The biggest boat in the Supreme lineup for the 2018 model year, the S238 lived up to its reputation during our full day of testing and riding by delivering a large wave with ample push. With seating capacity for you and a crew of up to 16, we also found you need not be shy about inviting family, friends, and even the inevitable friends of friends. This boat provides the space needed to bring everybody with you for a day of excitement out on the lake.
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It’s certainly got the get up and go needed to perform with a large crew aboard. When we put the throttle handle in the corner, our test boat zoomed to a top speed of 38.1 mph and accelerated to 20 mph in just 5.9 seconds. Still, it posted a thrifty 3 mpg while cruising along at 22 mph. It’s quick and efficient. And the rough-water ride is attenuated more than with most watersports boats by the V shape of the hull and the acutely angled keel.
Engaging the QuickSurf system makes increasing the size of the wave produced by this boat easy and takes little time. We discovered the Supreme S238’s wave grows substantially as we added ballast. For example, with just a captain and a spotter on board during testing, the wave was big and the pocket was easy for our rider to find and stay in; she never had to hunt for it. At nearly 24 feet long and with the signature deep-V hull, the Supreme S238 displaces an inherently massive amount of water compared to other boats. This characteristic, a result of size and hull shape, ensures a nice long wave that allows riders to switch back and forth with ease. Overall, the S238’s wave proved very rider-friendly and forgiving. We found it a lot of fun. But it’s still a big and powerful enough wave for advanced riders to push themselves while learning new tricks. While it can suit a variety of styles, surf-style riders will especially love this wave. For instance, adjusting the center tab settings also allows customizing the wave characteristics to suit individual rider preferences. Ballast capacity is 2,700 pounds.
Using the new SeeTouch Dash makes controlling boat systems simple. With its features and performance, Supreme makes it easy to place the S238 on the short list of those seeking a new tow-sports boat.
* Supreme’s deep-V hull produces a solid wave and provides a more comfortable ride than other watersports boats, whether wakesurfing or cruising across the lake.
* The S238 is Supreme’s biggest boat, which means there is a lot of space to spread out and enjoy time on the water. The big bow is especially spacious.
* Displacing water is one thing, but in order to make a good wave, you need some technology. QuickSurf makes a solid, clean wave with the push of a button.
Price: $98,523 (as tested without tax/dealer prep/shipping)
How We Tested
Engine: 409 hp GM Marine L96
Drive/Prop: V-drive/14 1/2″ x 14 1/4″ 4-blade Nibral
Gear Ratio: 1.72:1
Fuel Load: 20 gal.
Crew Weight: 365 lb.
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