The Z1 is modeled after the Z3 (at 23’ / 7 m), Tigé’s pro level boat that has won accolades from the wakeboard community. But with a smaller platform (at 21.5’/ 6.55 m) the Z1 is quite versatile, and excels at producing slalom wake, huge wakeboarding wake, or high surf waves that can be followed for miles. Make no mistake, even though she’s smaller than the Z3, she still puts out a monster surf wake that can be dialed in for size, length, curl, and even which side of the boat it’s on.
Lifeplus lifetime replacement limited warranty
Seating capacity for 14 passengers
High flex gel coat
Tige speedset cruise control
Helm seat with flip-up bolster with storage underneath
Here is the Tigé Z1 in running mode. Something that she only does to get to the area that she can really show her stuff.
The Full Spectrum
First things first… how can Tigé make a boat that performs across the full spectrum, and just what is that spectrum anyway? Well, first understand that if a slalom skier is behind the boat, that will require a smooth, shallow wake. A wakeboarder, on the other hand, wants a fat wake to jump off of and get serious air that carries across to the opposite wake. And a wake surfer wants a tsunami to carry the ride without the need for a towline.
Tigé went with a traditional V-bow for the Z1 rather than the pickle fork seen on some of the other models in the lineup.
So what to do…
To get a shallow wake on a typical boat, go faster so that it planes better. Yet, that can’t be done while towing a skier. They need a mid range speed to stay in control. To get a fat wake, just slow a typical boat so that the bow is up high and the stern is dragging. But that does the wakeboarder no good for high jumps. So what to do?
For wakeboarding, the Z1 provides the ability to catch air from one wake right across to the opposite side.
The Basics. Planing isn’t a problem as most boats will do it at a moderate speed. So the slalom guy is happy. To get the wake up, keep the speed and sink the boat lower. That means adding ballast by filling tanks or removable bags called “fat sacs”. Then drain them later to haul back to the dock without burning more fuel.
Tigé seems to have come up with a boat that can do it all.
For wake surfing, the Z1 can control the size, length and volume of the wake.
Convex V and VX Hull
The Convex V hull runs opposite to conventional wisdom of hooking the stern down to create a fatter wake. That leaves no flexibility, and the wave it creates is the wave you get. But with Convex V, the hull is curved up at the end. Now some flexibility can be created by adding an adjustable plate at the center of the stern. That’s called TAPS2, but we’ll get to that in a minute.
Convex VX. Now as if that weren’t enough, the Z1 also offers an option called the "Convex VX." This is a fiberglass extension that attaches to the underside of the swim platform and is easily removable. This extension channels water from the prop downward, under and into the wake. This adds size, volume, and density to the wave. Now surfers have the room to recover given the amount of power, push, and extended length of the wave. It’s one more reason that this is billed as the ultimate surf boat. And it still works in conjunction with the TAPS system.
The Convex VX system adds an extension onto the back of the hull driving the prop wash down and under the wake, pushing it even high, and longer.
T.A.P.S. stands for Tigé Adjustable Performance System, and it’s exactly as the name implies. Behind the transom, is a plate that is adjustable at the helm to tweak the characteristics of the hull, and therefore, the wake.
Behind the hull is the TAPS2 plate that adjusts the ride and the wake. It’s controlled by a rocker switch on the throttle, the same as trimming an outdrive or outboard.
In normal mode the Z1 is a planing boat with a light wake, and at the touch of a switch to lower and raise the plate, the stern can be made to squat to increase the wake. Its performance is heaven for watersports enthusiasts and it’s on every Tigé hull.
Not only is there great wake control, but she is a great performing boat. Thanks to her triple hull tracking fins, the Z1 can turn on a dime. There’s very little slide so there’s no feel of falling off the turn. Acceleration is crisp, with our tests showing a time to plane of only 2.1 seconds (one of our fastest ever recorded!), and a 0-30 mph time of 7.4 seconds.
We measured a top speed of 43.6 mph and a best cruise of 25.8 mph.
Since this is a V-drive installation, there’s more room in the cockpit without having to work around a bulky engine box in the middle of the boat. The Indmar engines not only have four engine mounts, but an additional two under the transmission as well which better distributes the weight and torque. That translates into less vibration and less discomfort for the passengers.
Speed Data. With an Indmar 350-hp M57 5.7L engine as standard, our test boat reached a top speed of 43.6 mph and had a best cruise of 25.8. At that speed, she was burning only 7.45 gallons per hour.
The Indmar M57 engine has dual exhaust and drives through a ZF transmission. Perhaps most important of all, it carries a 5-year Indmar factory warranty.
When turning, the Z1 rolls 12-degrees into the turn.
Notice how when she runs, the spray comes well aft…
… but during turns, she drops her shoulder to help her carve through the turn on her reversed chines.
