We often times get customers come into Seattle Water Sports, that are confused as to buying a direct drive vs. a V-drive boat.
So lets talk about the differences of the two types of tow boats. The direct drive dates way back to the early days when having the engine in the middle of the boat made the wake smaller/flatter for water skiing because that is what was popular and desired in that era. Or a flat wake with a lot of pull from the V-8 engines and four blade props to get the water skier up fast. The hulls were mostly rather flat at the back and the beams were narrower for a narrow, flat wake that the skier’s loved.
Smaller interior, lighter weight and smaller body, engine located in center of the boat
Then comes the evolution of wake boards and surf boards in the 2000’s and up. Now folks wanted to do both by putting a tower and adding fat sacks (water sacks) in the boat, to get a bigger wake for wake boarding and surfing behind the boat. This allowed a boat that still could be a great water ski and wakeboard/surfing boat, but was a lot of work filling sacks and making sure weight was distributed right.
Bigger Interior, heavy and wider body, rear compartment engine
Since wakeboarding and surfing grew in popularity because of its social setting and trend in board sports, and water skiing was becoming less popular; boat manufactures turned their designs to making more of a boarding boat with the engine in the rear of the boat, wider beams, and more deep V hulls. This made a boat with more interior room involving more people in the sports than skiing, but more importantly a boat with a bigger and wider wake to get better pop on a wakeboard and a taller wake for surfing. This also allowed the boats to be more of an all day boat if the lake got rough, because of the bigger interior and ability to have a surf session because of the ballast. These boats all have towers and on board ballast systems to create the ultimate wakeboarding and surfing boat that can be changed for each rider. The only fallback or short coming was that now the V-drive boats did not produce the ultimate water ski wake as they did with the direct drives.
So what boat style should you pick………simple, know the differences and pick the drive type that best suits your groups water sports needs. Come and check out what we have to offer here at Seattle Water Sports!
Selection of Boats At Seattle Water Sports