I got a chance on the way home from the Northwest Wakesurf Open to get a look at the Pavati Marine AX-V24. When I saw the pics here and on their site, it seemed like a "what are they thinking" kind of deal. Seeing the boat up close, it seems legit. Its HUGE and deep and should take a ton of weight, and since it doesn't require a mold, he could have variations in hull design that could favor wakesurfing or wake boarding, or maybe even different styles of wakeboard wakes, etc. The factory is huge and when you see the video, watch in HD to get an idea of how beautiful the paint is, it makes any wrap look lame IMHO. They even invested in a huge powder coat oven so that the paint will be super durable. Its like a custom motorcyle paint job in quality. This is just prototype one and they are going to bring one down to test. Should be fun. I will make sure I invite a outlaw or pro level wakeboarder so that the wakeboard wake can be seen also.
@kevin, Yes I was shocked. I even told Chuck that and what I said it on camera, I wasn't joking, I had no idea what I was coming to see but since it was on the way home and on the way I thought I would give it a shot. Its in White City, Oregon which is only about 4 hours north of me. I don't think they are going to surf expo but I know we will be going out doing an on the water test and we will also be documenting the wake surf wake at the polar bear event. You can see how big/tall it is, I am 6'2" and RJ is 5'11". You can also see in the rear shots he is putting in gravity ballast.
As far as customization goes, he mentioned he had a customer that wanted to video chairs in the back and the walkthrough up the center. Since there is no mold, he can make those kinds of customizations.
Its really not too bad... The all aluminum 21ft version with aluminum trailer runs about 61k. I emailed them a while back. And you can get it made however you want... My lake has a 21ft limit so i dont like the extra forks b/c they just add length to not much reward. Pretty great deal for a custom boat.
That sounds about right, I figured he would need to be competing with the supremes, sangers, mb price point at least in the beginning. Hoping to test one when we get back from Surf Expo before the Polar Bear event we put on.