Captain's Report by Capt. Steve
Keep the Fat
Tigé's mission in life is to produce premium wakeboats. In order to remain competitive Tigé has come up with a triple whammy for creating the wake you long for. First is the old fashioned ballast tank. It's a tried and true method of adding weight and increasing your wake. There's no reason to stop doing this so Tigé has dual ballast sacks in the stern and a horseshoe shaped one at the bow. From here it gets interesting.
Tigé has also reconfigured the hull, and added a trim plate aft, so you can dial in the parameters you’re looking for in ways that were previously unavailable. The hull design is called Convex V and the variable part of the equation is called TAPS 2, for Tigé Adjustable Performance System.
The Convex V/TAPS Marriage…
Where other wakeboats have hull bottoms that run in a straight line until they get to the stern and then hook down, Tigé’s curves slightly upward. That drops the transom down, creating bigger wake. The more of the transom in the water, the more wake you will have. Tigé then adds an adjustable plane on the centerline, much like a trim tab. Want a bigger wake? Adjust the TAPS 2 plane up and you have a fatter wake. Want a flat wake? Bring the TAPS 2 plane down and you get a more laminar flow to the hull.
Getting it On
Does it work? Oh yeah it does, but better with the ballast bags filled. Without any added ballast, activating the TAPS 2 did make a difference: the bow came up and down with the control. But the difference in wake was negligible, at least from the driver’s seat. At the end of the towline, maybe it would be more pronounced. But the fact that it did anything at all is a step past other boats that have a fixed, hooked hull.
However, add ballast and things change dramatically. Now when you bring the TAPS 2 up, the stern sinks way down, and the wake… well, if you want higher then perhaps Olympic ski jumping is more for you. I was able to go easily from a moderately flat wake to a monster wake-surfing wake, all with the touch of a throttle mounted button. From an operational standpoint, it wasn’t pretty. No one would say that operating a boat with so much extra weight, and having the bow so high, is efficient or cost effective, but in the world of wake boarding, it’s not about the driver’s comfort, it’s all about the wake and speed, and in this boat, you can have it your way.
But all of this is of little consequence if you can’t get back to a favorite position the next day. With Tigé Touch, you can do that and more. With its 6.5” (16.5 cm) touch screen, you can create up to 25 different profiles that contain information on boat speed, ballast bag levels, and TAPS adjustments, AND you can name those profiles after the friends that they are dialed in for. Tigé Touch also allows you to have full control of all switches and tunes (regardless of what source they come from) and even gives you a readout of all gauges. We get into a full review of Tigé Touch elsewhere on our site and you should check it out.
Aside from wake control, the Tigé RZ2 is also a very comfortable boat. The helm bucket seat is wrap-around and both the seat bottom and lumbar areas are firm mesh. This makes for a cooler seat on hot days, relieves sticking to the seat when you’re in a swimsuit, and keeps the seat dry when you’re sitting in a wet swimsuit.
The helm is totally uncluttered because most of the gauges are relegated to the Tigé Touch. You still have a speedo, tach, and TAPS2 gauge with fuel and engine temp embedded in each of the outside gauges. The fuel gauge could use a little tweaking though. It’s a bar graph that gives fuel quantity in percents. I’d like to see a readout of the gallons remaining instead. The throttle is right at the fingertips when your arm is resting on the nice armrest, and that armrest also allows you to make incremental changes to the boat’s speed.
The collapsible Alpha-Z Tower is a Tigé trademark. Not only does it look like a work of art, it's very functional. There are handholds in the top that are great for holding the boat at the dock when you want to do a quick passenger change on the fly. Docking lights are embedded in the forward points. The underside has mounts that accommodate up to four Wet Sounds speakers. Above is the tow point that is normally reversible to reveal the white all-around nav light, but on our Platinum Edition this towpoint is also home to a camera that swivels with the towline. Because of this, the nav light is mounted on top of the camera.
As for being collapsible, the tower is internally counterweighted, which makes it much easier to lower and raise. This is a great feature for owners who want to store their Platinum in the garage.
This boat was intended as a "pull out all the stops" ride, and Tigé certainly delivered on that. To name a few of the features, there's the custom embroidered snap-in carpeting, stainless trim over the bulwark cubbies, platinum level upholstery highlights, a pair of custom engraved Platinum Edition grab rails at the bow, upgraded stereo system, color matched tower and speakers, and a partridge in a pear tree.
Given the fact that the Tigé RZ2 makes controlling the wake so easy, coupled with her striking good looks and easy handling, it’s hard not to look at this boat and feel that she’s a winner. The only mistake that we've seen is people thinking she's only for the wakeboat crowd. This is a capable day boat that will also serve as a high end wakeboat. That means the kids can use her during the week, and the parents can have her on the weekends.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Tigé RZ2 Platinum (2011-) is 41.9 mph (67.4 kph), burning 25.2 gallons per hour (gph) or 95.38 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Tigé RZ2 Platinum (2011-) is 26.7 mph (43 kph), and the boat gets 3.28 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.39 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 142 miles (228.53 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 409-hp PCM ZR.
Standard and Optional Features
|Carpet: Cockpit||Standard Snap-in|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|