By Brett Becker
Super Air Nautique G23: Over The Top
Aiming high? The new New Super Air G23 from Nautique is right on target.
Every time you hear the words “over the top,” something like an old Sylvester Stallone movie probably comes to mind long before you envision the Nautique Super Air G23. But these words conjure images of something done to the extreme—in every conceivable way.
The latter mental picture is an apt description of Nautique’s Super Air G23, a professional-grade wakeboard boat packed with everything Nautique has learned over the last century of boatbuilding. It also includes input from a bevy of pro riders, which is always helpful.
It begins with the accoutrements pro riders insist on. For example, big air maneuvers require big wakes, which means ballast—and lots of it. The G23 carries up to 2,850 pounds of ballast in its factory subfloor system. That’s huge, and apparently it has paid off.
At the Nautique Wake Games in April, two riders landed wake-to-wake 1080 moves for the first time ever. That’s three complete rotations in the air while being pulled by the G23. No one had ever landed a 1080 till that day, when two different pros pulled it off.
“It was amazing to watch history being made when two incredible athletes landed back-to-back 1080’s behind the revolutionary Super Air Nautique G23 this past weekend. This had never happened before so to see it happen twice in one day was amazing,” stated Nautique CEO Bill Yeargin.
The G23 also features an all new Flight Control Tower that raises and lowers with nominal effort. It’s a good-looking piece that complements the design of the windshield and it comes complete with swivel board racks, and the requisite array of speakers up top.
Inside, the G23 is flush with usable features. One of the cooler seating arrangements in the tow boat market is the reversible stern seat. The rear bench sides forward on billet rails built into the seat bases and the backrest flips forward so passengers can face the action behind the boat. A complementing flip-up backrest on the port side lounge and the rear-facing backrest on the starboard side allow as many as five people—or six children—to face aft. The company also found a way to tuck a removable 36-quart Igloo cooler under the deck. These are innovative features, solidly executed.
In creating the deck surfaces, rather than the ubiquitous nonskid or snap-in carpeting, Nautique went with what it calls Nau-Teak, a synthetic flooring that looks like teak but isn’t so maintenance-intensive. The surface appears throughout the cockpit, bow, and the center walk-through to the swim platform. Nautique also used it on the step pads that make for easy boarding from dockside.
At the bow, Nautique went with a blunted nose rather than the twin points of a pickle-fork design. The bow still ends up being nice and wide, with boarding steps, a filler cushion and a boarding ladder tucked beneath the nose for easy ingress and egress when the boat is beached. The boat also comes fitted with some very cool custom navigation and docking lights.
All this cool stuff does not, of course, come cheap. The boat’s list cost is one more attribute which could be termed extreme, with an MSRP of $107,706.
“The revolutionary new Super Air Nautique G23 is a result of years of hard work by our elite team of athletes and Product Development team,” Yeargin said. “The G23 will advance the wake industry in ways far beyond what anyone thought possible.”
For more information, 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.