The beauty of the Heyday WT-2 is its absolute devotion to function. The Heyday mission is to deliver maximum wakesports performance for minimum dollars, and in that regard, the new 22-foot-6-inch WT-2 picks up right where the brilliantly innovative WT-1, the debut model from this brand, left off. Three feet longer than the WT-1, the WT-2 has a base price of $49,995 and is designed to produce the wake performance of a typical tow boat, one that would routinely cost more than $100,000.
Heyday — now a part of the Bayliner family — is devoted to reducing the cost of tow-boat ownership. The broad, sponsoned bow reduces the chances of a swamping when picking up a downed rider. It also helps reduce costs by eliminating some material from the build, and shortens the overall boat size and weight for easier towing and storage — the hull length of the WT-2 is 20 feet with the platform removed. The 117-degree angle of the transom creates a natural curl-and-push effect, so the WT-2 does not need additional devices to produce an outstanding surf wake. The helm is almost devoid of instruments. Why? Heyday figures you already own a tablet computer, which is also where you store your music. Bluetooth makes the connection to the engine and the Wet Sounds sound bar.
What’s new on the WT-2 is the location of the helm, which moved from the boat’s center (as on the WT-1) to starboard, but it is still located as far forward as possible to enhance visibility at towing speed. Adjacent to the motor box are the new “hot tub” lounges with curved bottoms designed to cradle a pair of observers as close to the wake action as possible. These also keep crew off the motor box while underway and so help to comply with U.S. Coast Guard regulations. A 350 hp V-drive powertrain is tuned and propped to deliver a mountain of towing torque that popped us on plane in 1.5 seconds. The wake is thick and powerful, but the WT-2 is also a pleasure to drive at cruising speed, comfortable and predictable with razor-sharp reflexes. Form does indeed follow function, and this boat really works.
Comparable Model: MasterCraft NXT22