Sporting Life: Slick New Speed Boats

Posted Wednesday, Jun. 05, 2013  comments  Print Reprints
Where to Shop Bass Pro Shops Tracker Boat Center 2501 Bass Pro Drive Grapevine 866-476-1158 Eagle Marine 994 Alta Mere Drive Fort Worth 817-246-4151 Fun-N-Sun Boat Sales 320 W. Hurst Blvd. Hurst 817-280-0303 And 2521 E. Texas 377 Granbury 817-279-1991 North Texas Marine 1100 N.E. Loop 820 Fort Worth 817-246-2100 Texas MasterCraft X-Star 2161 E. Loop 820 N. Fort Worth 817-589-7547

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Whether your playtime on area lakes includes water sports like tubing and wakeboarding, or you just enjoy the rush of the wind through your hair, the key to getting big waves is an efficient and high-performance speed boat. From boats designed with touchscreen command centers to boats with waterproof, concert-quality audio systems, these five sporting boats will help you hit the open water in style.

Star Maker

A wakeboarder’s dream boat, the 2013 MasterCraft XStar gives riders a thrilling experience thanks to special features like a nonskid gunwale step and a hull design that promises to deliver incredible wakes. At 24 feet, the craft is packed with a variety of impressive features (not just for the wakeboarder, but also for the passenger), including a triple touchscreen command center, massive storage space and plush seating. $150,000-$145,000, Texas MasterCraft.

Luxury on the Water

From its expansive space and Stable-Vee hull to its use of premium materials like stainless steel and stay-dry foam, there’s not one inch of the 24-foot Four Winns SL242 that doesn’t scream luxury. The sporting boat’s stereo speaker-equipped lounge area (with convertible seats) makes for the perfect hangout spot, while its walk-through transom and swim platform with mats bring added convenience to water sport activities. $90,000, North Texas Marine.

Fun Under the Sun

A more compact version of the brand’s Z3 model, Tigé’s 2013 Z1 is equipped with all the features a water sports enthusiast could want for a spin on the lake. Built with features like a Wet Sounds concert-quality audio system, a TigéTouch control system and ample seating and storage (built-in ice chest, anyone?), the Z1 gives an aggressive performance as it turns out epic waves for both boarders and surfers. $73,000, Eagle Marine.

Water World

Designed with a hull that puts surfers’ and boarders’ needs first, the 2013 Supreme V226 takes features considered optional by other manufacturers and makes them standard to its design. With features that range from a deep-V keel at the bow of the boat to Supreme’s Altitude Control System at the rear, the V226 gives riders some of the shapeliest and most consistent waves they’ve ever seen. Price upon request, Fun-N-Sun Boat Sales.

Twice As Nice

A sporting boat that gives owners the best of both worlds, the Nitro 290 Sport pulls double duty as a towing and fishing boat. Designed with several removable features (tow pylon, bait bucket, etc.) to easier make the transition between water sports and fishing, the 290 Sport gives you the option of going from catching bass to shredding waves all in a day’s time. $41,140, Bass Pro Shops Tracker Boat Center.

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