KEY FEA­TURES OF WA­TER­SPORTS BOATS SWIVEL BOARD RACKS

These boats are loaded with spe­cial­ized fea­tures and tech­nol­ogy de­signed to al­low riders to per­form.

Boating - - BOAT DOCTOR | BOAT DOC SPECIAL - —Gar­rett Cortese

We know that most of our read­ers are ex­pe­ri­enced boaters. In fact, our aver­age reader cur­rently owns their third boat and has been boat­ing since child­hood. That’s real ex­pe­ri­ence.

The other side of that coin is no­body can know ev­ery­thing. Plus, some classes of boats, such as wa­ter­sports boats like the Supra SA 550 pic­tured here, have evolved ex­po­nen­tially in just the last few years. The sys­tems and fea­tures these boats pos­sess might just im­press even the most ex­pe­ri­enced boaters in our read­er­ship.

ELEC­TRIC TOWER

The Supra Power Tower is a great ex­am­ple of a wa­ter­sports tower that folds for stor­age, trai­ler­ing or a low bridge at the touch of a but­ton.

HIGH-PER­FOR­MANCE V-DRIVE

High-out­put en­gines, like the Ind­mar Rap­tor in the SA 550, turn props through a V-drive gear for max­i­mized torque and speed con­trol and pro­vide safety while wakesurf­ing. Board racks, like these PTM swivel board racks, pro­vide ease of ac­cess and space-sav­ing func­tion­al­ity.

E-Z BIMINI

Supra’s Max Cov­er­age Bimini is a great ex­am­ple of a Bimini top that snaps into place rather than re­quir­ing cum­ber­some pins, and it can be de­ployed or folded by one per­son.

BIG-SCREEN CON­TROL

The new­est boats fea­ture bigscreen dis­plays, such as Supra’s Vi­sion Touch Dash, that en­able mon­i­tor­ing and op­er­a­tion of all sys­tems in a con­ve­nient, easy-to-see man­ner.

STEER­ING-WHEEL CON­TROLS

Supra places au­dio and

wake-shap­ing con­trol but­tons so that ad­just­ments can be made without the need to take your hands from the wheel.

POWER HEATED SEAT

The “cool” fac­tor of a heated seat that’s also power-ad­justable is un­de­ni­able. Few com­forts prove more cov­eted on cool morn­ings with mist ris­ing from flat wa­ter.

BAL­LAST SYS­TEMS

Most mod­ern wake­boats of­fer sub­floor bal­last tanks that can be filled with the push of a but­ton to beef up wakes and waves. Up to 3,500 pounds can be pumped aboard the SA 550, in four lo­ca­tions.

AUTOWAKE CON­TROL

While pre­cise ad­just­ments and cus­tom pro­files can be di­aled in man­u­ally, Supra’s AutoWake takes the trou­ble out of shift­ing weight or pas­sen­gers around by de­tect­ing the boat’s pitch and roll and au­to­mat­i­cally ad­just­ing bal­last as needed for op­ti­mal wake shape and size. Set­tings can be saved as pre­sets so that AutoWake can ad­just for each rider.

WAKE SHAP­ING

Wake-shap­ing de­vices come in two forms on today’s wa­ter­sports boats: cen­ter-mounted tran­som tabs and port and star­board plates. The port and star­board plates are de­signed to be used for wakesurf­ing. Once de­ployed, the plate changes the di­rec­tion of wa­ter com­ing off the boat’s hull on that side, thereby mak­ing a large, sur­fa­ble wave on the other side. Cen­ter-mounted tabs, like Supra’s Smart Plate, change the hull’s run­ning sur­face, which al­lows them to ad­just a wake or wave’s height and length.

Spe­cial­ized en­gines, like the Rap­tor by Ind­mar se­ries used by Supra, are en­gi­neered with the torque and power to de­liver wa­ter­sports thrills.

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