2024 Centurion Fe22

The Centurion Fe22 offers full-on wakesurfing performance and numerous amenities in a more affordable package.

Centurion’s all-new Fe22 was designed and developed to be more affordable while still ­offering the wakesurfing and wakeboarding performance for which Centurion has become famous.

Centurion markets the Fe22 with a Surf Ready package that offers a lot of performance technologies and creature comforts, with an advertised price of $139,995. This consists of Centurion’s QuickSurf Pro system, Ramfill 2 ballast system (plus extra ballast, for a total of 4,350 pounds), a Roswell Battle Advance tower with board racks and Bimini top, and more. The Fe22’s angular style lines and signature badging give it a look that fits right in with its Centurion siblings. It also inherits the acclaimed Opti-V Hull—a deep-V-shaped design that creates added water displacement and a smoother, more comfortable ride in windblown chop.

Centurion Fe22 on the water
Centurion’s Opti-V hull is a deep-V that helps create wakes and waves while providing a smoother ride when running in rough water. Garrett Cortese

What makes the Fe22 unique as a price-point model in the ­Centurion line is that you don’t immediately see it or feel it upon stepping inside, and you definitely don’t notice it when it comes to the wakesurfing performance. While many other entry-level boats can feel like stripped-down versions of preexisting models or molds (and they often are), the Fe22 does not. Like other Centurion models, it features a comfortable, sturdy Spradling vinyl interior with plenty of padding both in the seats and bolsters. The only knock might be the lack of a reversible rear seat for better watching the action on the water. It’s common in many V-drives at all price points but is by no means a deal-breaker for the Fe22. Flooring throughout is GatorStep, and even the storage areas underneath the seats are Rhino-lined, giving this boat a nice, finished feel, even in the unseen areas. The ­22-footer is rated for 13 passengers and has a listed dry weight of 5,100 pounds, so add in some friends and the 4,350 pounds of ballast, and you’re ready to create serious wakes and waves for riders of all levels.

The Fe22 wakeboarding
The Fe22 is capable of serving mellow waves for new riders or steeper, “lippier” ones preferred by advanced riders. Courtesy Centurion Boats

The QuickSurf Pro, Ramfill and ballast systems are all easily controlled from the large touchscreen at the helm. While other ­Centurion models feature dual side-by-side touchscreens, the Fe22 is limited to the single, but it doesn’t take away from any functionality or aesthetics. QuickSurf Pro features port and starboard plates mounted at the transom for surfing either side (and quickly being able to switch on the fly), while the center-mounted plate helps adjust the characteristics of the wakes and waves. The ability to fine-tune waves through ballast and plate adjustments means the Fe22 is capable of serving ­mellow waves for new riders or steeper, “lippier” ones preferred by advanced riders. At 22 feet, the Fe22 is easier to displace than its bigger Centurion siblings, and with all that ballast, it quickly kicks out pro-level wakes and waves.

The captain is treated to a swiveling ­Cobra Racing seat that is as comfortable as it is stylish. To the left of the steering wheel there is a stereo head unit and a wireless phone-charger cradle. Behind the steering wheel are dual paddle-shifter controls, which control the center wake plate and the speed control for on-the-fly adjustments. An all-new windshield designed to flow with the lines of the Fe22 wraps the cockpit in style. In the floor of the walk-through is a convenient built-in cooler, and above is a hatch to a trash bin integrated into the storage behind the OB seat. The Roswell tower integrates seamlessly with the boat, and comes in white or black colorways, with side panels that can be upgraded to a custom color of your choosing. With the Surf Ready package, the tower is equipped with two WetSounds speakers, which complement the seven additional speakers (including a subwoofer) throughout the interior.

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Centurion Fe22 wireless phone charger
To the left of the steering wheel there is a stereo head unit and a wireless phone-charger cradle. Courtesy Centurion Boats

For power, a 6L 409 hp PCM Crusader comes standard, and provides plenty of giddy-up to get on plane, especially when the QuickLaunch system is engaged, which utilizes the surf plates to assist with planing while making bow rise almost nonexistent. Accessing the swim platform is both easy and convenient, thanks to a transom walk-through and a step pad built into the rear bench. This keeps foot traffic off the upholstery—always a plus. At the transom, a large rear locker conveniently stows several boards and all the requisite gear, but it also is upgradable to hold additional ballast.

Centurion Fe22 passenger console compartment
There are stereo controls and a breaker panel in the glove box. Courtesy Centurion Boats

In terms of shopping, buyers will want to look at the Moomba Craz ($116,300 well-equipped), a fellow 22-footer with a lot of similar specs and options, including 4,500 pounds of ballast and a 70-gallon tank. The Craz also offers a passenger rating of 16.

As buyers in the watersports market have become inundated with bigger boats with price tags to match, it’s refreshing for Centurion to create the Fe22 with the sole purpose of making it more affordable relative to the market while still delivering great performance. This model not only does that, but top to bottom, it also is a good-looking, well-built, comfortable and really fun boat. For buyers who don’t need every bell and whistle, or who don’t need anything more than 22 feet, the Fe22 should make the shortlist. 

Centurion Fe22 cooler
In the floor of the walk-through is a convenient built-in cooler. Courtesy Centurion Boats

How We Tested

  • Engine: PCM Crusader 6L 409 hp
  • Drive/Prop: V-drive/Acme 2829 16.5″ x 15″ 4-blade nibral
  • Gear Ratio: 1.72:1 Fuel Load: 70 gal. Crew Weight: 350 lb.

High Points

  • Comfort—the Fe22 feels much bigger than other similarly sized boats, plus the interior materials are top-notch.
  • Ease of use—the onboard systems make getting out and riding a breeze.
  • As part of the Surf Ready package, the Champ sound system, with its nine speakers, sounds great everywhere in the boat.

Low Points

  • The Fe22 lacks customizable seating often found in many other V-drive wakeboats.

Pricing and Specs

Price:$139,995 (MSRP, as tested)
Displacement:5,100 lb.
Transom Deadrise:20 degrees
Bridge Clearance:NA
Ballast:4,350 lb. (with Surf Ready package; 5,150 lb. optional)
Seat/Weight Capacity:13/NA
Fuel Capacity:70 gal.
Max Horsepower/Torque:450/450 ft.-lb.
Available Power:6.0L Crusader Challenger engines to 450 hp/ft.-lb.
Centurion Fe22 performance chart
Centurion Fe22 Certified Test Results Boating Magazine

Centurion Boats – Merced, California; centurionboats.com