With the introduction of its new Vi series, Centurion brings the clean, stylish lines of its water-ski past to its big-wake future. At first glance, the Vi22 stands out because of its lower gunwales and sportier stance on the water. Upon further inspection, you’ll find a capable wake- and wave-maker built upon Centurion’s successful Opti-V hull with 20 degrees of deadrise.
Designed specifically to push more water at wakeboarding and wakesurfing speeds, the Opti-V hull shapes up sizable, symmetrical wakes and waves. Add in the 2,850 pounds of subfloor ballast, plus another 1,750 of optional plug-and-play ballast, and this boat displaces serious water.
For our testing, with a captain and two passengers, we filled all the rear ballast but left the bow empty. This helped sink the Vi22’s transom a bit more to punch up the waves some. It had plenty of push for a fun, action-filled afternoon. Both the wakes and waves can be tweaked with the push of a button, thanks to Centurion’s QuickSurf Pro system tabs on each side of the transom, as well as the center-mounted Stinger Wake Plate. Drop the tab to steepen the wave, or lift it to add length.
Inside, Centurion boasts Spradling upholstery, GatorStep-lined floors, and customizable seating options with room for 12. At the helm, the driver is treated to a 12-inch touchscreen front and center to control major functions, including Ramfill ballast, speed control and more.
With most of the ballast below the Vi22’s floor, there’s plenty of storage throughout for gear and essentials.
Thanks again to that 20 degrees of deadrise, the ride on the Vi22 proved more comfortable in chop and rougher conditions. With a PCM 409 powerplant, the Vi22 will plane with ease, even when weighted down with ballast and friends—and with Centurion’s QuickLaunch technology, bow rise is minimal.
The Vi22 shines in both the looks and fun departments. The variety of wakes and waves it makes are great for everyone from first-timers up to more advanced riders, and can be customized to a variety of preferences. The transom-mounted tow pylon makes it easy to tow skiers, tubes or anything else.