Boat Test: 2024 Axis A245

The Axis A245 is a stylish, high-performance watersports machine ready for anybody that wants to have a ton of fun.
Axis A245 running
The A245 delivers world-class wakes and waves. Tom King


An all-new boat for 2024, the Axis A245’s running surface is still designated as a “Wake-Plus” hull. But it is designed specifically to work with the updated ballast placement, and even more with the Power Wedge III and Surf Gate systems. Push a few buttons, and the A245 pumps out world-class wakes and waves. The combination of the Power Wedge and Surf Gate has long made the setting up of an Axis (and adjusting it on the fly) one of the easiest on the market. The Power Wedge not only acts as an extra 1,500 pounds of ballast by pulling the back of the A245 deeper into the water, but it also customizes the shape of the wakes and waves. With six positions from which to choose, it’s easy to dial in rider ­preferences. At position one, the wave is longer and mellower, and as the Power Wedge moves toward position six, the wave gradually gets steeper and more powerful. For extra control, ­riders can wear the Surf Band remote. That lets them adjust the Power Wedge, boatspeed, Surf Gate side (making transfers even easier to time) and tower ­speaker volume, all while riding.

Axis A245 helm
The helm can be equipped with a premium sport dash that includes wireless charging, a 7-inch touchscreen, a remote stereo head, and a soft-touch keypad. Tom King

Interior and Accessories

Rated for a crew of 18, the A245 is spacious, with enough storage and amenities to suit everyone on board. Truly, the depth of the storage areas ­under the lounge seating has to be seen (or stood in) to be believed. Seating can be customized with a sliding rear bench, as well as pop-up backrests on both sides of the wraparound lounge. The bow retains Axis’ signature, wide, pickle-fork look, which means plenty of space and storage. The A245’s higher gunwales and updated sheerline also make it more comfortable throughout.

Axis A245 bow seating
The bow features plush, deep seating. Tom King

Overhead, the AW20 tower offers board storage built into the oversize Bimini top. Multiple board racks can be added to either side. The AW20 is easily lowered by a single person thanks to integrated gas shocks, even with boards in the racks and the four optional Wet Sounds Rev10 mounted to it.

Axis A245 cockpit seating
Customizable seating includes the sliding rear bench. Tom King

The A245 can be equipped with a premium sport dash that includes wireless phone charging, a 7-inch touchscreen, a remote stereo, and a soft-touch keypad that allows for quick, easy control of major systems such as ballast, Surf Gate, Power Wedge, and lighting. The touchscreen also ­offers control of all these systems.

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Axis A245 wakesurfing
Surf Gate creates a perfect wave on either side of the boat. Tom King

The A245 is a stylish, high-performance watersports machine ready for anybody to have a ton of fun.

How We Tested

  • Engine: Monsoon 430 hp Malibu Monsoon M6Di 430 hp/ 460 lb.-ft. torque
  • Drive/Prop: V-drive/15″ x 15.75″ 2277 4-blade nibral
  • Gear Ratio: 1.76:1 Fuel Load: 72 gal. Crew Weight: 340 lb.

High Points

  • Put the Power Wedge into lift mode to help the A245 get on plane with minimal bow rise.
  • Wear the Surf Band when riding to ­control Surf Gate, Power Wedge, cruise speeds and more.
  • Fill the walk-through transom with a cushion for an extra-large lounge area.

Low Points

  • The sliding rear bench doesn’t feature a built-in backrest—it needs to be inserted manually.

Toughest Competitor

When shopping against the A245, check out the Ri245 from Centurion. It’s similar in size and high-end performance, and while rated for 16 passengers, offers 5,650 pounds of ­ballast.

Pricing and Specs

Price:$112,651 (starting)
Displacement:5,500 lb.
Transom Deadrise:NA
Bridge Clearance:NA
Ballast:5,300 lb. (with Power Wedge III deployed)
Fuel Capacity:94 gal.
Max Horsepower/Torque:607 hp/606 lb.-ft.
Available Power:Malibu Monsoon V -drive inboards to 607 hp/606 lb.-ft. torque

Speed, Efficiency, Operation

Axis A245 performance data
Axis A245 Certified Test Results Boating Magazine

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