Centurion Boats has learned a ton from the vacuum infused World-class 3-event towboat that is the Carbon Pro. Centurion is practicing the art of continuous improvement by making way for a more versatile 3-event towboat with broader appeal and a more accessible price point. This new Carbon Pro model is still in the development stages and will increase the marketing-ability of a 3-event boat in the model line-up.
The Centurion Carbon Pro is undeniably one of the best tournament boat values available. Bulletproof construction, a PCM power-plant and a strong belief in “performance over frills” have all made the Carbon Pro a favorite among the three-event community world-wide. For the past 6 years the Carbon Pro has earned its place in the tournament landscape by delivering the flattest wakes, best pull and finest driving experience available.
The time has come for the Carbon Pro to make way for a 3-event towboat that will expand its impact on the towed-watersports marketplace. This new boat is in the in the works and will be released during the 2018 model year. While fleshing out this new more versatile direction the Carbon Pro will maintain its approved tournament towboat commitment and superior wake, pull and drive-ability. The new towboat will be built using the Vacuum Infusion Process (VIP) like all other current Centurion and Supreme boats. VIP creates a precise, controllable glass to resin ratio making the new Carbon Pro even stronger and lighter than ever. VIP is also environmentally friendly meaning the resin is cured in a closed environment reducing emissions by as much as 90%. Centurion & Supreme Boats VP of Production and Engineering, Shane Stillman, leads the design team in creating the perfect blend of state of the art construction, performance and versatility. Watch for this all-new 3-event boat to be released late in the 2017 season.
For the 2016-2017 tournament season skiers can look forward to Centurion Carbon Pros at sanctioned Regional and National events all over the country. The Carbon Pro continues to pull all five Regional Championships and the National Championships continuing its place as one of the four official approved tournament towboats.
Loudon, TN | November 11, 2016 -- Malibu Boats, the global leader in watersports towboat sales, has introduced the all-new 2017 Response TXi, the second-generation of its record-setting waterski boat. The new TXi is designed to give skiers the softest, flattest wakes ever while putting a sharper edge on unmistakable Malibu style. Joining the line is the first-ever TXi Malibu Open Edition, named for the company’s premier ski tournament and equipped with exclusive features.
The original Malibu TXi reigned as the world’s premier ski boat, with skiers setting 10 world records behind it. Malibu drew on its three decades as a ski boat innovator to make the new, second-generation TXi the sport’s next legend. The new TXi, like the original, is easy to handle and makes an ideal ski boat for any line length and skill level.
“I am so excited about the future of this new hull and design,” said Malibu world record holder Regina Jacquess, who set a pending world record in the Response TXi’s second tournament appearance on November 5th, running three and a half buoys at 41 off.
“The wakes are non-existent, and because they are so flat, they do not impede the skier in trying to gain direction across the course,” she said, detailing her experience behind the new TXi. “The lack of wake allowed me to gain angle and width to get cross course at 41 off without interruption or loss of leverage, and that was key to my ability to set a new world record.”
The 2017 Malibu TXi is available in the classic closed-bow design or the contemporary open-bow model. For both, the new, cutting-edge profile hints at uncompromised performance. Malibu redesigned the famous T-cut Diamond hull with a wider bow, adjusted chines and angled strakes. As a result, the new, slightly larger TXi gives a better ride on the water, with increased lift and a more forgiving wake while maintaining its laser-like tracking on the water.
From the helm, the driver will feel higher precision handling at tournament speeds for all three events. Skiers looking to set a new personal best will benefit from the new TXi’s utter consistency and performance.
Form, function and signature Malibu style define the new TXi’s interior, which features a new, lower dash to improve driver sightlines. Improved ergonomics and storage make the 2017 TXi more user-friendly, and details such as new billet aluminum folding ski racks, glovebox and rear hatch lids exemplify renowned Malibu attention to detail.
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In the continuous quest to produce the world’s best waves, wakes and ride, Centurion Boats has implemented the Vacuum Infusion Processes (VIP) to all towboat model production. The Centurion Leadership Team has implemented the superior craftsmanship of VIP because it creates stronger, more consistent, and environmentally friendly boats.
STRONG & CONSISTENT
A high level of craftsmanship is a cornerstone of Centurion’s mission, and with the Vacuum Infusion Processes, Centurion will continue to produce superior water sports towboats. Each infused part including hulls, floors, RAMFILL tank lids, and tens of small parts receive an exact amount of resin and fiberglass to create a predictable weight. The precise glass to resin ratio under closely monitored vacuum eliminates air voids in the laminate and thereby any weak spots in the structure of the boat. This precise process guarantees strong quality parts, adding another layer of inspired craftsmanship to an already exceptional boat.
Take to the water with confidence knowing your boat is built with the environment in mind. VIP is a closed mold process, meaning the resin is cured in a closed environment, and emissions are reduced by as much as 90 percent. Through the Vacuum Infusion Process, Centurion produces less waste, employees can work more comfortably, and less emissions are released into the atmosphere. Everyone wins.
When asked about the return on investment for VIP Paul Singer, President of Centurion & Supreme Boats, responded this way. “While VIP requires higher material costs, slightly longer cycle times and more initial planning, we believe the improved quality and consistency, combined with the environmental benefits, overshadow the additional resources required.” Singer continued, “I am excited about the beneficial impact this new process is already bringing to the boats, our employees and the environment.”
