Are you looking for the best wake sports boat available? If so, you can’t go wrong with the 2022 Centurion Ri230. This model is the Official World Wake Surfing Championship and IWWF World Wakeboarding Championships boat, and that should say plenty about its watersports performance.
You get a design built for towing riders, with adjustable ballasts and everything you need on hand for the ultimate wake sports experience on the lake or river.
The 2022 Centurion Ri230 offers you the ultimate model for tow sports. With this pro model, you can expect nothing but the best riding conditions, regardless of your sport or style. The balance provides symmetrical wakes and waves, with outstanding fuel economy thanks to less drag on the hull.
The 23-foot 2022 Centurion Ri230 comes with 5,400-lbs of ballast available throughout the boat. Compared to the bigger models in the series, the Ri230 seems to perform better at creating a range of custom wake and wave shapes, offering you complete customization of the wake for the rider and memory included to configure your favorite settings.
The Ri230 comes with an affordable price tag for its class and plenty of innovation throughout its design. The styling is aggressive and refined, offering you everything you need for a fun day out on the water towing your friends or family.
From professional wake sports competitors to amateurs looking for a high-quality towboat, the Ri230 offers you the complete package for plenty of fun.
The 2022 Centurion Ri230 gets its power from the GM Marine 6.0L HO 450-HP powerplant, with Acme 16″ x 15″ props and a 1.72:1 gear ratio. This boat can handle 81-gallons fuel capacity when fully loaded, carrying a crew weight of 360-lbs.
We like the Range of View (ROV) System in the 2022 Centurion Ri230, offering you real-time fuel consumption and trip data. The readouts allow you to adjust your throttle to optimize the boat’s efficiency.
Hull and Ballasts
The 2022 Centurion Ri230 features design and construction with the all-new Opti-V hull. This hull comes with one of the deepest deadrises in its class. You get a 20-degree dead-rise in the transom, with the Opti-V Hull design displacing more water to the wake with a need for less weight in the ballast.
The 2022 Centurion Ri230 comes with a staggering 5,400-lbs of ballast available onboard, with full control over the ballast through the touchscreen interface in the cockpit.
Known as “The Baller,” the next-gen ballast system brings you four stainless steel 2-inch ball valves, eliminating any use of plastic in the system. The Ri230 also comes with the legendary “QuickSurf” system, allowing full control of the wake tabs to create any shape or size of wake you want to suit your riding style.
With the setting at zero, you get a large, steep wave, and it mellows out and lengthens the closer you get to the 100-setting. You get full digital control over the QuickSurf system through the Revo 12-inch touchscreens mounted to the cockpit dashboard.
The hull design is functional, offering high levels of performance and low drag levels thanks to the shallow draft. The Ri 230 comes in four colors for your hull, and you can choose between “slice,” “spearmint,” “onyx,” or “white frost.”
Interior, Seating, and Deck
The 2022 Centurion Ri230 comes with plenty of upgrades over its predecessor. We start with the vertically-mounted 5″ touchscreen, known as the “ROV—Range of View,” sitting to the right of the 12″ Touch Revo screens.
The HD Dashboard System has a side-by-side configuration, allowing independent or synchronized operation. You get full control over the QuickSurf tabs and the ballast through the touchscreens, providing effortless adjustment on the fly.
The ROV also provides the driver with access to the transom-mounted camera system, allowing them to keep an eye on the rider without the need to turn around and place themselves and others at risk. You also get the trip and fuel consumption data included in the readouts. This consumption data is industry-first for tow sports boats, and no other model has this feature.
The 2022 Centurion Ri230 has enough seating to accommodate 14 passengers for some fun out on the water. The comfortable and customizable seating extends throughout the vessel, giving you a plush lounge for relaxing in the bow, with seating configurations to turn it into a sun pad.
The rear bench in the boat’s aft slides into the cabin, allowing passengers to watch their friends smash the wake time and time again. There’s also the option to fit a table, giving you somewhere to place your cocktails while you watch the sun go down over the water.
The bench features a step-pad for sparring the seating when getting in and out of the transom. You also have the option of deploying the two backrests from the engine pads, adding more seating for riders as they gear up for the session.
Keep the sun out of your eyes and off your skin with the easy-to-deploy SewLong Bimini top attached to the Roswell Drop Zone tower, providing plenty of coverage for your guests to escape the sun’s harmful UV rays. The DropZone Auto Tower offers automatic folding, opening, and closing in a few seconds at the touch of a button.
The 2022 Centurion Ri230 is a class-leading towboat, and you can expect it to have a premium price tag. The base model retails for $242,181, and you’ll have to consider any commodity surcharge involved with the purchase. However, you get a trailer included, and we feel that it’s the best model available for tow sports, despite the heavy price tag.
The 2022 Centurion Ri230 comes great as a standard model, but it’s even better when you kit it out with optional extras. The following are some of the outstanding optional extras available with this model.
- STD Decals.
- Gator-step non-slip flooring.
- 2-color Step Centurion cut.
- Stereo system by Wet sounds.
- BombShell 2.0 strapless racks from Roswell Swivel.
- Flip-up stadium seats (port e star).
- HD sliding seat.
- Ladder swim step.
- 2nd snorkel for the three-outlet heater system.
- 6-way power seat adjustment.
- Interior limo lighting.
- HD panoramic mirror and flip-down mount.
If you’re thinking about adding optional extras to your boat, check the list prices before you go HAM and drop another $10,000 to $20,000 on extras. It’s a great boat as it is, and apart from the sound system, we feel that the rest is somewhat unnecessary.
2022 Centurion Ri230 – The Verdict
If you’re looking for the best high-performance wake sports boat, then it’s hard to beat the package offered by the Ri230. It has the revolutionary “Baller” QuickSurf system, plenty of ballast, customizable wake control, and everything you need to store your boards and gear.
The onboard entertainment system brings the party onto the water, and the comfort offered in the bow lounge is ideal for taking an afternoon cruise.
The price tag is somewhat steep, but considering the performance and functionality offered in this model, we have to say we agree with the World Wake Surfing Championship and IWWF, and the Ri230 is our top choice for the best wake sports boat available.