Perhaps the ultimate multi-sport machine, the 20V is light and agile, for impressive handling. With Tigé’s patented TAPS system, smooth wakes for slalom skiing instantly convert into monster waves for wakeboarding. Its V-drive engine configuration gives this compact 20-footer wraparound seating in the cockpit, a large sunpad, and lots of overall storage.
- Armorflex anti-blistering gelcoat
- Hand-laid multi-directional fiberglass hull
- Coremat-enhanced lamination throughout
- Heavy-duty all-brass underwater gear
- Faria analog instrumentation
- Stainless steel hardware throughout
- Teleflex rack and pinion steering
- Premium grade 34 oz. marine upholstery
|Length Overall||20' 0'' / 6.7 m|
Acceleration Times & Conditions
|Time to Plane||3.0 sec.|
|0 to 30||4.9 sec.|
|Props||13 1/2 x 16 4-blade Nibral|
|Load||2 persons, 1/3 fuel, no water, min. gear|
|Climate||89 deg., 75% humid.; wind: calm; seas: calm|
1 x 340-hp GM 5.7L Vortec EFI
1 x 343-hp PCM EX343 5.7L MPI
1 x 275-hp PCM ProSport 5.0L MPI
|Deck Warranty Extended||LifePlus Limited Replacement Warranty|
|Engine Warranty Extended||None|
|Gelcoat Warranty Extended||No|
|Hull Warranty Extended||LifePlus Limited Replacement Warranty|
Tricked Out 20-Footer
The 20V gives you the power to customize the perfect wake.
By Capt. Vince Daniello
Many consider a 20 foot watersports boat a little too small for wakeboarding, and more suitable for slalom skiing. It is true that by adding ballast turns even 20-footers can be turned into wake-makers for boarding, but this typically sacrifices storage space to ballast tanks, or worse, takes up cockpit room with fat sacs. But thanks to their patented TAPS wake control system, Tigé’s 20V has room for people and gear, and goes from busting big tricks to chasing buoys on the slalom course faster than you can say Tigé Adjustable Performance System.
Tigé accomplished this by disregarding conventional boat design tenets. Rather than building a traditional hooked-hull planning bottom that needs to be overloaded with ballast weight or mechanical wedges to make big wakes, Tigé designed their Convex V as a non-planing hull, making big wakes without weight or wedges. In place of the traditional hook, Tigé added TAPS2 variable hull technology that allows the driver to instantly control planing and water displacement.
Essentially an oversized trim tab that sits just behind the rudder, TAPS results in a wake that can be adjusted from advanced wakeboard through beginner wakeboard all the way down to slalom ski – while the boat is running.
This adjustable wake is appealing, but another big advantage of TAPS is that it doesn’t take up space inside the boat the way ballast tanks or fat sacs do. With its V-drive engine all the way aft under the sun pad, the 20V offers a huge cockpit with wrap-around seating and lots of storage, including a locker for skis that is accessible from both inside the cockpit and back on the stern platform. Tigé also provides a proper walk-through windshield and ample seating in the bow – something often sacrificed in the smallest models from other manufacturers.
With an inboard engine and triple tracking fins beneath the boat, the 20V has crisp steering and makes tight turns expected from a performance ski boat. And while the Convex V hull is designed to be somewhat inefficient when the TAPS plate is retracted, as the plate is lowered it actually increases fuel economy and top-end performance over a traditional hull, according to company spokesmen. This is because TAPS can be adjusted for the optimum running angle at any speed, with any load, and in any sea condition, creating less drag than a hull that can’t be tweaked by the driver for optimum performance.
This was reflected in our test run, where we hit 45.5 miles-per-hour at 5260 RPM. Acceleration is helped by TAPS too, with the big TAPS plate just behind the propeller utilizing prop wash to start lifting the stern before the boat even begins to move through the water. Our test boat jumped up on plane in 3 seconds flat, and went from 0 to 30 in 4.9 seconds, and these numbers came from a 340 horsepower GM 5.7 liter Vortec engine that burned just 6 gallons-per-hour at 27.1 miles-per-hour, or 4.51 miles-per-gallon.
Superior Hull Construction
Another advantage of their patented hull design, according to Tom Austin, Tigé’s Vice President in charge of Manufacturing, is that they can afford a few extra pounds of fiberglass in the boats’ construction without sacrificing performance. The result is Tigé’s LifePlus Lifetime Replacement Warranty. For a boat’s original owner, if there is any structural failure in the fiberglass hull, stringer matrix, or floor, Tigé won’t fix your hull, they will give you a brand new boat. “It goes without saying that construction is second to none,” Austin said. “You can’t offer a warranty like that without superior construction.”-->
If you’re dinner table has become a debate forum – one camp arguing for an uncompromising smooth-wake slalom boat, another wanting big wakes for boarding, and a third insisting on room for the gang and plenty of storage, you should look at Tigé’s 20V.