By Brett Becker
New from Nautique for 2012
Only one new model, but lots of other cool stuff.
Other than the groundbreaking Nautique-E, which we reported on in its prototype stage, Nautique doesn’t have any new models for 2012. Instead the company has added new features for 2012 across its model line.
The display for the in-dash LINC system, for example, is now 20 percent larger so it’s easier to see. Nautique also says it’s more intuitive and can be customized to an owner’s needs. LINC displays all vital engine functions, such as rpm, fuel level, voltage, oil pressure and water temperature. The system also indicates speed, content of the ballast tanks, and stores each rider’s preferred settings as profiles. On boats equipped with the Coastal Edition package, LINC also displays navigational charts, complete with channel markers and water depths.
Another change is for you horsepower junkies and gearheads: the Air Nautique 230 is now available with a 550 horsepower supercharged V8, with stainless-steel headers. For reference, that kind of power was only available from big-block engines a few years ago. This marks a huge leap in terms of the power to weight ratio and would make an Air Nautique 230 a hoot to drive.
The company has been busy with its interiors as well, offering new equipment, striping and graphics, and textures. The keyless ignition system is not new to Nautique—it debuted around 1998 or so—but is now standard equipment. In addition, and in a nod to how the boat is used, Nautique has also added a new oversized mirror that features convex glass for a wide view, with more adjustment to better suit drivers of different heights.
On the outside, new blue and red metal flake gelcoat colors are now part of the Nautique palette, as is a new optional graphics package for the hullsides, which uses translucent metallic pewter strips canted rearward at a 45 degree angle. It creates a sense of motion even when sitting still.
Finally, on the Ski Nautique 200 and Sport Nautique 200, the swim platform can be detached or folded down by removing select pins in the brackets. The folding feature is ideal for owners who can’t quite squeeze the boat into their garage. It’s also a feature we think ought to be extended to the entire Nautique line.
For more information on any of these models, visit Nautique.
- 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.