While crossover tow boats are not new, in the past, makers presented either a ski-based boat that didn’t wakeboard or surf very well, or a wakeboat that didn’t ski very well. In response to that demand, several manufacturers have introduced true crossover boats capable of doing it all. The Super Air Nautique GS22 stands as a prime example.
Utilizing hull features from other, world-record-setting Nautique boats, the GS22 is surprisingly capable in its versatility, in large part because of the customization capabilities of the Nautique Configurable Running Surface (NCRS) tab at the transom. This tab, controlled via a touchscreen at the dash, can be adjusted to change the wake’s shape characteristics based on a rider’s preferences. For the GS22, the NCRS has a ski setting, helping the boat sit at the optimal attitude for smaller wakes based on the skier’s preferred speed.
For wakeboarding and wakesurfing, the GS22 is well-equipped with 2,250 pounds of subfloor ballast, along with the Nautique Surf System (NSS), which can be remotely controlled to shape up big waves and allow the rider to transfer from side to side with ease.
The GS22 possesses lines similar to its larger G-series fleet mates, but it sports lower, sleeker gunwales. At 22 feet, the GS22 easily holds 15 passengers in comfort, with plenty of room for stowage. Wraparound seating also features adjustable backrests to better allow for watching the action. There are also two lounge chairs at the swim platform — great for hanging out and swimming.
The Flight Control Tower integrates seamlessly with the lines of the boat while providing room for speakers, board racks, and an oversize Bimini top that provides plenty of shade. Want eyes in the back of your head? Upgrade the tower with the small camera that links with the LINC Panoray display at the helm.
Equipped with the H6DI engine from PCM, this 6.2L puts out 465 foot-pounds of torque courtesy of 450 hp.
While the GS22 isn’t going to make giant wakes like its big brother, the G23, or world-class slalom wakes like its ski cousin, it is going to offer watersports-loving families the ability to do all of those things well.
- True crossover capabilities accommodate advanced water-skiers, wakeboarders and wakesurfers alike, all with the push of a few buttons.
- Nautique Surf System makes wakesurfing and transferring from one side to another a breeze.
- LINC Panoray dash combined with the Helm Command controls put everything at the driver’s fingertips.
- No convertible, rear-facing bench like its G-series cousins.
The Malibu 22 VLX ($105,000, wel-equipped) is a similarly sized and appointed crossover boat with a more traditional bow. See your local dealer for full details.
Price: $115,701 (base)
Available Power: V-Drive
How We Tested
Engine: 450 hp PCM H6DI
Drive/Props: V-drive/14.5″ x 14.25″ 4-blade Acme
Gear Ratio: 1:48:1
Fuel Load: 47 gal.
Crew Weight: 365 lb.
Nautique Boat Company – Orlando, Florida; 800-346-2092; nautique.com