Many crossover boats lean more toward the wakeboarding side rather than being aimed at skiers. As the lone direct-drive model in Correct Craft’s Crossover Nautique lineup, the 216 is definitely a ski boat first. Without the optional tower, it looks and feels like a slalom machine. Our skiers thought the performance was impressive all the way through 35 off. The wakeboarders on our test team had a fun session, too and liked the graphics and upgraded swivel board racks, but they recommend more than the optional 300-pound factory ballast to increase the size of the wakes to go beyond intermediate riding. For skiing parents with kids just getting into wakeboarding, the 216 can take the whole family far.
The contours of this seating, the two cup holders tucked under and the legroom behind the engine box made it an especially comfortable place to sit.
The lockable trunk, under the gull-wing curved sun pad, offers an easily accessible and secure place for gear.
Dry weight: 2,990 lb.
Draft: 24 in.
Load cap.: 1,325 lb.
Fuel cap.: 29 gal.
Bow: 18 sq. ft.
Gunwale height: 1 ft. 10 in.
Main lounge: 66 sq. ft.
Floor to tower: 6 ft. 1 in.
Sun pad: 9 sq. ft.
Platform: 10 sq. ft.
The skiers thought up to 35 off even, the wake was ideal on the Crossover Nautique 216. The trough is a bit deep beyond that, but still it’s the classic Nautique wake: small and soft with virtually no spray. Ramps were good for wakeboarding, with additional weight needed to boost the wake size.
Overall: A great ski boat that can appeal to wakeboarders too.
With 375 hp engine (275 hp standard), Acme 12.5×15.5 four-blade prop
To 30 mph: 6 sec., 148.8 ft.
To 36 mph: 7.8 sec., 234.2 ft.
Top speed: 47 mph, 5,000 rpm
Bow rise: 20.7-degree angle during typical acceleration. This is a slightly higher dash than the very low-slung dashes on other Nautiques, but still good visibility through the windshield.
Tracking: For us, the Crossover Nautique 216 tracked straight very well. Our driver rarely felt the rider.
Turns: More pinpoint control with this direct-drive than comparable V-drives.
Maximum G-force crossing wake at 22 mph/30 mph: 1.38/1.1
Vibration: Another very solid and smooth ride from a Correct Craft, with no obvious rattles.