CEN­TU­RION

Ri257

Boating - - CONTENTS - —Gar­rett Cortese

WE SAY First launched in Oc­to­ber

2016, the Ri257 was de­signed to cre­ate some of the big­gest wake­board­ing wakes and wakesurf­ing waves on the mar­ket. For 2018, though, this big boy has got­ten even bet­ter thanks to the in­tro­duc­tion of Cen­tu­rion’s new Opti-V hull. Sim­ply put, the wakes and waves aren’t just the best Cen­tu­rion has ever cre­ated, they are among the best avail­able. What’s more, by re­duc­ing re­sis­tance on the run­ning sur­face, the new hull stays more balanced and im­proves fuel econ­omy. Bet­ter for wakes and your wal­let? We’ll take it.

Com­bine the new hull with the op­tional Quick­Surf Pro sys­tem and you can fine-tune the shape of the wave or wake to suit a va­ri­ety of rid­ers’ pref­er­ences. Our test rider, Sam Baker, al­most couldn’t be­lieve how big and fun the wave was. Baker surfed at 11.6 mph with the Ram­fill bal­last sys­tem 100 per­cent full and ex­tra plug-and-play bal­last at 90. The wave has more than enough push for rid­ers of any size or skill level, with a huge pocket that is easy to find and even eas­ier to stay in.

Wor­ried that get­ting such a big boat with all that ex­tra weight on plane will be an is­sue? Don’t be. Thanks to the Quick­Launch sys­tem, the Ri257 gets on plane eas­ily and with lit­tle bow rise, due to full de­ploy­ment of both the Quick­Surf blades and the Asym­met­ric Wing. With the bal­last sys­tems full, the time to plane is just un­der 6 sec­onds.

WHO’D WANT ONE

Wa­ter­sports en­thu­si­asts who want to fit all their fam­ily and friends while en­joy­ing the ride on pre­mier wakes and waves.

AN­OTHER CHOICE

The Mal­ibu 25 LSV isn’t as long but is rated to hold 19.

BOT­TOM LINE

$179,907 (as tested); cen­tu­ri­on­boats.com

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