The Launch 20 SSV is a great jumping-on point for boat buyers looking to try out a luxury wakeboarding-dedicated V-drive. It shares many of the attributes of the pro level 24 SSV, though in very unimposing dimensions that make it a cinch to drive, trailer and store. The smaller size also means it works well for recreational skiing. A series of enhancements has made the wakeboard and ski boat as stylish, functional and durable as ever, especially with the new Limited Edition package that features an engine up-grade, custom red exterior and very cool brick graphics wrap.
The Launch 20 SSV appeals to the vast majority of wakeboarders, from beginners to advanced-intermediate riders. The wakes aren’t rampy mountains; they’re fun, mellow, crisp peaks that anyone can get a kick out of, in every sense. As with the bigger Supras, this model has a deep keel that digs into the water, sacrificing some speed in the name of displacing water. Wakes get thrown up bigger than you might expect, more so when the factory ballast bags are filled to their 1,200-pound capacity.
While many boat manufacturers have been so focused on making boats bigger and bigger in recent years, Supra took a step back and introduced this 20 SSV last year as part of a new group of 20-foot-8-inch models. The renewed emphasis on this smaller end of the spectrum is opening up the world of water sports to more people. One test drive behind the 20 SSV, whether wakeboarding or open-water skiing, will have these buyers hooked.
Dry weight: 3,200 lb.
Draft: 24 in.
Load capacity: 1,480 lb.
Fuel capacity: 40 gal.
Storage capacity: 81 cu. ft.
Bow: 6 cu. ft.
Center: 43 cu. ft.
Rear: 32 cu. ft.
Platform: 10 sq. ft.
Interior gunwale height: 25 in.
Sun-pad area: 28 sq. ft.
Base price: $52,900
($45,995 w/o Limited package)
Engine: Indmar Assault 5.7L, 340 hp with catalytic converter
Prop: OJ 13.7 x 17.5 four-blade
Ballast: 1,200 lb. total
One bow bag: 400 lb.
Two rear bags: 400 lb. each
Wake shaper: On-the-fly adjustable plate integrated with PerfectPass
Pylon: Retractable, swivel
Stereo: AM/FM/CD Kenwood deck with MP3 input, six Kenwood speakers, dash remote, Sirius ready
Driver’s seat: Swivel, bolster
Dash: Vinyl-wrapped, deep aluminum bezel
Gauges: 5-inch Medallion with Smart Plate info center
Gas fill: Rear starboard
Cooler: 27 qt., under seat
Cup holders: 9, stainless steel
Rub rail: Stainless steel
Platform: Removable fiberglass with
rubber, stainless-steel grab rail
Trailer: Single axle, disc brakes
Misc.: Black powder-coated tower
speakers and racks
Graphics: Full-wrap brick pattern
Colors: Custom Regal Red gelcoat
Stereo: LCD remote, Sirius subscription, 10-disc CD changer, tower speakers, amp, subwoofer, four-speaker light bar
Misc.: Heater, Bimini top