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3.05 m (tower up)
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2 x 1503 Rotax 4-TEC 1.5L supercharged
2 x 1503 Rotax 4-TEC 1.5L supercharged high output
Captain’s Report by Dan Armitage
The 230 Wake model from Sea-Doo offers plenty of space for fellow watersports enthusiasts and two power options to fuel the fun.
In a word, the mission of Sea-Doo engineers with the new 230 Wake for 2012 was to blow off the competition with meaningful, new features that would create bigger wake behind the boat and more excitement aboard her. With bigger wake comes more air, more thrills and chills, and a better show for the 12-person audience possible aboard the new design. Other new features are so cool it will be hard for buyers to resist.
The 230 Wake has a tow arch that is thrust far forward to give board performers a greater and more stable towing arch behind the boat where wake is best. The bow is sloped downward to help forward visibility when towing and the bow is up.
The Sea-Doo 230 Wake is powered by a pair of 1.5L Rotax 4-TEC engines. The standard supercharged package is estimated to generate 430-hp together, according to a Sea-Doo spokesman. The optional High-Output package has a different supercharger and a large, external innercooler, and according to Sea-Doo it produces 510-hp. That is a lot of horsepower in a 23' boat, particularly when it is turning crankshafts at up 8000 rpms directly connected to two water jet pumps with no reduction gear in between.
There is no doubt that the jet boats are hard to beat when it comes to hole shot, and the Sea-Doo spokesman claims the boat gets on plane in 3.1 seconds. We have not yet tested the 2012 230 Wake, so we can't verify that claim. If true, however, it means that novice wakeboarders will have an easier time of success on their first few times out on the water.
Wakeboarders can customize a consistent towing pace for each dude individually via the 230 Wake’s iTC Ski mode setting.
The 230 Wake model incorporates what Sea-Doo refers to as iTC (intelligent Throttle Control), an electronic throttle to control how power is delivered. In basic terms, the choices offered via the iTC include an ECO mode (short for "economy"). The ECO is a technology designed to calculate the boat’s optimum fuel efficiency based on load, speed range and water conditions. Essentially it lets you dial in the "best cruise speed" for maximum range by putting the throttle to the stops.
Docking. Docking raises some anxiety in all boaters, and jet boats are no different, and maybe more so. Because they have no rudders and are steered strictly with the jet nozzles, smooth docking takes a careful hand. Sea-Doo's "Docking Mode" limits the engines' available power to a maximum of 3500 rpm over the full throw of the throttle lever. In this way the operator can make more precise adjustments and a heavy hand will not result in too much power and a boat out of control.
We like this feature because it makes the horsepower much more controllable, it will make every operator more proficient, and it is also safer. Moreover, this feature is valuable when the skipper is backing the tow vehicle down the launch ramp and someone who is unfamiliar with the boat -- such as junior, mom, or uncle Harry -- is in the boat guiding her onto the trailer.
The arch on the 230 Wake folds forward, and now has two more pod speakers for a total of four. It also has a light bar which is a cool thing to have at night.
Cruise control. "Ski Mode" allows the operator to program the throttle to control the power band across a range of five different ramp-up settings to get a consistent hole shot and towing speed. "Cruise Mode" allows the operator to use a toggle switch to control speed by 1 mph increments.
The rear-facing lounge seating allows the spotter to maintain a comfortable view aft – with additional warmth when needed from a cockpit heater.
A lift of the hinged base on the bow seats reveal handy storage areas. Note the snap-in sectional carpeting, cargo-netted open storage bin and courtesy light.
The integrated swim platform offers a skid-resistant surface and a telescoping, two-step boarding ladder. We'd prefer four steps, but would settle for three, which is pretty much standard.
The 230 Wake offers a total 77 cubic feet (2.18 m3) of storage space, including an under-sole locker, a storage compartment within the Sea-Doo’s passenger console, beneath hinged bow cushions forward, and in several compartments aft.
The helm console features multi-gauges and toggle control switches that are handy to view and access adjacent to a new 7" LCD touch screen control panel.
