Nautique Crossover 236 2009

OVERVIEW

With room for 16 and a host of comfortable and convenient features, the Nautique Crossover 236 is a no-brainer for the big multisport family. And yet, since it rests on the same hull as Nautiques' flagship wakeboard boat, the Super Air Nautique 230, this crossover offers as much wake performance as any boat in the Nautique line. In fact, opt for the nearly 800 pounds of factory ballast, FCT2 tower and ZeroOff cruise control, and you come pretty close to having the same setup that pulls the pros at the Air Nautique Wake Games, Masters and Nationals. All with a deep, versatile layout that's perfect for families.

FAVORITE FEATURE:

New Smart Pod Dash

Nautiques' newly redesigned dash is one of the best we've seen - not just this year, but ever. The lightly brushed stainless-steel instruments and panels are easy to see even at night, thanks to new indigo-blue backlighting, and the custom-coded keyless ignition and soft-touch switches are among the most convenient features we've come across.

SPECS:

People: 16

Dry weight: 4,300 lb.

Fuel capacity: 51 gal.

Tower: FCT1*, FCT2*, FCT3*

Racks: Flight Clips (fixed or spinning)*

Wake shaper: Hydro-Gate with SportShift

TEST MEASUREMENTS:

Length: 23 ft. 1.5 in.

Width: 8 ft. 4.5 in.

Bow length: 65 in.

Bow width: 73 in.

Floor to tower: 74 in.

Gunwale: 27 in.

Main lounge: 62 sq. ft.

Sun pad: 23 sq. ft.

Platform: 14 sq. ft.

Ballast: 791 lb. (two rear tanks, one belly tank)

ENGINE:

Standard: PCM Excalibur 5.7L V-8 343 hp

Test: PCM ZR-409 6L 409 hp

Cruise: Nautique Cruise, ZeroOff*

* = Optional

THE WAKES

Our wakeboard test boat came without ballast, but even without the extra weight the 236 produces wakes with long transitions that are easy to ride and are approachable for even the youngest ripper in the family. Remember, though, this is the same hull that tows three pro events, so if you opt for the three factory ballast tanks, this wake is capable of boosting advanced wakeboarders to any trick.