Since 1985 I have owned a 1983 Formula One that is approximately 17 feet powered by a 170 Horsepower Mercruiser 470. While “This Old Boat” has given many years of hard core waterskiing in waters of Long Island Sound, she does have some short coming. In my research for a replacement boat I came across the Correct Craft SV 211 as a potential candidate. The production of the Correct Craft Air Nautique SV 211 Crossover Water Ski and Wakeboard Boat is from 2004 to today (2009). This is very popular boat so I expect the production to continue for years beyond 2009.
The following are criterias that I am looking for in my next water ski boat. Lets see how the Correct Craft Air Nautique SV 211 Crossover Water Ski and Wakeboard Boat meets these requirements:
- Size and Comfort – A boat that can accommodate at least 8 adults comfortably, and most importantly provide comfortable lounging areas for the ladies.
- Power and Handling – A Boat that has more than enough power to pop a 220 LB slalom skier out of the water with 6 to 8 Adults on board, as well as , have the power to cruise easily at 35 MPH and have a top speed that is close to 45. The boat should also handle a chop without getting swamped when weather conditions turn, or in turbulent waters cause by other boat and yachts. Since I boat in Long Island Sound, the V Drive helps raise the bow out of the water at low speeds, which is important when negotiating large wake from Yachts. Also a V Drive provides more space in cockpit while someone is waterskiing.
- Wakes – A boat that has a smooth wake for Slalom Waterskiing and has built in wake control features, but is also rigged for Wakeboarding with ballast tanks and a tower.
- A Family Boat – As my children are getting older, I need a boat that can accommodate my family’s differing needs, while keeping me happy.
The Correct Craft Air Nautique SV 211 Crossover might be the ideal candidate to address my needs. Correct Craft advertises these boats as the ultimate crossover boat and the ultimate family boat. The Correct Craft Air Nautique SV 211 Crossover is their most popular boat. Correct Craft prides themselves with the SV 211’s special designed hull that results in this boat being a true crossover boat that can deliver both a soft slalom wake and a serious wakeboard wake from one hull design. The 211 features Correct Craft’s exclusive Fusion Hull in combination with Hydro-Gate™, which controls the water directed through the hull’s strakes, creating different levels of lift and letting you control the wake’s size and shape. Part of the design of this boat’s hull is to create a tunneled shaped area along the shaft, prop to the stern. The Hydro-Gate is a special Correct Craft Trim Tab that works with this channeled water that is coming from the tunneled section of the hull near the stern. With Hydro-Gate you can flatten out the wake for aggressive Slalom waterskiing. Crossover Nautique 211 is the only V-drive that is USA Waterski-certified to pull Class C water ski tournaments. If you get one of these used, try to choose one of the Limited Edition or the Team Edition models, they come with Flight Control Tower®, 3-tank ballast.
Let’s investigate how the Correct Craft SV 211 address the various requirements I have listed above:
First in term of size, I’m looking for a boat that can accommodate at least 6 to 8 people comfortably. The Correct Craft SV 211, which is a bow rider, can seat up to 9 adults, including the bowrider area. Optional equipment for the Bow Rider is a filler cushion that turns the bow area into one large seat for lounging. With the V Drive the cockpit has an open seating arraignment with wrap around bench seating in the main cockpit.
The SV-211 makes its 20-foot, 9-inch length and 93-inch Beam seem a lot more spacious than those compact numbers let on. The removable jump seat in the walk-through to the open bow provides an extra place to sit without wasting any useful space. There’s also a comfortable rear-facing seat back in the lounge to ensure no one misses the action behind the boat. The SV-211 has very low decibel readings in neutral and cruising at 36 mph.
Power and Handling
For any Ski/Wakeboard boat, power is the key. Many of the Correct Craft SV 211 are equipped with PMC Engines that range from 330 hp to 375 hp. If you ever have the option when searching for a Ski/Wakeboard boat, always go with the maximum Horsepower Available. With 300 plus HP, these boats have power to pull a skier out of the water with no problems while carrying 6 to 8 Adults. When equipped with the PMC 375 HP Engine, the SV-211 has a top speed of 45 MPH at 5300 RPMs and Accelerates to 30 mph in 5.0 sec. 115.7 ft. and Accelerates to 36 mph in 6.2 sec. 173.4 ft.