The Z Series offers the latest styling of the whole Tigé lineup, and this Z1 exemplifies that.
At the bow, Tigé went with the traditional V-bow, completely filled in with cushions, and surrounded by upholstery that is diamond stitched with UV resistant Gore Tenera thread. Fully forward a flat backrest allows for aft facing seating for another set of eyes dedicated to keeping an eye on the end of the towline.
Air Dam. Previous versions had an air dam that had to be pulled out from storage, and laid into place. Now the air dam is hinged and under the center bow cushion. Just raise the cushion, swing the lexan dam into place, and close the windshield… done.
There’s not much bow room but two people can lounge facing forward or one facing aft. Tige' has maximized space behind the helm because that's where the action is.
Access to storage inside the port and starboard consoles is through the swing-open seatbacks in the bow, and the port storage is also accessed from lifting the observers seat, which also has a mirror and small cargo net storage underneath.
The fit-and-finish is evident throughout the Z1. Here, there are custom made grab rails and diamond quilted upholstery done with UV resistant Gore Tenera thread.
Both seatbacks swing open on hinges to allow access to the console storage behind. The port console is also accessed from the cockpit observer’s seat.
Tigé went with a soft touch helm, color matched with soft vinyl with Gore Tenera stitching. Three gauges keep the panel uncluttered. Tach and fuel to the left, speed in the center, and the TAPS2 gauge with a LCD temperature scale embedded in. Any other information can come from the Tigé Touch display, which is standard on the Z1 and now includes Bluetooth streaming audio and a 5-year warranty. The upholstery continues down to the lower panel where the steering wheel is mounted to a tilt base.
Tigé designs and fabricates its panels in-house, and even designs the software for the Tigé Touch panel. The Tigé Touch screen is at right and angled toward the driver.
The Tigé Touch comes with a 5-year warranty and controls everything onboard. Take a look at the lower right button on the touch screen… that’s a Bluetooth connectivity button for streaming MP3s from the smart phone.
Under the Tigé Touch is a storage cubby. A padded armrest is mounted to the starboard bulkhead.
The helm seat is extremely comfortable and includes flip-down armrests, diamond quilted stitching, and a flip-up bolster.
In addition to swiveling and sliding, the helm seat reclines and the armrests are self leveling.
Seating wraps around the entire cockpit making full use of all available space. The usual accommodations for storage are underneath, the diamond stitch upholstery continues. The corner seats are curved to allow for a more comfortable position while still facing the crowd.
The cockpit takes full advantage of the useable space onboard the Z1 by wrapping around completely, and going with a dedicated aft facing observer’s seat.
Courtesy lights are everywhere. That floor matting is Poseidon mat that allows water to flow right through. A good thing because there’s a high likelihood that wet people will be coming aboard.
Seating is generally deeper than in a number of boats in class because of a slightly higher freeboard amidships. This means a dryer ride and an extra margin of safety for small children. There is lockable storage under one of the seats, a trash receptacle under another, and storage under a third.
Sun Pad and Stern
Behind the cockpit seating is the requisite sun pad that is the staple of any dayboat. It is nearly full beam and has storage hatches that open gull-wing style to access the compartments underneath. This is where there is not only storage, but inflatable ballast sacs. Between the two side pads is a center pad flanked by two elevated storage bins. The center pad itself can be unlatched from its position and flipped to create a non-skid walkthrough to the swim platform.
The sun pad is nearly full beam and is made up of various patterns, colors, and textures.
The center pad flips to reveal a center walkthrough to the swim platform. On either side are long tubs for wet bathing suits that will dry quickly because of the engine heat.
At the stern, Tigé calls this the Transom Activity Center. The seats make a staging area. There’s a stereo remote and two drink holders. The platform is right at the surface of the water eliminating the need for a reboarding ladder.
The Swim Platform is part of the Transom Activity Center that includes a staging area for putting on boards, self draining wet storage, drink holders and a stereo remote. With the platform itself being nearly at the surface of the water, there’s no need for a reboarding ladder. It also has the same effect of a submersible platform when two or more people are sitting on it.
Of course underneath the center of the sun pad is the engine. It’s a tight fit but the bulkheads to either side are removable to facilitate any maintenance that needs to be done.
Tige's "Transom Activity Center" has two large, molded-in seats to make it comfortable when putting on boards. After sets it becomes a venue for relaxing.
The two transom seats open up with gas-assist struts to reveal cavernous storage designed to hold today's longest boards and skis. There are also storage compartments for ropes and iced-down beverages.
Our test boat was fitted with the Alpha Z tower that was custom-designed in-house by Tigé. It can accommodate a host of options including up to 4, color matched, Wet Sounds speakers, tri-color LED courtesy lights, Clamp4rce ratcheting and swiveling board racks, LED docking lights and a swivel tow point camera that can display on the Tigé Touch screen.
