Tigé Z3 Boat Test Notes

Our Video Boat Review team's detailed notes on this towsports boat.

28th November 2011.
By Jeff Hemmel

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  • Tige’s trademark edgy styling, in a more traditional bow shape.
  • Create real passenger space forward; bow not just utilized to stow skis and wakeboards.
  • Balanced floorplan.


  • High-density, closed-cell foam, injection-molded stringer system precisely follows inner contours of hull.
  • Engine mount beams and floor systems manufactured from Penske Xtreme composite panel, reinforced with both strand and woven fiberglass.
  • Engine mounts thru-bolted on 2” Penske beams fitted with structural aluminum saddles.
  • Hull, core and floor components laminated and joined before fully cured, forming primary bond. Hull and deck chemically bonded; hand-laid fiberglass backs entire hull-deck joint.
  • Exceptional lifetime hull replacement warranty.


  • Strong acceleration, almost non-existent bowrise.
  • Top speed: 42.1 mph with 343hp PCM 5.7-liter V-drive engine.
  • Best fuel economy: 3.1 mpg at 30 mph.Tige Z3 Performance Data


  • Convex V hull design features wakeboard-like rocker. Naturally settles to produce a large wake at wakeboard/wake surf speeds.
  • TAPS trim plate can be lowered to push bow down, produce ski-friendly wake sizes, as well as further fine-tune wake shape for board riding.
  • Lack of directional thrust requires brief learning curve around the dock.
  • Driving with fully loaded ballast requires care in sharp turns.


  • Water ballast further increases wake size, can be distributed to fore, aft, starboard and port tanks.Tige Z3 specifications
  • Alpha Z tower is rock solid, offering exceptional anchor point for most hardcore riders. Lights and speakers built-in. Spring-loading makes raising, lowering tower one-man job if necessary.Video Boat Review graphic
  • Tige Touch; iPad-like touchscreen controls all the boat’s vital functions, including speed control, ballast load, sound system. Cool, but can be hard to see in occasional glare.
  • Walk-over sunpad can be converted to full sunpad with simple flip of central cushion.
  • Well-designed transom area offers place to gear up for skiing or riding, wet stowage compartments to each side for towropes, etc.

For more information, visit Tige Boats or read Tige Z3: Modernized Tradition

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About the author:

Jeff Hemmel

Jeff Hemmel writes for boats.com, Boating, PersonalWatercraft.com, and Powersports Business. The former Senior Editor at Watercraft World, Jeff is a multi-time award winner as well as a 2008 inductee into the IJSBA Hall of Fame. His first book, "The Anti-Pirate Potato Cannon...and 101 Other Things For Young Mariners To Try, Do, & Build On the Water," received a bronze medal in the 2010 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards. For more info, visit Jeff Hemmel's website.

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