Is it a ski boat you can also use to wakeboard, or a wakeboard boat you can also ski behind? The multisport performance of MB's 220 Sport pleases both types of athletes, although we'd argue its skiability tips the scales slightly.
For convenience, the 220 Sport has a swivel bucket captain's seat, EZ-mounted swim-step brackets, swim-step rubber, a mounted mirror, an on/off battery switch and multiport fuel injection. For comfort and style, it sports pewter anodized color, a five-piece tinted safety-glass windshield, a soft-touch instrument panel and a 40 percent larger ice chest.
We loved the killer-looking speakers with billet aluminum mounts – optional Clarion CD stereo system with amplifier and woofer upgrade available. And the cavernous storage was both a surprise and an advantage.
The 220 Sport – with direct-drive performance and handling – leans to the skier's side. Skiers will find the best wake behind the 220 Sport to be at longer line lengths and slower speeds: 15 off at 30 and 32 mph deliver the best wake crossings. Open-water skiers won't complain a bit.
With 1,600 pounds of optional ballast, it's hard to imagine a small wake behind this boat. That much ballast may take a little time to fill, but it's easy to manipulate for even weight in the boat – pay attention to balance while weighting this thing. Double-ups are easy to get in and the transitions feel good.
* A ski boat with definite crossover ability, especially with the optional twin-pump 1,600-pound water ballast system.
* Courtesy lighting in all the storage compartments – nice touch.
* A removable solid fiberglass swim step.
* Billet glove box, billet fuel cap and billet steering wheel – good use of billet.
* Optional Skylon wakeboard tower with board racks and optional wakeboard cruise control are convenient add-ons.