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Fiveflat 09-16-2012 8:20 PM

Drove the SA450 this weekend
 
I got the drive the new Supra SA450 this past weekend.
This is the first SA built in Tennessee, it was shipped out to Wisconsin for WWA Worlds that then continued on out to Merced, CA.

It pulled the INT Western Regionals and I was fortunate enough to drive it while the designer of the boat rode along and told me everything I wanted to know about it.

As you would assume the SA450 has a 450hp motor, the Corvette LS3. I have this same motor in my 2012 Axis A22, but it felt to me like it had more horses than mine. It felt so light and nimble, it was a really FUN boat to drive. Lots of the competitors that rode this weekend, also rode behind it at Worlds. They all LOVED the wake at worlds, but they were slightly less than stoked about it at the private lake in Calif. The only thing I can figure why is because the private lake was only 7-8ft deep down the middle. Probably the only complaint I had about the boat was the position of the throttle. There's a little step in the side panel where you rest your arm. Where you would expect to feel the throttle, gives you a little ring pucker when you reach down and it's not there. It's a little lower and I had to look down to find it the first time I had to stop.

Great boat, needs deeper water. I loved it!

I was a little busy at the comp, but I got a couple pics for you all.

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-h...0%252B0000.jpg
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-G...0%252B0000.jpg
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-B...0%252B0000.jpg

ilikebeaverandboats 09-16-2012 8:35 PM

I really like that interior! Got any more pictures? Is it just the light, or is the carpet "tweed"? I like it.

Fiveflat 09-16-2012 8:36 PM

The carpet is actually what Axis calls "Tatami Mat" I don't know if that's Axis' name for it or if that's the real name. It's a woven plastic mat. I like it better than carpet personally.

boardman74 09-16-2012 8:54 PM

Great looking boat. I really like the blue.

markj 09-16-2012 9:54 PM

That's very sporty looking.

skippabcool 09-16-2012 10:02 PM

Nice looking boat. Is that a samson mirror?

chrisbucklin 09-17-2012 2:59 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Fiveflat (Post 1783407)
I got the drive the new Supra SA450 this past weekend.
This is the first SA built in Tennessee, it was shipped out to Wisconsin for WWA Worlds that then continued on out to Merced, CA.

It pulled the INT Western Regionals and I was fortunate enough to drive it while the designer of the boat rode along and told me everything I wanted to know about it.

As you would assume the SA450 has a 450hp motor, the Corvette LS3. I have this same motor in my 2012 Axis A22, but it felt to me like it had more horses than mine. It felt so light and nimble, it was a really FUN boat to drive. Lots of the competitors that rode this weekend, also rode behind it at Worlds. They all LOVED the wake at worlds, but they were slightly less than stoked about it at the private lake in Calif. The only thing I can figure why is because the private lake was only 7-8ft deep down the middle. Probably the only complaint I had about the boat was the position of the throttle. There's a little step in the side panel where you rest your arm. Where you would expect to feel the throttle, gives you a little ring pucker when you reach down and it's not there. It's a little lower and I had to look down to find it the first time I had to stop.

Great boat, needs deeper water. I loved it!

I was a little busy at the comp, but I got a couple pics for you all.

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-h...0%252B0000.jpg
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-G...0%252B0000.jpg
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-B...0%252B0000.jpg

Well if that's ur only complaint that's not bad. That's cool he took the time to let u drive and explain the hole thing to u!

Fiveflat 09-17-2012 7:00 AM

The touchscreen is very intuitive. Everything is also duplicated so if you don't feel like pushing a couple buttons to get to the ballast screen, there are toggles at your right wrist for the stock ballast.

Fiveflat 09-17-2012 7:02 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by skippabcool (Post 1783422)
Nice looking boat. Is that a samson mirror?

I don't know for certain. But the little side mirrors were awesome too. When the rider cuts really wide, I didn't have to lean over or look over my other shoulder.

09-17-2012 7:37 AM

Any idea if the guy who explained it to you was Shane Stillman?

Fiveflat 09-17-2012 7:45 AM

Yes, it was Shane. Great guy! Super nice.

07launch22ssv 09-17-2012 9:28 AM

The mirror is a CIPA extreme........

timmyb 09-17-2012 9:30 AM

Great looking boat, thanks for sharing your review with us!

09-17-2012 9:44 AM

Shane is the best!

slowwwflowww 09-17-2012 3:36 PM

That's one sweet ride!:)

Gnargnar 09-17-2012 4:25 PM

What's in Merced ?

Fiveflat 09-17-2012 7:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Gnargnar (Post 1783622)
What's in Merced ?

Skiers Choice

polarbill 09-17-2012 7:13 PM

They don't actually have a factory there do they? Don't they just have an office for Shane and a few of the other west coast people within Skier's Choice?

Fiveflat 09-17-2012 7:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by polarbill (Post 1783665)
They don't actually have a factory there do they? Don't they just have an office for Shane and a few of the other west coast people within Skier's Choice?

That's correct.

Fiveflat 09-17-2012 7:16 PM

Malibu is still in Merced as well.

polarbill 09-17-2012 7:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Fiveflat (Post 1783667)
Malibu is still in Merced as well.

They don't build boats there either do they? I think they build some tower stuff or some components but not any boats unless Axis' are built there.

Mastercraft, Malibu and Skier's Choice all build their boats within a few miles of each other in Tennessee if I am not mistaken.

Fiveflat 09-17-2012 7:38 PM

Yes, that's correct.
If I recall, California put some kinda of hazardous material use laws into effect and it really affected the use of certain gelcoat, or at least that's what I remember. I could be entirely incorrect. Although simple cost of doing business in the state could be enough reason as well.

Axis is built right along side Malibu, in TN. Same thing for all the boat companies that moved to TN, offices in Merced only for 3D drawing and design, and marketing. I believe MB is the only factory still in Merced.

mark197 09-17-2012 7:40 PM

Pretty sure Sanger is made there as well.

polarbill 09-17-2012 7:45 PM

Isn't the Calabria Factory in Merced or right around there as well? I know they aren't really building any Calabria's right now but I think they might be building Supreme's in their factory.

Fiveflat 09-17-2012 7:46 PM

Oh yea, are they still in Sanger, CA as well?

Fiveflat 09-17-2012 7:47 PM

I concede... LOL

wakekat15 09-17-2012 8:02 PM

Hey Sheldon,

I'm not doubting you got some positive feedback @ Worlds, as the boats were nice. However, no one I know that rode behind it fell in love with it. It didn't appear they had much more than factory in the 450. I helped them load the boat cooler the morning I rode and didn't see any additional weight. I did hear from folks that rode behind the 550 that the wake was good, but it was loaded too. I do believe it would have been fun to ride if properly weighted because it had a nice shape. I just didn't get the opportunity to experience it 1st hand. It's very possible they ran with more weight later in the day for Jr. Women

Fiveflat 09-17-2012 8:17 PM

You are probably correct Kat. I'm not trying to speak for everyone that rode at worlds since I wasn't even there. Just repeating what I heard from a handful of NorCal folks that went. The good news is that (and I'm guessing) they probably didn't weight the 550 to the point the 450 couldn't handle it either. And since they are identical hulls and just a different motor, the 450 should be capable of the same wake shape and size... to an extent.

bftskir 09-17-2012 9:11 PM

Sanger does not build anything but Sangers in Fresno.


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