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Tigé R20 (2014-)

1 x 350-hp Indmar 5.7 M57

Brief Summary

With the R20, Tigé has created a cost effective boat with the same performance hull of the high end boats in the lineup. It still allows for the capability to dial in the perfect sized wake in a high performance boat that can hold her own right alongside the best of the best. She also solves the problem for those that need a smaller boat due to tow vehicle capacities or lake size limit restrictions. She measures in at 20’ (6.1 m) and has an empty weight just over 3,000 lbs. (1,361 kg).

Key Features

  • Lifeplus lifetime replacement limited warranty
  • High flex gel coat
  • Tige speedset cruise control
  • 20 oversized drink holders
  • Convex rear-view ski mirror
  • Aluminum ski pylon
  • Transom activity center with self-draining storage
  • Fiberglass non-skid removable/collapsible swim platform
  • Wet Sounds premium sound system with 4 speakers

Test Results

650 3.9 3.4 0.86 4.56 3.97 156 136 69
1000 5.5 4.7 1.2 4.54 3.95 155 135 71
1500 7.1 6.2 2.25 3.16 2.74 108 94 75
2000 8.6 7.4 3.7 2.31 2.01 79 69 91
2500 13.3 11.5 5.25 2.52 2.19 86 75 89
3000 23 20 6.7 3.43 2.99 117 102 93
3500 27.8 24.2 8.1 3.43 2.98 117 102 92
4000 32.5 28.2 11.2 2.9 2.52 99 86 94
4500 36.6 31.8 14.25 2.57 2.23 88 76 95
5000 39.9 34.7 18.4 2.17 1.89 74 64 99
5300 41.7 36.2 22.3 1.87 1.62 64 56 99


Length Overall 20' / 6.10 m
Beam 94''
2.38 m
Dry Weight 3,075 lbs.
1,394.79 kg
Tested Weight 3,666 lbs.
1,663 kg
Draft N/A
Deadrise/Transom N/A
Max Headroom Open
Bridge Clearance N/A
Fuel Capacity 38 gal.
143.85 L
Water Capacity N/A
Total Weight 3,666 lbs.
1,663 kg

Acceleration Times & Conditions

Time to Plane 2.1 sec.
0 to 30 6.6 sec.
Ratio N/A
Props N/A
Load 2 persons, 3/4 fuel, no water, 50 lbs of gear
Climate 78 deg., 68 humid.; wind: 5-10 mph; seas: light chop

Engine Options

Tested Engine 1 x 350-hp Indmar 5.7 M57
Std. Power 1 x 335-hp Indmar 5.7L DC Fusion57
Opt. Power 1 x 415-hp Indmar 6.0L L96 M60
1 x 350-hp Indmar 5.7L Premium M57

Captain's Report

Tigé R20

The Tigé R20 brings affordability to performance wake-boating.

Mission Statement

The Tigé R20 was designed to provide an entry level wakeboat that still maintains the company’s demand for performance and construction quality. The price is kept down by eliminating high end upgrades and options while ensuring that the ride quality is not sacrificed.

Tigé R20

Differentiating Features

Inboard Engine.

True wakeboats are able to get a better wake, with a better table between the wakes, with inboard propulsion. Tigé will not compromise on this so the R20 makes a good transitional boat to inboard power.

Engine in Stern.

Other wakeboats mount the engine in the middle of the boat, creating a huge engine box right in the center of the cockpit. It’s in the way, it’s ugly, and it’s not necessary. With a V-drive transmission, Tigé is able to move the engine to the stern, where it belongs.

Pickle-fork Bow.

This allows Tigé to carry most of the R20's beam fully forward providing more room in the bow.

Deckadence Mat.

Rather than put a regular snap-in carpet as an option in the R20, Tigé went with the optional Deckadence mat which is made from a synthetic material that drains water better and promotes faster evaporation. This is an important feature when dealing with a boat made specifically for watersports. At one point or another nearly all of the occupants will be coming back on board wet.

Tigé R20

With her pickle-fork bow the R20 carries her beam farther forward allowing for more room at the bow.

Build Quality Remains

Tigé uses the same build quality, same Convex V hull, and same performance ride, and includes every needed to tow to perfection, her mission is to keep the price down. It does this by keeping a check on some of the more expensive equipment, that while making life easier, adds little to the ability to get the job done.

Simple is as Simple Does

Case in point is the tower. Tigé’s Vector tower provides everything needed to accompany a great tow boat, and does it without adding items like LED courtesy lights, embedded docking lights, or ratcheting board racks. It does however, include the fixed racks and it’s still collapsible for easy storing in the garage.

Tigé R20

Not your typical Alpha Z tower, but this standard Vector tower (left), or the optional Evo Tower are just as functional, and the person on the end of the towline won't know the difference.

Tigé R20

The board racks are fixed in position and bungee straps hold the boards in place.

Tigé R20

The wraparound cockpit seats take full advantage of the useable space in the R20. The corner cushions flip over to convert from seating to a step.

Tigé R20

Storage is under the two gull-wing hatches to the sides of the sun pad. With the starboard cushion removed, a non-skid walkthrough is exposed.


The helm panel utilizes a Speedset controller to maintain, and make incremental corrections to, the tow speed. It’s mounted to the right side of the helm just above the stereo remote. A soft touch upholstered dash keeps glare down and it’s sewn with UV resistant Gore Tenera thread.

Tigé R20

Notice the digital displays in the two center gauges and the Speedset controls to the right of the panel.

