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Old     (silvermustang35)      Join Date: Jul 2008       08-12-2010, 9:01 AM Reply   
Yeah, I wasn't sure on sub location there either, but then I remembered if we bought a new one we still would order without stereo and put our sub in the same spot we did with this one , its a different place but I can see stuff rolling into it too. We keep tools, spring floats, and towels in that area now. I would have to guess it hits harder and better in that location though. There wasn't much Axis could improve on because they got it dead right the first time. I don't mind the sideways door vs the opening up door. Im kinda indifferent on that. It would be nice, but either way is functional. Props to Axis though for continuing to improve on everything and listen to its customers on changes!
Old     (jjaszkow)      Join Date: Apr 2010       08-12-2010, 9:29 AM Reply   
Greg, I think I complained to Matt at least once or twice about the sideways door. We typically have the ChillAx seat up, and the sideways opening door would make contact with it prior to fully opening. I'll probably use the same location for our sub once we decide to install the stereo.
Old     (hunter660)      Join Date: Aug 2007       08-12-2010, 9:54 AM Reply   
What is in the box under the movable bench? That looks like the ideal place for a sub to me.
Old     (bruizza)      Join Date: May 2009       08-12-2010, 9:56 AM Reply   
that is an engine cover.
Old     (silvermustang35)      Join Date: Jul 2008       08-12-2010, 10:05 AM Reply   
Yeah, that was the only hinderance is having chilax up and trying to open that, we usually just put it back down and get what we need and pull up chilax again. Usually it is just us two in the boat so its not like its a necessity for us to have it up.
Old     (sippi)      Join Date: Dec 2007       08-12-2010, 10:42 AM Reply   
I love that boat! looks sweet! is that seat in the back a rear facing seat? that pic of the wake is a great pic, that wake looks so nice, i wanna ride it today!
Old     (silvermustang35)      Join Date: Jul 2008       08-12-2010, 10:49 AM Reply   
The rear seat is rear facing or forward facing. You just pull it out so your passengers can watch rear or push it flush with the back for front facing. Skybox Slide Seating is the name of it.
Old     (bbr)      Join Date: Apr 2002       08-12-2010, 11:59 AM Reply   
Originally Posted by eyedvride View Post
Can you tell us what hull design? Hopefully not the VTX, not a fan and I own a malibu.

What's not to like about the VTX? We have one, ride on a private lake and the wake is LEGIT!

The only thing that would make the A20 better is if it came with a power wedge. The power wedge has to be one of the best innovations ever. You can just see the wake get bigger when it's adjusted properly.
Old     (jjaszkow)      Join Date: Apr 2010       08-12-2010, 11:59 AM Reply   
Jon, that box covers the v-drive (transmission), so no room for a sub there.

Greg, that's what we do too, it's a very minor thing. There's number of similar minor changes on the 2011's that really refinement the already great original. Another one of those changes that you can see in the photos you took is a slight redesign of the carpet near the Skybox. The carpet now extends all the way to the back of the boat making it easier to slide the Skybox, and reducing the chances of the movable seat catching the edge of the carpet.
Old     (elc)      Join Date: Jan 2008       08-12-2010, 12:08 PM Reply   
Originally Posted by bbr View Post
The only thing that would make the A20 better is if it came with a power wedge. The power wedge has to be one of the best innovations ever. You can just see the wake get bigger when it's adjusted properly.
The floating wedge works well for the Axis at a fraction of the cost. The Axis wake is very easy to scale from beginner to pro rider with ballast and the floating wedge.
Old     (stang_killa_ss)      Join Date: Jan 2010       08-12-2010, 12:24 PM Reply   
yes! cant wait to order mine. although i would prefer the storage door to have remained side opening.
although i must say the floor space looks TINY in comarison to my 20-'6" 2003 mobius LSV
gonna be hard to give up that much room....
Old     (bruizza)      Join Date: May 2009       08-12-2010, 12:27 PM Reply   
Cory our A22 is one of the biggest boats on the inside I have ever been in. I think the A20 is going to be pretty damn big inside for a 20 footer.
Old     (elc)      Join Date: Jan 2008       08-12-2010, 2:29 PM Reply   
I am pretty sure the a20 will have as much space or more then the moomba LSV (I ride behind one frequently). Its wider and the windshield should be pushed forward adding more length to the cabin area. Then you have the huge bow.
Old     (jjaszkow)      Join Date: Apr 2010       08-12-2010, 2:57 PM Reply   
Cory, I'd be surprised if you'd be giving up any space between the A20 and the LSV. I know that when my A22 seemed huge when it was sitting next to an LSV on our lake, and if I recall correctly, the A20 interior is only 14" shorter and 2" narrower than the A22.
Old     (stang_killa_ss)      Join Date: Jan 2010       08-12-2010, 4:28 PM Reply   
the a20 has 2" narrower floor space than my 03 LSV
and significantly less front to back. (i have 48") trying to find number for A20 or even A22 to get exact difference...
Old     (bbr)      Join Date: Apr 2002       08-12-2010, 10:58 PM Reply   
Originally Posted by stang_killa_ss View Post
although i must say the floor space looks TINY in comarison to my 20-'6" 2003 mobius LSV
gonna be hard to give up that much room....