LCD Touch Screen
The 230 Wake offers a brand-new LCD touchscreen control center that puts several of the boat’s features and technologies at the operator’s fingertips, including Cruise Control, Docking, ECO and Ski modes, stereo controls and fuel settings.
Chartplotter. Secondarily, this 7" touch screen also can be a chartplotter. With the standard gps the boat's track can be followed and duplicated. In unfamiliar waters this chartplotter should be a great guide to staying in deep water and avoiding all sorts of trouble. Even though the Sea-Doo 230 Wake only draws about 1' (.30 m), chartplotters are great things to have. Best of all, the system can accept the chips made by any of the major digital chart suppliers.
Digital readouts are large and easy-to-read at a glance. A digitally-encoded security system prevents unauthorized use via a microchip that is engaged in the ignition lanyard.
The new LCD touchscreen panel includes a navigation screen display to offer information on speed, coordinates, itineraries, travel time and even maps with optional chart software.
More cockpit space. Because the Sea-Doo 230 Wake is a jet-powered boat with direct drives its engines are low permitting more cockpit space. This is particularly important in the stern of the boat.
Several innovative “apps” offered by Sea-Doo can be controlled and monitored via the LCD touchscreen. Note the blue bars which indicate the boat's ballasted position in the port (90%), starboard (90%) and front (62%) tanks.
The 2012 model 230 Wake features three, hard-side ballast tanks that have been repositioned for better balance. When they are all full, 1,402 lbs. (637.2 kgs.) has been added to the boat -- that is 36% more additional weight in the boat, plus passengers.
Triple WakeBoost System
The 2012 230 Wake model includes Sea-Doo’s new Triple WakeBoost System, a three-tank set-up with water capacities that can be filled, drained, adjusted and monitored via the dash-mounted touchscreen control panel to move weight around and fine-tune the ballast to create a custom wake.
New for 2012 is an additional 400 lbs. (181.8 kgs.) capacity, all in hard tanks, not in bladders. This brings the total ballast possible to 1,402 lbs. (637.2 kgs.). That's a lot of extra weight in a 23' boat and should go a long way to producing superior wake. If you want less wake, just pump out some of the ballast in the appropriate tank.
The Sea-Doo’s hull design creates a shallow, 12-inch draft. Typically, inboard or sterndrive boats this size will draw from about 22" to 34" while under way. By eliminating rudders, propellers and stabilizing fins, the jet-driven models are much safer for tow-sport enthusiasts and swimmers.
A new, optional helm-controlled system helps remove weed from the engine’s intake grate. The device can be activated only when the engines are off, and a control at the helm simply lowers the intake grate to a vertical position so gravity can pull off the weed.
The standard folding arch tower with speakers and light bar easily lowers when not in use.
A pair of swivel racks come standard aboard the 230 Wake that swing inboard for clearance while docking, launching or towing and to allow easy stowage and access from inside the boat.
Thanks to Sea-Doo's comfortable seating, excellent standard stereo system, chartplotter, "Docking Mode", 12" draft, the 23-foot Sea-Doo doesn’t have to be in full “tow mode” to be enjoyed for other sports as well such as cruising or just entertaining.
Let's face it, it can get cold on a boat, particularly when you were dancing the light fantastic for 20 minutes or so in 65-degree water. That's why the new 230 Wake has a heater tube. Located on the port side under the spotter lounge seat the accordion-like flexible tube has a breath of warm air coming from off the engines. The tube is long enough to even reach the driver.
The 230 Wake is 23'6" (7.16 m) LOA, with an 8'9" (2.67 m) beam, and a draft of 12" (.30 m). She weighs 3,922 lbs. (1779 kgs.) and has a storages capacity of 75 cu. ft. (2.12 cu. m) and is rated to seat 12 persons, or 2,180 lbs. (989 kgs.) Her fuel capacity is 53 gal. (200.6 L).
We think Sea-Doo has hit the mark offering a sharp-looking, large-capacity recreational tow-boat. She has practical wakeboarding features but she can be used for all kinds of towing sports and is just plane fun to drive. The stock boat, with standard engines, is priced at $55,099.
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