Boats designed for water-skiing and wakeboarding fall under the sports tow boat category. While they’re designed so you get the most from your sport, many of the manufacturers offer models that easily become your day boat, family fun boat or even your fishing boat as well.
With the popularity of the sports in Australia, it’s not surprising that several local manufacturers produce great ranges of boats right here and continue to kick goals with new tech and engineering developments.
Buying a locally manufactured boat not only saves you on import costs etc but you know you’re supporting great Aussie businesses.
Malibu Boats build both Malibu and Axis Boats and have staked their claim to be the most popular in the class in Australia. The boats are built in the company’s factory in Albury, NSW, which is convenient for both Victorian and NSW buyers. Performance and quality are keys to their success and each boat is hand-built. Check out the ranges and start building your Malibu or Axis www.malibuboats.com.au www.axiswake.com.au
With over 40 years of experience in producing ski boats, Skicraft is recognised as a leader in the field with their design developments and industry-firsts over the decades. They produce several ranges: Excel, Senator, Senator Series 4, XAir and Century. The company started in Bayswater VIC but is now located in Corowa NSW but has dealers around Australia. Check out the boats and find a dealer near you. www.skicraft.com.au
Established in the 1930s, Lewis Boats is the oldest ski boat manufacturer in Australia and has continued to deliver industry-leading boats for skiing, fishing and general boating leisure and pleasure. Performance, quality and handcrafted builds still define Lewis and these attributes are clearly evident in the current collection of ski boats. Check out their range www.lewisboats.com.au
Selecting a Ski or Wakeboard Boat
With so many great manufacturers and boats available, it will be a tough decision as to which ski or wakeboard boat to buy.
Here’s a few considerations:
• Tournament or recreational: what level of performance to you require? Different models will be better suited to those who are competing at an elite level and others better for novices and recreational users.
• Flexibility: consider if you want a boat that can also suit those days when you want to go fishing or just take the family or a group of friends out on the water for the day.
• Accommodation: give some thought to how many people you may want aboard at any one time. Sometimes you’ll have your gear and your friends ashore and launch the boat for riding only. Other times you want everything on-board so you can venture out on the waterway.
Whatever you boat you select, fun is guaranteed! But don’t forget the safety gear and follow safe practices at all time and – enjoy!