Crossovers: Direct- & V-Drives
Dual-purpose models for the water-sports enthusiasts who do it all
Not everyone is a competition-level skier or boarder, and not everyone needs a boat that will optimize their skill levels for a specific sport. The tow-boat builders have got this subsegment covered too. With more tow-sport features and designs blurring the lines between each category, and with families wanting to do a variety of things behind the boat, the crossover tow boat is becoming popular. The crossover is either a direct-drive or V-drive model that shares wake and tow characteristics with the other style.
The Sport Nautique 200 is a 20-foot V-drive based on the classic Ski Nautique hull. It comes, as expected, with a tower and 736 pounds of ballast capacity for big wakes and plenty of air time for wakeboarders. If you drain the ballast, this tow boat provides small wakes and excellent tracking for the slalom course. The Sport Nautique 200 includes a removable center-mounted tow pylon to give slalom skiers more exact, tournamentlike conditions. The 200 also features a Hydro-Gate for shaping the wake to surfers, skaters and boarders.
The MasterCraft X2 is another 20-foot V-drive crossover that is suited to slaloming (without ballast). Add ballast and attach your line to its tower, and the X2 turns into a wakeboard towing machine. The boat features MasterCraft’s Surf Tabs, which are electronically actuated trim tabs that are controlled from the helm to allow for fine-tuning a surf wake to the rider’s preferences.
V-drives are not the only crossovers; builders make direct drives suited for boarding, surfing and skating too. Moomba features a 20½-foot direct-drive inboard, the Outback. With a shallow hull deadrise and a weight of only 2,750 pounds, the Outback creates small wakes for slalomers while the center placement of the engine enhances tracking. Add 275 pounds to the ballast below the stern seat and adjust the trim plate mounted on the base of the transom, and the Outback rides deeper in the water for some glorious wakes.