Gekko GTR 22
Recommendation: Hard-core Ski
Rare is the boat that can satisfy both the hard-core skier and someone who needs lots of seats and storage. However, the Gekko GTR 22 pulls it off effortlessly. It has a low, sleek design with aggressive styling and is among the widest direct-drives available. Its deep forward keel gives world-class tracking and a smooth rough-water ride. Its hull is so unique the manufacturer felt compelled to copyright its design. For the driver, the dash is straightforward, but does offer a new Pilot System gauge with 16 functions, Teleflex controls, low-friction cables and tilt steering. While the interior isn't luxurious, there's a big observer's seat that easily holds three people, a cool in-dash cooler, and you can get it totally buffed out with nearly every option in the book and a matching tandem-axle trailer for a budget price.
Renowned for being one of the best-tracking boats on the water, the GTR 22 also has near-perfect wakes at all speeds and line lengths if you can overlook a slight bump at 22 off. Gekko has designed this boat with split-radius pressure-relief flutes to channel water underneath the hull and greatly reduce chine spray. It is very skier-friendly in its amenities, with features like a low step-over to the transom. While the molded-in swim platform looks great, it makes putting on your ski a little awkward at first because of its design.
-Top-notch performance for all-level skiers, with great tracking and next-to-nothing spray at shortline.
-Blistering hole shots with a 0-36 time of just over 5 seconds. Great handling and fun to drive.
-A removable back seat to stay true to its hard-core skiing heritage.
-Step-over open bow and low-profile transom.
-High performance-to-price ratio.
-New trunk design can hold a 72-inch ski, and more room for all of your gear.