The Tigé R21 boasts a long list of features not typically found aboard most value conscious entries in the watersports boat category. Yet, our extensive evaluation did not reveal any shortcuts in construction or rigging, nor did the boat’s performance lack for joy, despite its attractive MSRP. It demonstrated versatility at a range of watersports and made an impact on members of our test team who rode behind the boat, like Emily Dale of a sister publication, Wakeboarding magazine.
“The R21’s wave was really substantial and had a ton of power,” Dale says, noting that this is something you won’t always find from a boat that falls into the 21.5-foot range.
Dale credits much of the wave’s awesomeness to TAPS 3, Tigé’s surf system that consists of three adjustable plates. Based on their orientation, these plates create powerful and clean waves on either side and allow for speedy three-second transfers. We were impressed that the TAPS 3 Surf System comes as a standard feature on the R21, a budget-friendly boat. It’s a must-have if you want easily configurable, high-level surfing performance. With TAPS 3, you’re getting one of the most progressive surf systems on the market today, without having to break the bank. Whether you’re talking about length, height, steepness or push, this wave is outstanding across the board, Dale says.
This boat was a blast to run, too. With the Indmar 360R engine, it rocketed onto plane at a time that averaged 4.4 seconds with the ballast tanks empty. We recorded a top speed of 42.8 mph, and the R21 proved efficient, netting a thrifty 3.6 mpg efficiency at 35 mph. Its patented ConvexV hull contributes to its wave shaping and its performance thanks to the way it curves up toward the transom. This continuous rocker harnesses the Coanda effect, which causes fluid to adhere to a curved surface.
If you’re in the market for a value-class boat that offers a ton of top-notch features and watersports capabilities, the R21 might just be the perfect boat for you.
* Patented ConvexV hull enhances performance, shaping wakes and waves like no other.
* TAPS lets you go from a wakeboarding wake to a slalom wake in seconds.
* Tigé Active Touch touchscreen is large, bright and intuitive, and works like a smartphone.
How We Tested
Engine: Indmar 360R
Drive/Prop: V-drive/14″ x 12″ 4-blade Nibral
Gear Ratio: 1.5:1
Fuel Load: 48 gal.
Crew Weight: 450 lb.
Ballast Tanks: Empty
Tigé Boats Abilene, Texas; 325-676-7777; tige.com