Probably the most over-hyped, marketed and discussed item on a wakesurf boat is the Surf System. “My surf system is better than yours” seems to be a topic that is screamed from every proverbial roof in the wake boat industry and there is A LOT of bad information out there about these devices that allow you to move water from side to side to create a surf wave.
The plates/tabs/gates that sit at the back end of a boat are great for creating delayed convergence, but there is a lot more that goes into creating a surf wave than just the device that diverts water flow at the back of a boat. The biggest factors that are involved in what really makes a “Surf System”, are as follows:
-The plates/gates/tabs that direct water flow at the back of the boat -The hull design, or better put, running surface of the boat -The ballast [...]
The topic of how much ballast a boat has is a very common one, and for a good reason since there is no replacement for displacement when it comes to wakesurfing. Less common, however, is a discussion about where that ballast is located and how that impacts the surf wave a boat will put out and the way it will drive. So let’s take a minute and unpack this and talk about ballast placement.
Many people assume that the way a particular boat manufacturer places ballast in a boat is what is optimal for creating a surf wave on that particular boat, however, if you do some digging you will quickly find that this isn’t necessarily the case. Many users are adding ballast to the bow or rear of boats to increase their performance and improve the surf wave. Adding this weight to increase the size of the wave is one thing, but many users [...]
Is there really such thing as a boat that can wakeboard, surf, AND ski? Many people are skeptical that one boat can simply do it all. If you look at the boats designed for skiing, they have a drastically different running surface than the boats designed for wakesurfing.
How can you make a boat that’s fun to ski behind and surf behind? There are two ways that boat manufacturers are making boats that can both ski and surf well.
Put a surf system and ballast on a boat with a flat hull
Put a surf system, ballast and XL trim plate on a boat with a surf hull
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Recently we had the opportunity to run some tests and shoot some video with a Malibu MXZ that we took on trade and see how it compared against boats in our Centurion lineup. In this video we test the ballast fill times for the Centurion Ri237 and the Malibu 24MXZ and see how they compare as well as give details on the ballast systems.
Here are the ballast fill times for adding 3,000 lbs. into the boats: Centurion Ri237 – 54 seconds Malibu 24MXZ – 10 Minutes 20 seconds
In the video you may notice that while Jack is out surfing behind the Ri237 that the video is clipped and looped. After we shot the video and came back to sync up the footage on the two cameras we noticed that Jack finished surfing earlier than we had expected and there was a big gap between when they finished surfing and when the [...]
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This video is a follow up to the video that we made comparing a Malibu MXZ and a Nautique G23 to a Centurion Ri257 looking at fuel economy and power. If you would like to check them out you can see each of them here:
There were a number of people that were concerned that the information wasn’t valid because the Malibu MXZ we used in the video was a 2016 model and the 2017 model changed both the hull and the drivetrain of the boat. As you can imagine, getting current model boats to do this kind of testing is difficult, REALLY difficult. We made the offer to run our fuel flow rate Diacom test on any manufacturer’s current model year towboat, but had no takers.
Well, it didn’t take long for us to take a 2017 Malibu 24 MXZ in on trade for a new Centurion. Of course, we couldn’t miss [...]
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This post is part 2 in our video series that takes a direct look at the Centurion Opti-V Hull and how it compares to it’s two major competing boats on the Market – a Malibu 24 MXZ and a Nautique G23.
The first video in this series was the most shared, talked about and debated post we have ever made – with thousands of people viewing it and hundreds of people weighing in on the results. As a quick recap here is a summary of the results from our fuel economy test for wakesurfing:
Gallons of fuel burned per hour while surfing: Centurion Ri257 w/ 5,050 lbs. of ballast – 8.25 GPH Nautique G23 w/ 2,850 lbs. of ballast – 13.5 GPH Malibu 24 MXZ w/ 3,000 lbs. of ballast + wedge – 17.5 GPH
There were a number of points that were brought up in the reactions that people had to this [...]
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If you’ve spent much time looking on our website or poking around online you’ve probably come across some pretty unbelievable information about the new Centurion Opti-V Hull. We made this video because the claims about the Opti-V hull are exactly that – almost “Unbelievable”.
I mean, come on… 50% better fuel efficiency? A better wakeboard wake than the best wakeboard boats on the market? Faster acceleration than a flat bottom boat?
Yes, and this is where we prove it.
Earlier this fall we took out 3 boats – a Centurion Ri257, Nautique G23 and Malibu 24 MXZ, hooked a diagnostic computer up to them and got the raw data on fuel economy, acceleration speed, noise rating, etc. Big thanks to our friends and team riders for letting us use their boats to do these tests! If anyone has a comparable boat from a different brand let us know and we are happy to do this [...]
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In this post we have a video that we shot doing something we have never seen done before. We are showing you the surf wave, wakeboard wake and ski wake behind the same boat – all in one take; completely unedited, untouched and shot on an iPhone7. This hopefully shows you the performance of the new Opti-V hull as well as the speed and versatility of the Ramfill ballast system.
When showcasing the “crossover” performance of other wake boats you typically see something like this: -The ski wake with one driver, no passenger, and no ballast. Typically these are shots of the skier outside the wake and never showing the skier going through the wakes. -A different set of shots of the wakeboard wake with 8 passengers, full ballast and a pro rider with camera angles designed to make it look bigger and cleaner. -Another set of shots of the surf wave [...]
2018 ushers in the most impressive lineup of Centurion wakesurf and wakeboard boats to ever hit the market. These new boats are packed with the most innovative features to date along with the most luxurious finishes available on any towboat. Here is a quick taste of some of the changes and newness available on the 2018 Centurion lineup:
The Fi23 – The all new Centurion Fi23 is a 23 foot wake and surf machine that delivers incredible performance at an even more incredible value. The Fi23 is a beautiful 23 foot boat that features aggressive lines and contours that can only be achieved with Centurion’s unique Vacuum Infusion Process technology. You haven’t seen anything like this boat before and it is the perfect boat if you are looking to maximize your value and still get the best wakes and waves available on any boat in the world.
Next Generation Quicksurf Pro – The Quicksurf Pro system [...]
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On June 24-26 we had the opportunity to participate at the Utah Wake Surf Fest. This is a fantastic event that allows people to surf on and review surf boats and waves from nearly every boat manufacturer. The best part for anyone reading this is that the results of the event, including detailed scoring of every aspect of the boats tested, is published for everyone to see. In this article we are going to break down the reviews for each boat and take a closer look at what people thought about each of the boats.
THE EVENT Before jumping into the details, it is important to understand how the event worked. A total of approximately 30 riders tested a number of boats and boards at Jordanelle reservoir, getting to spend approximately one hour surfing behind each boat over 2 days and spending considerably more time hanging out inside the boats while others were surfing. [...]