Waterski magazine review 2006

Over the past two years, XFi boats have certainly made their presence felt on Australian waterways. Boat-sales are skyrocketing and the company has built a reputation to exceed customer expectations every time.

Their stand at the Melbourne Boat Show was flat-out over the five days, with many boat-buyers keen to check out their latest models and designs.

We got a sneak preview a few weeks before the Boat Show, when they brought their three current models down to the National Watersports Centre in Carrum for a run. It was freezing cold, but luckily we managed to get a glimpse of sunshine for some photos, before the heavens opened up later in the day.

All three models were zippy and a lot of fun. The Genesis, their top-of-the-line model, was luxurious and comfortable – the Mercedes of the group. Next in line was the Renegade, the sports-car model, followed by the Illusion, which was more like a family car.

All three boasted an excellent finish, with top-quality craftsmanship. XFi pride themselves on consistently producing top-quality family boats at a reasonable price and this claim was certainly upheld on the day.

Genesis

The top-of-the-line Genesis looked sensational on the water, fitted with an elegant beige Charashima velour interior and black metal flake exterior.

A host of features, including keyless ignition, forward-neutral-reverse gearing and tilt-adjustable steering, meant the Genesis catered for all kinds of water-sport enthusiasts.

It was very spacious, with plenty of leg and bum-room for six. The dual observers lounge was particularly comfortable, rising all the way to the top of the windscreen to give fantastic back-support and comfort (you really have to sit in it to understand).

The Genesis and Renegade share the same hull shape, which was carefully designed by XFi to offer tight turning and an adjustable wake to suit different users (be it wakeboard, waterski or barefoot). The primary difference between the Genesis and Renegade is the fit-out, where the Genesis offers an esky, a lounge-observers seat and metal flake on the exterior as standard.

Renegade

The Renegade was a sporty model that, like the Genesis, really handled well on the water. The same hull-design meant six were seated comfortably and there was plenty of storage space down the side of the hull and behind the observer seat for all of your gear.

The Renegade comes with a pure-white hull as standard, however the test-boat had the optional grey metal flake paint-job with blue graphics. This certainly enhanced this rig's sporty appeal, as did the sports steering wheel and Faria sports gauges.

The black and blue interior colouring complimented the exterior graphics and helped enhance the hull's sporty lines. And once again, by simply altering the speed, we could see a visible difference in the wake shape for skiers or wakeboarders.

Illusion

The Illusion is the entry level XFi, but is by no means basic. Offering a fantastic selection of features, the Illusion guarantees plenty of fun for any boating family.

The Illusion has a different hull to the Genesis and Renegade, but is still 20ft in length. The pure white hull and classic XFi graphics on the test-boat were timeless and guaranteed to keep the boat looking modern for years to come.

With a smooth soft clutch, the Illusion had quite light steering and easy maneuverability. Plus, there are plenty of options available to help spice up your ride, including engines, stereos, towers and materials to help build the boat of your dreams.

Starting from $31, 500, means the Illusion is a really affordable option for waterski enthusiasts, without compromising on build quality or features.