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Axis T23 Boat Test

The Axis T23 has the ability to provide tons of on-water fun for everybody.

September 13, 2019
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Axis T23 running shot
LOA: 23’5″ | Beam: 8’6″ | Draft: 2’3″ | Displacement: 5,000 lb. | Ballast: 4,600 lb. | Seat/Weight Capacity: 16/2,256 lb. | Transom Deadrise: NA | Bridge Clearance: NA | Fuel Capacity: 65 gal. | Max Horsepower: 450 | Available Power: Monsoon V-drive | More Information: axiswake.com Jordan Klein Film and Video

Built upon the Wake Plus hull, which is designed to push more water to help create sizable wakes and waves, the all-new 2019 Axis T23 has the ability to provide tons of on-water fun for everybody on board at just the push of a few buttons.

With just a driver, ­passenger, factory ballast (with optional plug-and-play upgrade), and the new Power Wedge III, the T23 put up a wake and wave that advanced riders will love. Add a few more friends to the boat, and the wake only continues to impress. By adjusting the Power Wedge III, you can change the characteristics of the wakes to fit your style and needs. The other advantage of the new Power Wedge III is its lift mode, which positions the foil in a way that makes it easier for the T23 to get on plane while loaded with full ballast.

The T23 also features Surf Gate—hydraulic tabs at each side of the transom that deploy with the push of a button, allowing the boat to go from wakeboarding to wakesurfing without having to move weight around. Combined with the Surf Band remote system worn on the rider’s wrist, Surf Gate can be ­controlled on the fly while riding, and allows for transfers from a port wave to a starboard wave (or vice versa) with ease.

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At the helm, the captain benefits from an all-new swiveling helm seat that is easier to access and more comfortable. Axis’ famous analog gauges remain front and center on the dash, allowing the driver to easily read mph, rpm and fuel, while soft-touch buttons ­allow for control of accessories such as the bilge, blower and ballast tanks.

Advantages to V-drive powertrains, like the one installed in this boat

With room for 16, the T23 can hold all your family and friends, plus tons of gear thanks to ample, deep storage, and racks ­integrated into the tower. New interior materials provide more comfort all around. Plus, much of the interior layout can be ­customized for a variety of seating arrangements, including a convertible rear-facing bench. Simply put, the T23 is going to keep everybody on board smiling.

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High Points

  • New audio system features zone control, so you can blast the tunes to the rider from the tower speakers while keeping the volume down inside the cockpit.
  • Captain’s seat has been redesigned, and is more comfortable and versatile thanks to new materials, easier entry and exit, and rotating and sliding capabilities.
  • Combination of Surf Gate, Power Wedge III and Surf Band is among the best and easiest to use in the business.

Low Points

  • Adding backrests to the convertible Skybox bench-style seat is not as convenient as other options on the market.

Toughest Competitor
The Moomba Max will hold up to 17, with a starting suggested retail of $63,880, but the T23 offers greater customization of the wakes and waves when equipped with the Power Wedge III.

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Price: $72,207 (starting)

Available Power: V-drive

Axis T23 performance test
Axis T23 Certified Test Results Boating Magazine

How We Tested
Engine: PCM Monsoon 409
Prop: Acme 15″ x 14.25″ 4-blade
Gear Ratio: 1.72:1
Fuel Load: 24 gal.
Crew Weight: 340 lb.

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Axis Wake Research – Loudon, Tennessee; 865-458-5478; axiswake.com

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