Nautique was so excited about the release of their new 2017 Super Air Nautique GS20, they had us out to Detroit, Michigan, home of General Motors, so that we could witness the unveiling of their latest model for the first time. As usual, Nautique put on an amazing presentation by dropping their new vessel right smack dab in the middle of the GM Heritage Collection, a museum of hundreds of GM cars and trucks that reflect many GM firsts, technological experiments, concept cars, race cars and milestone production vehicles (yes, there is a photo gallery below). As a bit of a motorhead myself, to say that the event was breathtaking would be an understatement.
One might think that one wouldn't want to distract from the introduction of a new boat by surrounding it with so many amazing vehicles, but Nautique had no fear of that happening. When the GS20 was revealed, all eyes were focused on the stage as Shaun Murray and Adam Wensink revealed all the details of their latest release.
The Super Air Nautique GS20 is a 20-foot crossover boat which attempts to find the best combination of wakeboarding, wakesurfing and slalom wakes all wrapped up in a package that will fit in just about any garage. Despite its lack of length on the spec sheet, you'd be hard pressed to notice from the interior given how spacious it is. The GS20 is rated to hold 12 people and boasts under floor ballast of 1,850 pounds.
As you can see from the photos, the GS20 has borrowed some of its good looks and technology from the G series of Nautiques. And who would know by looking at it that you could slalom ski behind it as well? The hull is a combination of characteristics from the Ski Nautique 200 toward the front of the boat and the G Series toward the back. This hull, along with the Nautique Configurable Running Surface (NCRS), is what allows the boat to be so versatile, pleasing the family that does it all.
As you might expect, this boat features the Nautique Surf System with Nautique Surf Select, which gives the rider the ability to make speed, NSS, NCRS, stereo track and volume and transfer adjustments on the fly. They've even added "ballast shift" to the available rider adjustments, which lets you change the level of ballast from one side to the other. Of course, if you're controlling things from the driver seat, you can do it from the giant 12.4" Linc Panoray touch screen on the dash. There's even a view of the back of the boat on the screen provided by a camera sitting on the tower.
Not only did we have a chance to walk through the GS20 and play will all the bells and whistles, but Nautique hosted a demo day so that we could actually ride in and behind it. It was a great experience and the wake and wave were all they were hyped up to be. In fact, I had the pleasure of watching Drew Danielo and Shaun Murray show exactly what could be done on both.
Check out more details on Nautiques GS20 at Nautique.com.