I really don't think you'll notice it that much. We went from a VLX to a VTX and hardly notice it at all. Most of the room lost is in the bow.
Old     (stang_killa_ss)      Join Date: Jan 2010       08-20-2010, 1:26 PM Reply   
just got this from kevin at my local dealer, tried to copy/paste the material best i could.

For Immediate Release
August 18, 2010
For more information concerning this news release contact


Axis Wake Research wakeboard boat design meets performance and budget in a compact 20-foot package.
(Loudon, TN) – Axis Wake Research is now bringing their brand’s focus of simplicity, style and performance to market in a new 20-foot package. The new 2011 Axis A20 is designed for riders and families with room for 11 and versatile wakes that can morph from mellow to pro-level. Maintaining the look of the Axis A22, the new A20 adheres to the core values of this uncomplicated boat brand with a small stature for towing and size restricted lakes. The A20 offers convenient size, usable design and stylin’ performance for a price that comes in under budget.

Additional Links

Axis A20 YouTube Video
Axis A20 Gallery
Axis A20 Bookmarks of Continuing Coverage
RSS feed for Axis A20 Bookmarks
The Size

At 20 feet long from bow to stern the A20 is designed to be as convenient to tow and store, as it is fun to drive and ride. The A20 is the perfect solution for families who ride on boat length-restricted lakes, garage their boat or tow with a mid-sized vehicle. The goal for the A20 is to provide as much interior room and wake performance as a much larger wakeboard boat in a more manageable package. Thanks to A20 hull design and a rider-centric interior layout, Axis Wake Research has succeeded in their quest to create a 20-foot boat that does not compromise convenience, comfort or performance.

The Wake

The Axis Wake Research Team modeled this 20-foot boat after the A22 to kick-up pro caliber wakes. An un-weighted A20 has a very mellow and extremely stable wake, perfect for beginners and skiers. However, when you combine the standard Wakebox 800 Ballast System with the available Plug-N-Play ballast system and auto-set wedge, this wake will keep even pro riders amped.

Being the only standard hard tank, sub-floor wake enhancement system available in the price-point class, the Wakebox is comprised of three hard ballast tanks mounted below the floor in both the rear and center of the boat, totaling 800 pounds. Opt for the Axis Plug N’ Play Ballast System and add up to 1300 pounds or more to your A20 in the form of custom designed Fly High sacks. The Plug N’ Play ballast fits nicely in the rear storage lockers and in the bow under the seat cushions, leaving room for storage in both areas. All locations can be filled and drained with switches on the dash. Looking for another 1000 pounds of displacement? Add the exclusive Axis Auto Set Wedge and you will bring your wake footprint to nearly 3100 pounds of displacement. All of this without compromising floor space and barely encroaching on your storage areas.

The Interior

The A20 has room for 11 with lounge seating covered in corrosion-resistant G&T Premium Grade 30 oz. Marine Vinyl. The under-seat storage can swallow all the gear and more. Under-seat storage lighting is available for function and chill factor in red, white or blue LED colors. The machined aluminum AXray kick panel offers enough visibility to keep track of your items along with an amazing look, especially when lit. The ballast-free rear storage area is unobstructed and offers an above engine storage bin to gently warm those chilly wakeboarding accessories like wet suits, rash guards and life vests. Seating is customizable for a variety of riding situations and there is plenty of room for all your friends and family. The rear seat is branded as SkyBox seating and gives passengers VIP treatment with a removable bench that can be positioned anywhere in the center of the lounge. Axis also designed the available ChillAX convertible walk-through seat to accommodate another wake sport spectator and provide a back rest for an additional passenger in the bow. Studded with stainless bead-blasted grab handles, available MTX speakers, textured vinyl, colored accents and a laser-cut Axis badge, the side panel is something you would expect to see in a much more expensive boat. The TriAX Bow is wide enough for a group not just a couple and its open lounge style is the ultimate in comfort. Even the transom has convenience and style built-in with a rider staging seat, tooled in.

The Driver Experience

The Helm of the A20 welcomes a driver and as many as four observers with comfortable seating. The oversized driver’s seat is equipped with dual density foam and the dash ergonomically designed for perfect driver control.

At the dash, the Axis gauges include scrolling digital screens displaying everything from fuel to depth to cruise control functions. Three-stage rocker switches command nearly every boat system with ease. The standard power plant provides 335 horses of fuel-injected power. Axis offers the 400 horsepower Raptor engine for those riders that love to show some muscle. Both engines are available with a saltwater package. The A20 extends driver control with rack and pinion steering and a phenomenal ride, even in rough-water.

The Look

The A20’s gel coat accents introduce accents of color to a sharp hull and deck design. The A20 has a customizable look. Choose from three gel coat layouts, Straight-up, Flip-side and the available Tricked-out scheme. You can even opt for a completely solid boat available in 18 different colors and 3 metal flake gel coats. Looking to turn a few more heads on the water, pull the trigger on the Vandall Edition Package. Complete with a custom Vandall wrap this special edition A20 is set-up the same way Axis Pro Team Rider Randall “The Vandall” Harris configures his Axis.

