Because of its 23-foot size, this Super Air Nautique 230 does the best job of any Nautique wakeboard boat at combining the two main aspects of wakeboarding: riding behind the boat and hanging out in it. Word is, virtually all of Correct Craft’s team riders are requesting this boat for 2008. The wake is big, the interior bigger, with six rear-facing seats, including a love seat that parks right in the middle of the lounge for the best seat in the house. We also like how easy it is to get in and out through the stepover down the middle of the sun pad to the platform. The Hydro-Gate wake shaper came in handy to create more peak with the wakes. And as we recommend with every Nautique boat, spring for the Team Edition — almost everybody does.
This isn’t just the longest Nautique; it’s also the widest, which made room for up to 14 people.
For Correct Craft’s wakeboarding boats, this wake shaper makes the top of the wakes steeper or mellower, depending on preference.
Dry weight: 4,300 lb.
Draft: 29 in.
Load cap.: 2,200 lb.
Fuel cap.: 51 gal.
Bow: 19 sq. ft.
Gunwale height: 2 ft. 3 in.
Main lounge: 63 sq. ft.
Floor to tower: 6 ft. 2 in.
Sun pad: 17 sq. ft.
Platform: 11 sq. ft.
These wakes were deceiving because from the boat, they didn’t look as big as we’d expect from a 23-footer, and we thought we saw some curl. But edging into them, we were really impressed by their shape and size with the factory ballast. We kept the Hydro Gate at the 1 setting for wakes with the most peak.
Overall: Fairly rampy with a really approachable transition.
With 375 hp engine (343 hp standard), Acme 14.5×14.25 four-blade prop
To 30 mph: 6.4 sec., 154.3 ft.
To 36 mph: 7.7 sec., 217.1 ft.
Top speed: 44.7 mph, 5,400 rpm
Bow rise: 16-degree angle during typical acceleration. Especially low dash profile had the driver sitting back, legs extended and still having easy visibility through the windshield.
Tracking: Good for how big this boat is, both in length and width.
Turns: Handles well at wakeboarding speeds and at low speeds, considering its size.
Maximum G-force crossing wake at 22 mph: 1.56
Vibration: We didn’t hear a rattle as we solidly made the turns for the double-ups.