2013 Wakesurf Boat Preview: Centurion Boats Introduces the FX-22
The rumors are true, Centurion Boats has launched the all new FX-22 with the Hammerhead Bow at The Centurion Experience Party last night at Lake Las Vegas. The new FX-22 has a sleek, aerodynamic design where form and function come together to create a confluence of artistic efficiency. As the newest addition to the Centurion line, the FX-22 comes in at 22 feet 3 inches and has a beam of 102 inches making it one of the widest 22 foot boats on the market. Also, new for 2013 is Centurion’s Touch Vision electronic dashboard with LED gauges and a cool, sporty look rich in technology.
With more than 40 of its top dealers on hand for the launch party at Lake Las Vegas, the new boat took center stage as the music stopped and the bright lights illuminated the FX-22 for the first time. The room was packed and as the anticipation grew for more than hour, the boats sat covered. Then at 9 pm with Centurion’s pro athletes in the forefront, Rick Lee of Centurion took the stage and started the countdown; “Three, two,” and the thunderous sound of rocket engines rumbled through the room.
The crowd roared in the smoke-filled room as the shimmering red-and-black FX-22 was raised on a hydraulic lift, glowing with futuristic blue LED lights and a stylish white interior. One attendee, with camera phone in hand, was overheard to say, “This is crazy good!” The countdown continued three, two, one and the lights flared illuminating the FX-22 for the first time! The party continued as the DJ played into the night while onlookers were invited to inspect the new boats firsthand and Centurion factory staff answered questions.
Centurion’s President, Rick Lee said, “The FX-22 was developed applying methods used by world-class race car manufacturers, then applying them to the challenge of enhancing the Centurion experience so that all families and customers can extract maximum enjoyment. We’ve been working to develop a boat that was not like anything else on the market. We took a lot of inspiration from race car manufacturers and we think that this new boat with the Hammerhead Bow will revolutionize the watersports boat market but we need to be perfectly clear – It’s not another pickle fork boat!” Denoting the recent flood to the market, Rick Lee referred to the onslaught of “pickle fork” boats that have a distinctive “forked” look to their outline but he was insistent that the FX-22 with its exceptional styling was not another pickle fork boat.
The FX-22 has the ability to adjust performance characteristics on three-axis. 1. Ride attitude, bow up or down. 2. Left or right lean with ballast adjustments or the use of after planes. 3. Rudder loading or crab from counter weight versus opposite after plane application.
The new Centurion Touch Vision dash-pod has an advanced look and will give the driver everything needed to put the boat into the best performance for each rider with ten “saved” performance settings. Les Clark, VP of Manufacturing said, “We’re so excited about this new dashboard, it gives so much information in an intuitive and intelligent way. Our team has worked on this for a long time. Our dealers and pro team love it and it’s a huge improvement going forward.”
Another exciting feature of the FX-22 is the new collapsible Aegis tower and hardtop bimini which collapses a full seven inches lower than the 2012 model.
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