When you first look at the Air SV-211 all tricked out with the wakeboarding-oriented Team package, it’s pretty obvious that you can expect a respectable wake from this V-drive. What is not so obvious is the impressive handling capability of this agile near-21-footer. Even with a rider in tow, this boat tracks like a champ. It stays solid through choppy water without heavy jarring, and the narrow deep-V hull cuts through double-ups and keeps the ride nice and soft. With this boat you could not only tweak the wake with the Hydro-Gate but could also adjust the running attitude of the boat on the fly with the quick move of a lever. The SV-211 boasts awesome maneuverability.
Wakes – Wakes for Slalom, Wakeboarding and Wake Surfing
Another very interesting point that confirms the quality of the waterskiing behind this boat is that, the Crossover Nautique 211 is the only V-drive USA Waterski-certified to pull Class C water ski tournaments. Correct Craft claims that the SV-211 is the only V-drive that can create launching power for wakeboarders at all levels of the sport, but let’s be real…any quality wakeboard boat can do that!!
SV 211’s special designed hull that results in this boat being a true crossover boat that can deliver both a soft slalom wake and a serious wakeboard wake from one hull design. The 211 features Correct Craft’s exclusive Fusion Hull in combination with Hydro-Gate™, which controls the water directed through the hull’s strakes, creating different levels of lift and letting you control the wake’s size and shape.
When it’s outfitted with Correct Craft’s Team Package (which includes a beefy tower, Perfect Pass speed control and additional ballast, among other features) the SV-211 screams for some wakeboarding action. But this boat’s style isn’t the only thing that makes it a wakeboarding machine. With wakes worthy of even advanced riders, this V-drive will please most riders and their families. The shape is not only nice for wake-to-wake moves because of its long transition, it’s also versatile enough to suit riders from beginner to pro level with wide landing zones. Beginners should beware of the steep peak, though, which might be slightly intimidating at first. But every rider will appreciate the flat trough, which makes it really easy to edge. Limited Edition or the Team Edition models, they come with Flight Control Tower®, 3-tank ballast.
A Family Boat
Correct Craft Air Nautique SV 211 Crossover might be the ideal candidate to address my needs. Correct Craft advertises these boats as the ultimate crossover boat and the ultimate family boat. This boat has smooth wake for me and can spit out, in just moments, a radical wake for my kids when wakeboarding. This boat has lots of room and is very comfortable with the seating in the cockpit and bow. The SV-211 also has a build in Cooler, which is very important. The SV211 also sports lots of storage for Ski equipment and additional coolers. At 3500 pounds, she offers a smooth ride for the ladies and the weak at heart.
The Nautique SV-211 Team Edition is equipped to do it all. Decked out with Correct Craft’s driver-controlled stainless-steel plate called the Hydro-Gate at the stern, the SV-211 is capable of changing its running angle and as a result the size and shape of its wakes. Just slide the control to go from amplified wakeboarding ramps to mellow advanced recreational ski wakes. In fact, it’s the only V-drive with USA Water Ski class C tournament approval.
But for all the SV-211′s crossover ability, it’s hard to deny that the Air Nautique Team Package gives it an unmistakable wakeboarding attitude. With 730 pounds of ballast and the Flight Control tower, it will be hard to resist launching off the swells behind this versatile V-drive. But at least you know you have the option.
The Nautique SV-211 layout and seating leave lots of room for your family and friends to comfortably enjoy a day of skiing and wakeboard.
This boat is on the top of my list for someone who is looking for a Crossover Boat with a smooth wake for Slalom Waterskiing that can transform into a launching pad for the Wakeboarders.
Length: 20 ft. 9 in.
Beam: 93 in.
Seating capacity: 9
Fuel capacity: 38 gal.
Test Prop: Acme 13.25 x 16 4-blade
Test Engine: PCM ZR6 6.0L, 375 hp
Top Speed: 46.9 mph 5,300 rpm
Accel. To 30 mph: 5.0 sec. 115.7 ft.
Accel. To 36 mph: 6.2 sec. 173.4 ft.
Noise Levels (db): Neutral 59 D 58 R, 36 mph 85 D 86 R