Supra Launch 21V Review
When it comes to choosing an All Star team to review the performance
and specs of any wakeboard boat, it’s hard to think past Ballistics’
Justin Hamlin, … Darryl MacFarlane and – for the northland
location of the Spectacle Lakes in Mangawhai – Whangarei’s
Justin has owned more wakeboard boats than you can shake a stick
at, Darryl knows more about wakeboard boats than most, and Keith
is a pioneer and just a good guy to have aboard even though a knee
injury is still keeping him out of the water. Here are the questions,
the answers and the photographic evidence.
What were your first impressions of the
Supra Launch 21V?
Justin: It’s a good-looking boat. Sexy.
Keith: Honestly I think I just liked the whole shape of
the boat and the way everything was laid out.
Darryl: I thought it looked really neat, I liked the layout
and hands down the bimini and tower just looked like they would
do a good job.
What was the internal seating and layout
like? Can you describe the comfort levels for the driver?
Justin: It was pretty standard for a V-drive. Cocktail
lounge feel. It was nice, plush – I definitely noticed the
quality of materials, I like it. There was plenty of room - there
were only three of us – but there was plenty of room for lots
more people to lax out. I liked the height of the driver’s
seat, it wasn’t too low down which is always a problem.
Keith: It felt really roomy, from driving the boat all
the control panels were perfect, everything was right there. You
couldn’t say you were driving because it was so stress-free.
You basically just had to turn at each end of the lake.
Darryl: Most of the v-drives are very similar in layout.
I liked the wide walk-through and the centre rear facing seats and
the driver’s seat. The back lumber support for the viewing
seats fold up and down to act as a windbreaker making it really
nice and comfortable, you don’t get a lot of wind hitting
you in the head. There was tonnes of room due to the width of the
boat and the quality of the materials were really nice.
How did the wake ride?
Justin: The wake was good. A little wider than
I’m used to and a good wake shape. It was a good size for
a factory ballast.
Keith: From an observer’s point of view the wake
was sick, it had a really nice transition to it even without any
weight in it. I didn’t even see the wake fully loaded and
it was still really big.
Darryl: My partner Sally loved it, I thought it
was really nice and rampy. The wake seemed wide but riding it doesn’t
seem bad at all. A guy riding 75ft – 80ft may want to shorten
his rope. There’s a nice flat table, not too much wash and
a nice solid lip. I don’t think there’s going to be
any problem for a beginner through to intermediate riders.
Were there any standout features to the
Supra Launch 21V that are worth mentioning?
Justin: The board racks, definitely,
they were sick. They were easy to use, they swivel into the boat
and were really trick. Quite snazzy and tech.
Keith: The wake plate system at the back of the
boat for getting in and out made a huge difference with the transition
of the wake as well. The board rack is awesome, they just looked
so good, this boat just looked so bling, it’s an awesome looking
boat. One thing that did impress me about the boat was the rider
profile option where you enter a name and the boat sets to an automatic
profile of how the rider wants to ride – that was probably
the most impressive thing on the boat without a doubt. Another really
cool feature was the stereo control panel at the back of the boat
for the rider to set his music just making life that little bit
Darryl: Tower speaker and bimini layout is hands
down the best around. It’s nice and solid, wide enough to
give you shelter and you can use it as a roof rack for boards on
top which is a killer idea. The whole package with the trailer which
is U.S manufactured and specifically built for that hull, it’s
not a multi-use trailer so it tows solid as. The folding draw bar
for storage and the tower folding nice and flat are also great features.
Every boat is so different, comparing it to malibus and nautiques
and stuff I’ve driven overseas.
How about the people you are dealing with in New Zealand –
how did the Supra brand rep come across?
Justin: “Devan? Very professional. It was
good, we had a great time. Great conditions, nice lake, a good casual
attitude and a good wake. It’s all about the wake.
Keith: He was the best salesman I’ve ever
met. Devan knows everything about what he sells, right down to the
last nook and cranny. He likes to know everything about the whole
Darryl: Devan is going to be the man for it,
the things he’s doing are going to be really beneficial to
wakeboarding in New Zealand. He’s a rider so he knows about
it, and enthusiasm is what this whole sport needs.
Supra Launch 21V
Boat Weight 1542kg
Standard Engine Indmar Assault 325 HP MPI Engine with Supra Cruise
Stock Price $106,000
Factory Ballast 800kgs