Tigé Z1By Capt. Rob SmithGet ready to be launched into the thrill of V-drive water sports with Tigé’s Z1. This 21 footer will thrill both you and anyone willing to go out with a ride they won’t believe. Tigé has mastered the hull technology delivering both the wake you want and the handling you need. All the others create wake with hook built into the hull and use tools to change the wake, while Tigé uses a ConvexV hull and their TAPs system to deliver flat slalom style skiing to the perfect wake for your style of wakeboarding and can make that transition in seconds since they don’t have the permanent hook in the hull. This is truly the first trimable inboard on the market.From the frontTwo adults can sit up front in lounger style in 16 feet of space ahead of the windshield. Each has a dedicated drink holder for their beverage of choice.
The towerEvery Z1 is built to have a tower, whether it goes out of the building with the 6463 T6 grade aluminum tower Tigé can install, or you can add one later. Every Tigé has reinforced the hull for a tower, it is a performance ski boat, so a tower is expected somewhere along the line. There are lots of options, even in the tower, like pivoting board racks, upgraded stereo speaker systems and a cool halogen light bar.Cockpit and helmInstrumentation at the helm includes Medallion Can-Bus digital/analog gauges and throttle-by-wire technology. Tigé SpeedSet control is optional, but if installed it is right at your right hand finger tips so you simply reach from the fly-by-wire throttle up to the control, setting a speed perfect for your rider. You never have to let go of the wheel to drive the Z1. Seating in the cockpit is designed for up to 9 adults to relax in 55 square feet of space. Ergonomic seating wraps around from the companion dash to just behind the captain’s seat. The captain’s seat is fully adjustable and has a flip up bolster. An integrated ice box is in the cockpit for your drinks and snacks along with 10 drink holders. Docking cleats and fender holders are easy to reach when you pull up to the Tiki hut at your favorite marina or beach. There is a total of 59 square feet of storage aboard with a huge compartment from the cockpit all the way up to the bow, so bring on the long stuff!
AftThere is 20 square feet of sun tanning space across the back of the Z1. Just aft the bench seat is a standard aluminum ski pylon that brings the tow point up a bit higher than the standard sport ski boat and fits the needs of the advanced skiers well. Access to the engine is through two gull-wing pads that create the sunpad. You have adequate storage to either side of the engine and the panels can be removed for advanced access and service to the engine when needed. On back is a transom activity bench where you can relax and strap on the boards, enjoy the view from the stern and launch yourself into the cool lake when you are ready to relax.The measure of it allThe Tigé Z1 measures 21 feet length overall with a beam width of 100”. She seats 11 with a load capacity of 1850 lbs people and gear. Weighing 3714 lbs dry, she has a 26” draft. This model carries up to 38 gallons of fuel.ConclusionWhat is really comforting, other than the fact that you have a budget friendly boat to get you into the sport, you have the only company that I am aware of with a Lifetime Plus hull replacement warranty. You can forget about worrying about any problems with the hull, they will replace it, and they back almost everything else onboard with a 3 year warranty. You just need to pick out your options and pick out your color scheme.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Tigé Z1 is 42.2 mph (67.9 kph), burning 38.4 gallons per hour (gph) or 145.34 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Tigé Z1 is 25.8 mph (41.5 kph), and the boat gets 2.09 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.89 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 72 miles (115.87 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 320-hp GM Vortec 5.7L multiport EFI.
Standard and Optional Features
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