Nautique Super Air 230 2009

OVERVIEW

Nautiques' flagship, the Super Air Nautique 230 is a hard-core wakeboard boat designed for dedicated riders. That's obvious from its résumé, which starts with "official tow boat of the Air Nautique Wake Games, Masters and Air Nautique WWA Wakeboard National Championships" and includes "boat of choice for virtually every rider on Team Nautique, from Danny Harf to JD Webb." The Super Air Nautique 230's versatile interior holds 16 and features a rider-friendly six rear-facing seats. It was made even better for '09 with the new Hummer-inspired smart pod dash, a banging revamped sound system and the you-know-a-rider-owns-this-boat snap-in Crest carpet, which features a three-color graphic that matches the hull's Super Air Griffin design.

FAVORITE FEATURE:

Upgraded Sound System

Nautiques overhauled its sound systems for 2009, upgrading to Polk Audio components, including superior amps, speakers and subs. What's our favorite upgrade? These only-seen-here rotating tower speakers, which ratchet around 180 degrees to blast sound back to the rider, down into the wakeboard boat or forward onto the beach.

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: 64 in.

Bow width: 73 in.

Floor to tower: 76 in.

Gunwale: 26 in.

Main lounge: 61 sq. ft.

Sun pad: 22 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*

Test prop: Acme TKx TK four-blade

Cruise: Nautique Cruise, ZeroOff*

* = Optional

THE WAKES

The Super Air Nautique 230's tournament-tested wakes have long transitions, a solid lip and pro-level pop and will get as big as any wake in the sport today, allowing you to boost every high-end move. Its easy-to-drive double-ups, which have booted multiple 1080s, are equally impressive.