The Vacuum Infusion Process is one of many closed mold processes. It distinguishes itself as the only process to utilize only atmospheric pressure to push the resin into the mold cavity. The process is highly controllable, due to it being governed by the principles of D’Arcy’s Law. This means that there are only three variables affecting the flow of the resin: (1) permeability of the laminate, (2) viscosity of the resin, and (3) pressure differential in the cavity in relation to atmospheric pressure.
The Goode Nano One XT is already a classic. The XT, along with the original Nano One, have been reissued by Goode because skiers demanded it. Both of the Nano One models are not only hugely successful in terms of skis sold but also in terms of tournaments won.
General Feel: Considering the small size of the ski, you might expect the XT to feel quirky. It is just the opposite. At 180 pounds, I find the 65.25 XT to be extremely stable and predictable.
The ski’s relatively small size means that the skier has the ability to manipulate the ski more than on traditionally sized skis.Perhaps a better way to explain this is that the ski goes where the skier's feet naturally go much more readily than with most other high end skis. The skier has more leverage over the ski. When the rope get short and the skier starts to panic is where this attribute becomes most apparent. The result is that the ski is supremely forgiving when the skier is at their limit.
Toe Side (Off Side) Turn: Off side turns on the XT feel more like a fast pivot than an arc. The front of the ski offers noticeable support before and after the apex of the turn. This gives the skier confidence to move forward approaching the ball and provides stability exiting the turn.
Heel Side (On Side) Turn: On side turns on the XT are nearly foolproof. The skier can approach onside in any number of ways and exit the ball with angle. As with the off side turns, the on side turn is fast and sharp. If a skier is in trouble, he or she can throw caution to the wind and make up a lot of ground on this side.
From Ball to Second Wake: The XT holds substantial angle from the ball to the second wake. While many other high end skis will punish skiers for adding too much load between the ball and the wakes, the XT will allow the skier to push hard if needed.
One of the perceived negatives of this ski is that it requires more strength from the ball to the wakes than many other high end skis. The XT makes plenty of speed but the skier has to work for it. This is partly do to how fast the ski turns. More arcing turns will put less load on the skier and sharper turns will require a more strength.
From Second Wake to Ball: Typically skis that require more strength also require the skier to have superior technical skills to get wide at the ball. The XT does not fit this stereotype. The ski easily makes space and width on both side of the course even with less than perfect skier technique. This is yet another example of the ski’s extremely forgiving performance attributes.
Quirk: The XT is more setting and water temperature sensitive than most high end skis on the market. At the beginning of the test period the test ski was set exactly to stock and worked extremely well. As the water cooled off by 10 -15 degrees the performance of the ski dropped off noticeably and the fin had to be adjusted.
This ski was especially hard to review. Because the XT is unusually forgiving it was challenging to define what the ski does and does not do. I owe thanks to a number of skiers who took my calls last month and talked to me about what I was feeling.
I increased my all time tournament BP by one ball on my third ride on the XT. Clearly, I am a fan of the XT.
ORLANDO, FLA (October 25, 2016) – Nautique athlete Jacinta Carroll’s Jump World Records set behind the PCM powered Ski Nautique 200 set on September 26th have been officially approved by the IWWF Tournament Council. Carroll shocked the world during the Ski Fluid Invitational in Polk City setting back-to-back world records of 194 feet (59.2 meters) and 198 feet (60.3 meters). Carroll’s final record-breaking jump marked the first time a female has ever broken the 60-meter barrier.
"Jumping 60 meters has been a goal of mine ever since I can remember. I learned to ski behind a Nautique; I grew up behind Nautiques and to be able to achieve such a feat of 60m behind the Ski Nautique is simply overwhelming. I am so thankful to have the ability to jump and compete behind the industry’s best boat which enables me to push the world record limits day in day out!” said Carroll.
The Ski Nautique 200 has now officially pulled twenty-one world records among all three waterski disciplines (slalom, trick, and jump) since it hit the water in 2010. In addition to Carroll’s records, three pending trick world records have been set behind the Ski Nautique 200 within the past month and once approved will officially bring the 200’s world-record count to twenty-four.
“Congratulations to Jacinta on the approval of her amazing world records set behind the Ski Nautique 200,” said Nautique President Greg Meloon. “With three more world records awaiting approval, the rapid progression we continue to see behind the 200 is exciting. Our innovation on the water is proven as history is made time and time again behind our boats. Our team remains committed to the development of products that create the ability to explore what’s next,” added Meloon.
About Nautique Boat Company: Celebrating 92 years of excellence in the marine industry, Nautique is a subsidiary of Correct Craft and has been on the waters of the world with a passion for innovation since 1925. Nautique is known to push the envelope of possibility on the water, and our owners have come to expect nothing but the absolute best. The Ski Nautique 200 has changed water skiing with 19 world records, the G-Series has won numerous awards for wakeboard boat and wakesurf boat of the year while unlocking new possibilities in wakeboarding and wakesurfing, and our Sport Series has given families endless days on the water without compromise. Through our Nautique Cares initiatives we’re dedicated to not only making a difference on the water, but to people in need around the world. The world’s best ski boat, world’s best wake boat, and a company that cares. To learn more visit Nautique.com.
About Correct Craft: Celebrating 92 years of excellence in the marine industry, Correct Craft is a Florida-based company with global operations. The Correct Craft family includes the Nautique, Centurion, Supreme, Bass Cat, Yar-Craft and SeaArk boat companies, Pleasurecraft Engine Group, and Aktion Parks. For more information please visit www.correctcraft.com.