Tigé R20

Chromed rocker switches and a gloss panel make for a good looking helm. To the far side are the Speedset controls and the stereo remote. Notice the green vinyl brow above the gauges. It’s sewn on with UV resistant Gore Tenera thread, as is all of the upholstery.

Tigé R20

Ballast control switches are underneath the helm on the starboard bulkhead.

The swim platforms on all Tigé boats are large and mounted low to the water. This eliminates the need for reboarding ladders, and it also makes it that much easier to get into the water with boards attached.

Tigé R20

The helm seat is on a raised platform for better visibility. The open lumbar area adds ventilation, and the flip-up bolster was comfortable over a long period. It also showed no tendency to drop down accidently.

Keeping the Beef

First and foremost, Tigé's mission in life is to produce premium wake boats. It is here that Tigé excels, although its boats are also equally as good for skiing and, in the case of the R20, a good all-around sportboat for the family. In order to remain competitive, and make no mistake, these boats are competitive, Tigé has come up with a triple whammy for creating the wake that everyone craves. Tigé R20

The bow seatbacks open to reveal access to the console storage. The port side runs all the way through to the cockpit, where the observer’s seat opens to the same compartment.


Tigé R20

Between the bow seats is an optional self-draining cooler. As the day wears on, consider releasing some of that water from the melted ice so it doesn’t slosh out when the throttle is hit.

First -- The Hull Shape:

Tigé has reconfigured the traditional skiboat hull (that produces a flat wake) into one designed to help create, and perfectly form, the wake. The hull design is called Convex V. Where other wakeboats have bottoms that run in a straight line until they get to the stern and then hook down, Tigé’s actually curves slightly upward. That drops the transom down, and the more of the transom in the water, the more wake the boat creates.

Tigé R20

The R20 has the same classy hull contours of the larger boats that make them look so good.

Second -- Plenty of Ballast:

The deeper the hull is in the water the more water it will displace and the bigger the wake will be. Ballast bags are a tried and true method of adding weight, sinking the boat lower in the water, and increasing wake. Tigé’s R20 has dual ballast sacks in the stern and a horseshoe shaped one at the bow that add a total of 900 lbs. (408 kg) to the boat. Optional ballast sacs can be added to bring the total weight to 1.600 lbs. (726 kg).

Third -- The Wake Tab:

Tigé calls this tab TAPS2. TAPS stands for Tigé Adjustable Performance System, and it’s patented to work along with the Convex V hull design. TAPS2 is a trim plate affixed to the aft end of the hull, so operators can adjust the parameters from the helm in ways that were previously unavailable. Want a bigger wake? Adjust the TAPS2 plane up and you have a fatter wake. Want to take some curl out of the wake? Bring the TAPS2 plate down and you tame the beast a bit.

Tigé R20

With the platform kept so low to the surface, there’s no need for a reboarding ladder. The pads across the top of the transom create a staging area for putting on boards. The center position opens to reveal wet storage.


Our test revealed that this boat handled as well as the high-end Tigé boats, and that means that the hull was just as solid, with no flex, and the performance additions of the Convex V-hull remained intact.

Tigé R20

The R20 leans only 7 ½ degrees into the turns.

Also, as with the rest of the line, I found that the TAPS2 system is most effective as a fine-tuning device for the wake when the ballast tanks are full. At the high end of the speed range, I did notice that there was a bit of a bow porpoising, but that was easily stabilized by bringing the TAPS2 plate down and planting more of the forefoot on the water. This is a factor of the Convex V-hull, which by design is to tune the wake, so along with the use of TAPS2, the driver can also stabilize the cruise attitude.

Tigé R20

One of the triple tracking fins can be seen under the hull as we come off this wake. Top speed during out tests was 41.7 mph with a best cruise of 27.8 mph giving a fuel burn of only 8.1 gph.

She turns like she’s on rails, and bleeds off speed during the turns so don’t hesitate to add power, or let Speedset handle the chore. If power is reduced just before entering the turns, she can be made to fishtail around to quickly reverse course.

By the Numbers

The Tigé R20 has a LOA of 20’ (6.1 m) and a beam of 94” (239 cm). With an empty weight of 3,075 lbs., 28 gallons (106 L) of fuel and 2 people onboard, we had an estimated test weight of 3,666 lbs. (1,663 kg).

Tigé R20

The 350-hp 5.7L Indmar engine is standard. A premium 5.7 or a 415-hp 6.0L version is offered as an option.

With the 350-hp 5.7L Indmar M57 powering our test boat, we reached a top speed at 5300 rpm and 41.7 mph. At that speed the R20 was burning 22.3 gph which translates into a range of 64 miles. Pulled back to a more economic cruise setting of 3500 rpm and the R20 was running at 27.8 mph with only an 8.1 gph fuel burn. That extended the range to 117 miles and the R20 could keep that speed up for 4 hours and 12 minutes while still maintaining a 10% reserve.
Time to plane was only 2.1 seconds which is remarkably fast. We reached 20 mph in 4.2 seconds, and accelerated through 30 mph in 6.6 seconds.


Although Tigé has a broad offering of wakeboats that can take a wakeboarder/surfer to the professional level, not all of us are able to get to that level. Sometimes weekends on the water are all that matter, and as such, spending top dollar for every bell and whistle is not part of the equation.
Our test has shown that the Tigé trademark performance is still there with the R20. The size of the wake is the same as with other Tigé models of the same specifications. The hull, deck, stringers and other substructures are the same. Frankly, all that’s missing is a higher price tag that those added accessories command. And that means everyone wins.

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