The aggressively styled bow finishes the tough look and adds another unique element to this price-point boat. The collapsible FatAX tower combines oversized 3-inch black powder coated aluminum tubing and billet aluminum bases for a one-of-kind rear sweeping wakeboard tower that is easy on the eyes. The FatAX tower is through-bolted to the deck with a backing plate for added strength. No corners cut, just pricing slashed. The Wingless MH Windshield accentuates the rugged simplicity of the A20 and allows the driver to dock easily without leaving the seat.

The Guarantee

All of this performance, accommodation and style is created with production practices and materials approved by the best selling water sports boat manufacturer in the world. Axis Wake Research is offering price-point segment-leading Limited Lifetime protection complete with a 3-year engine warranty including fuel and electrical systems and a 2-year bow to stern warranty, the second year covering parts only.


Length: 20'

Beam: 98"

Draft: 27"

Capacity: 11 persons

Weight: 3200 lbs.

Fuel Capacity: 48 gallons

Std HP: 335

Max HP: 400

Std Prop: 13.5x16 Acme 537

Find your nearest Axis Wake Research dealer ( and head down to experience the 2011 A20 and A22 wakeboard boats in person.

About Axis Wake Research: Axis Wake manufactures high performance, price point wakeboard boats with new levels of quality, performance, style and owner pride. Axis exploded onto the entry-level big wake boat market in 2009 with unparalleled pride of ownership. Carefully sourced components and materials, in-house fabrication, lean manufacturing, unique production processes and strategic sales and marketing, allow Axis to offer low cost wakeboard boats without compromising quality. Axis performance and customer satisfaction is unmatched in price-point market thanks to aggressive grassroots research and development. These efforts revolve around the specific needs and wants of core riders and families alike. Or as the team at Axis Wake Research likes to say and the Axis name implies “We’re centered on you.”
Old     (shawndoggy)      Join Date: Nov 2009       08-20-2010, 1:29 PM Reply   
no bow ballast?
Old     (chattwake)      Join Date: Jan 2010       08-20-2010, 2:09 PM Reply   
rear and center stock tanks. Bow ballast is part of the plug-n-play system.
Old     (stang_killa_ss)      Join Date: Jan 2010       08-20-2010, 2:15 PM Reply   
yeah, has rear hard tanks, and center ski locker hard tank.

bow sac and extra rear sacks are part of the optional PnP
Old     (mutau052)      Join Date: Jun 2010       08-20-2010, 2:53 PM Reply   
Talked to my dealer he said a fairly loaded out one will run around the 46k mark, right on with the outback v and tige r20.

He didn't really go into all the options bur most of his a22 have the pnp, wedge, and basic 6 spk stereo, dual axel trlr, so we'll see how these end up done.

He said he'll have some about November.
Old     (DwightSchrute)      Join Date: Mar 2010       08-20-2010, 3:27 PM Reply   
Looks like a cool boat, but I'll bet that $46 didn't include the CAT motor required at the first of the year or freight and dealer prep. I heard the 2011 had a bit of a price increase ie A22 will be low-mid 50's nicely optioned and the comparable A20 will be high 40's-replacing the 2010 A22 price.
Old     (stang_killa_ss)      Join Date: Jan 2010       08-20-2010, 5:15 PM Reply   
see posts on first page, the two i posted on 7-30-10
Old     (stang_killa_ss)      Join Date: Jan 2010       08-27-2010, 8:57 AM Reply   
looks like the A20s are starting to show up on lots...

all black on dual axle. great detailed pics. note the interior fiberglass is even black

sweet ass black w/ blue on single axle. also detailed pics with black interior 'glass

hidious white w/ yellow. silly canadians. more pics if you click the picture

Last edited by stang_killa_ss; 08-27-2010 at 9:00 AM.
Old    mojo            08-27-2010, 4:17 PM Reply   
this in no way refers to the function of the seating. i like it, but does the word "chillax" bother anyone else?
Old     (stang_killa_ss)      Join Date: Jan 2010       10-02-2010, 8:47 PM Reply   
now thats just sinister

more pics!
Old     (norcalmalibu)      Join Date: Jun 2004       10-03-2010, 12:12 AM Reply   
Not a fan of the stereo location/sub location. The amps are to low on the floor. One big roller over the front and the stereo is toast. Why would they put the sub right in the middle of one of the biggest lockers?
Old     (stang_killa_ss)      Join Date: Jan 2010       10-03-2010, 2:40 PM Reply   
the sub is an option as are the # of amps. order it without and put them were you want.
Old     (SmoothWaterMan)      Join Date: Oct 2010       10-06-2010, 8:09 AM Reply   
I've got the black/white A20 that Cory posted above in our showroom, and we've ordered another white one with orange accents like this one -

Last edited by SmoothWaterMan; 10-06-2010 at 8:12 AM. Reason: Added pic


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