = Optional


Thanks to its 2,400-pound ballast system, the MB Sports F23 serves up plenty of meat, but these wakes are also crisp and well-defined, with a peaky lip for a lot of straight-up pop. Fill that brand-new ballast system halfway for great beginner to intermediate wakes. Top it off, and you have a wakeboard boat with advanced-level wakes right out of the box.