226 Nautique bow rider / wake board / family lake boat

Billed as a crossover this one is very good at wake board water sports and fair to good at family lake boating and not any better than a I/O at ski activities in my opinion… while wasting fuel in the process. Wasting fuel? Yes, an v drive inboard burns about 20% more fuel than an I/O, in general. Why? The I/O has power trim to get the boat to run at its most efficient cruising speed. While the 226 Nautique has a wake plate and ballast system, in this case, it does not cause the boat to be adjustable enough to get to the best fuel efficiency cruising speed. Just look at the top speed numbers in the low 40s compared to similar I/O boats getting speeds in the high 50s with 343 to 409 Hp engines. 

Check out the reversible skier observer seat to port, its great and a new idea in family boating. Or you have a looking-at-the-kids up front in the bow rider area with two easy flips of a sturdy cushion.

Boat hull length is 22’ 7” but the way most boats are listed in today’s marketplace that is an unfair measurement. Its more correct to use 24’ 10” as an LOA. That is the length of the hull and the swim platform combined. She has a narrow 8’ 2” beam with a weight of about 4,450 lbs. rated to carry 2150 lbs of people and gear as she does have a “dam” to step over to get into the cockpit from the swim platform. That dam allows for a heavier load before she takes on water as compared to a true walk-in transom. Look for it in the final photo in the boat to port at alongside the engine cover.

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