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Five Great Tow Boats Under $25,000
Want to get your family out on the water? Here are five boats under $25,000 that can help you and your family start shredding.
Learning to water-ski, getting bounced around on a tube or carving turns on a kneeboard is part of the rites of passage of growing up in a boating family. But the “entry-level” specialty boats required for hard-core tow sports start at around $40,000, and the pro-level boats can have six-figure sticker prices. What if you just want to get out and have a good time with your family and friends? Here are five boats that can help you start shredding, each with a sticker price under $25,000.
PWC: Sea-Doo Wake Pro 215
Pros: Tons of standard tow features, can be towed behind almost any car, no prop worries
Cons: Three-person maximum crew capacity, smaller wakes
Sport it up: Add a second wakeboard rack.
Bottom line: $13,999; sea-doo.com
Here’s a personal watercraft specifically designed for tow sports, with a ton of standard features that enhance its capabilities. Maybe the most important is its electronic throttle control system that Sea-Doo calls iControl. It features a speed-based “Ski Mode” that lets you choose from five acceleration profiles that keep a steady speed and allow the driver to focus on handling rather than the throttle.
The driver can keep an eye on the action with twin rear-view mirrors, but the wake package provides security for a rear-facing spotter in the form of grab handles on a retractable, three-position tow pylon. There’s also a removable gunwale-mounted board rack with the option to add a second. The swim platform has a fold-down boarding step, making it easier for boarders to sit and strap on the bindings. Of course, with jet propulsion, there’s no concern about the prop.
With the 215 hp Rotax engine, the 215 tops 63 mph. The S3 hull makes it one of the best-cornering PWCs on the market, and the iBR (intelligent brake and reverse) system gives it superior slow-speed handling around the launch ramp.
Displacement: 834 lb.
Fuel Capacity: 15.9 gal.
Max Horsepower: 215