By Brett Becker
Nautique Super Air 210 Byerly Icon Edition: Premium Tow Boat
The special edition of this Nautique, honoring a legendary wakeboarder, tops a hundred grand.
It’s usually a sign you’re getting old when you can say things like, “Why, that cost more than my first house.” Or, when you’re talking about a wakeboard boat, it could be a sign of the Apocalypse.
I’m kidding of course. It was only a matter of time before tow boats topped $100,000. They have been flirting with that magic mark for a couple of years, but to my knowledge, the Super Air Nautique 210 Byerly Icon Edition (in honor of legendary wakeboarder Scott Byerly) is the first one to hit it.
(Incidentally, with an MSRP of $105,362, the Byerly Icon Edition is very nearly twice what I paid for my first house, not far from Nautique’s Orlando, Fla., headquarters.)
The price is significant for reasons beyond the amount. It marks a departure from a longtime Nautique policy not to publish prices. For years, Nautique insisted that interested buyers contact their local dealers for pricing. Now the public can find out just how much each Nautique model is, from the $56,870 Ski Nautique 200 closed bow to the chart-topping Byerly Icon Edition.
The boat itself is as stunning as the price tag. Onyx black gelcoat features the Byerly logo and a gray-winged skull emblazoned on the hullside. It’s done in such a way that it resembles “ghost flames” on a custom car or chopper. Throw in some contrasting red accents and chrome details, and you achieve a rather menacing look.
But those are just the details you can see from the outside. Inside, there’s more. Lots more. For example, the teak swim platform carries another proprietary logo, as does the transom. The upholstery has custom-embroidered Byerly logos and the sole carpeting incorporates it into the weave. The logo also is used on the gauges, the swivel board racks, and, of all things, the windshield frame. The grab rails in the bow area feature the Byerly name cut into the tubing and backed with LED lighting. The cupholders also are illuminated from below with LEDs in the “fury red” used for hull graphics.
The whole thing is way over the top. As you would expect. As it should be.
Built on the Super Air Nautique hull, the Byerly Edition comes standard with a 343-hp PCM V8, with engine options of 409 and 450 hp. Buyers who do their boating in brackish water can get the Coastal Edition package, which includes saltwater-ready components (not available on the 450-hp engine). Standard ballast setup holds of 900 pounds of water weight in integrated tanks.
As on the Super Air Nautique 210, the Byerly Edition comes with innovative seating that lets you convert the port-side lounge to a rear-facing observer seat. The boat’s rear bench also flips forward to create another rear-facing seat wide enough for two people.
In a nod to the year Scott Byerly was born, Nautique is making just 73 of the Super Air Nautique 210 Byerly Icon Editions. That low production figure also ensures the exclusivity of the boat, which seems fitting given the price of admission.
For more information visit Nautique.
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.