By Brett Becker
Tige RZR: Maximum Wow Factor
The new RZR tow-boat from Tigé defines the limits of form and function.
One look at the new Tigé RZR will tell you that this is a tow-boat company not afraid to take chances. Its styling features chiseled lines and sharp surface breaks, all accentuated with bold gelcoat schemes and graphic elements. That’s the form.
The function becomes more evident when you step aboard or take the wheel. At the helm, Tigé included a stainless steel Revo steering wheel (a Carlotta wheel is optional), an Argo helm seat with a flip-up thigh bolster, and a Teleflex competition throttle with drive-by-wire technology.
The electronic throttle controls a 303-hp port-fuel-injected ProSport V8 from PleasureCraft Marine. Buyers who want more power can get the optional 343-hp 5.7-liter V8 or 409-hp 6.0 liter V8. Regardless of engine choice, the RZR features a fuel filler neck on both sides, so you can always fill up the boat and tow vehicle from the same island at the gas station.
The patented ConvexV rocker shape of the boat’s hull is combined with an adjustable TAPS² wake plate, a wake-tuning trim tab mounted at center of the transom that gives the driver greater control over the running attitude and wake shape. This means that the RZR’s attitude in the water can be adjusted to a variety of towing purposes, styles, and even individuals.
“The RZR caters to all,” says Tony Fussell, Tigé’s director of sales. “ConvexV and TAPS² can make a skier’s wake virtually disappear, or combine it with a ballast setup to throw the best wake-surf wave of any 20-foot boat.”
Tigé Touch, a digital touch screen that provides an interface for speed control, audio, gauges, lights, and switches is also standard on the RZR, and it includes air- and water-temperature readouts and a depthfinder. Here’s the really cool part: Tigé Touch also stores up to 20 individual rider profiles that tailor the ballast in the tanks, boatspeed, and the adjustment of the TAPS² wake tuning plates.
In terms of audio equipment, the standard “Wet Sounds” system for the RZR should be plenty for most buyers. It features a Clarion CMD6 head unit with iPod and auxiliary inputs, six speakers, and a SYN micro amplifier.
Horsepower is always fun, and music is certainly part of the experience, but the whole point of the RZR is watersports. It delivers the goods, even if you don’t choose any of the optional equipment. For instance, the RZR comes standard with the Tigé Vector anodized tower, which features fixed board racks. The base model also comes with a ballast capacity of 900 pounds and Tigé’s proprietary TAPS² system. With the ballast system full, TAPS² lets the driver create wakes shaped to each rider’s preference. Empty out the ballast system and TAPS² can flatten out the boat’s wakes for slalom jocks. For buyers who want more wow and bigger wakes, Tigé offers two optional towers and a 1,600-pound ballast system, which is heavy enough for wake surfing.
Guests not at the end of a tow rope will enjoy the functional interior. Up front, the bow benefits from a wider design. It makes for more roomy lounges and creates enough space for a built-in ice chest, which is insulated and self-draining. The bow filler cushion that covers the cooler is optional, but it’s probably money well spent.
The functionality continues in the cockpit, where Tigé fitted a lounge that wraps around from observer seat to just behind the driver. With stowage underneath nearly every cushion, the RZR has room for all your gear.
Cockpit passengers also benefit from a starboard-side transom walk-through, which is treated in nonskid decking. The walk-through also conceals a cavernous stowage compartment, and it leads to what Tigé calls its “transom activity center.” The place for gearing up for a ski run, the transom is just the right height from the swim platform. It features two cupholders, a grab rail, a tow eye for water toys, and a rubber nonskid mat etched with the RZR logo.
The whole package is very cool, and it presents a balanced blend of form and function that should impress today’s watersports enthusiasts. Base MSRP for the RZR is $57,641. For more information, visit Tigé Boats.
Editor’s Note: Brett Becker is a freelance writer based in Ventura, CA. He covers the marine, automotive and racing industries for various print and web titles.
- Brett Becker is a freelance writer and photographer who has covered the marine industry for 15 years. In addition to covering the ski boat and runabout markets for Boats.com, he regularly writes and shoots for BoatTrader.com. Based in Ventura, Calif., Becker holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s in mass communication from the University of Central Florida in Orlando.