The tower is a work of art in itself. Notice the cutouts at the top for holding her in position at the dock.
There are mounts for up to 4 color-matched Wet Sounds speakers and these board racks with ratcheting clamps.
There’s one more ingredient to the equation of creating the perfect wake. And that’s adding weight to the boat to get it down further in the water. This is done by the tried and true method of adding ballast or weight to the boat. And the easiest way to do that is with the closest available source of weight… water. It’s readily accessible and weighs 8.35 lb. (3.785 kg) per gallon of fresh water, and saltwater weighs about 8.3 lbs. (3.9 kg) per gallon. But we can’t just open up a thru hull fitting and let the water come in now can we?
Ballast bags, or sacks are strategically place around the boat to hold water. A flip of a switch at the helm, one for each ballast sack, will start a pump which brings water into the individual ballast sacks. Once they’re full, the boat is much heavier, and because it sinks lower in the water, a larger wake is generated. Now the previously mentioned methods can dial-in that wake to perfection.
At the end of the day, reverse the pumps and empty the liquid weight out.
So How Much Weight is Enough?
The standard ballast package is 900 lbs. (408.2 kg) and should suffice for intermediate to advanced riders. This standard base package consists of two 250-lb. (113.4 kg) tanks below the floor of the rear storage compartments, and two more 200-lb. (90.7 kg) ballast sacs in the bow of the boat.
Now, for the intermediate wake boarder to the advanced wake surfer, an optional ballast package is offered that utilizes larger 600-lb. (272 kg) tanks in the rear of the boat bringing the total up to 1,600 lbs. (725.7 kg).
For the Pro Surfer, in the Z1 Tigé goes still further and allows a total of 400-lbs. more to be added the bow for a total off 2,000 lbs. By doing this, and operator can actually increase the total weight of the boat by 47% -- not counting the weight of all the people aboard. Say six people are aboard at 150-lbs each, that is another 900 lbs. Now the boat is 60% heavier than she was in her original dry weight.
Put this prodigious weight together with the Convex VX hull and the Taps2 system and monster wake is created.
Ballast sacs added to the hull allow for adding weight to the Z1. The Surf System provides 700-lbs. more. The ProSystem adds an additional 400-bs. to the bow for a total of 2000-lbs.
The Tigé warranty program falls into three time periods -- Lifetime, 5-years and 3-years. As for the Lifetime warranty, here is what Tige' says on its website: "Tigé offers the only complete hull replacement warranty in the industry. If you ever experience a structural hull failure or delamination, at any time while you own your boat, Tigé will replace it with a new boat at no charge."
Tigé has a 3-year stem to stern warranty on all items and components on the boat, and a 5-year warranty on the Tigé Touch system as well as the 5-year warranty offered by Indmar on the engine.
The Tigé Z1 is an impressive boat with impressive qualities for making the "perfect" wake across a broad spectrum of disciplines. She transitions equally easily into the family fun boat and that makes her even more appealing.
Tigé Z1 (2014-) Test Result Highlights
Top speed for the Tigé Z1 (2014-) is 43.6 mph (70.2 kph), burning 25.00 gallons per hour (gph) or 94.62 liters per hour (lph).
Best cruise for the Tigé Z1 (2014-) is 30.8 mph (49.6 kph), and the boat gets 3.29 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.4 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 142 miles (228.53 kilometers).
Tested power is 1 x 355-hp Indmar 5.7 M57.
For complete test results including fuel consumption, range and sound levels go to our Test Results section.
Standard and Optional Equipment
Tigé Z1 (2014-) Standard and Optional Equipment
Outlet: 12-Volt Acc
= Standard = Optional
Tigé Z1 (2014-) Warranty
Tigé Z1 (2014-) Warranty Information
Warranties change from time to time. While BoatTEST.com has tried to ensure the most up-to-date warranty offered by each builder, it does not guarantee the accuracies of the information presented below. Please check with the boat builder or your local dealer before you buy any boat.
Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!
All fuel consumption numbers are the total for all engines in the boat. Speeds are measured with Stalker ProSports radar gun or GPS. Fuel consumption (gallons per hour) measured with Floscan digital fuel-flow meter or by on-board factory-installed diagnostic instruments. Range is based on 90% of published fuel capacity. Sound levels determined using Radio Shack digital decibel meter on A scale. 68 dBA is the level of normal conversation.
Test Power: 1 x 355-hp Indmar 5.7 M57
Time To Plane
0 to 30
1 x 355-hp Indmar 5.7 M57
2 persons, 1/2 fuel, no water, 50 lbs of gear
78 deg., 68 humid.; wind: 10-15 mph; seas: light chop