There is nothing about the Supra Launch 242 that doesn’t scream fun. This year Supra has upped their own ante by providing a large boat that is completely balanced with posh features, and high performance. In a medley of standard features this 24 footer aims to make everyone aboard feel like the boat was made just for them.
As one of the first companies to make competition inboard boats, Supra has continually worked for years to refine their designs, and develop a boat that is built with classic design moxie and rider centric features that will appease even the toughest of critics -- myself included.
I have to admit that I was suspicious to see a flagship boat without a pickle fork bow design, but after one look at the wake this powerhouse creates I had no choice but to set my concerns aside. And for all of us wakeboard aficionados, isn’t it the wake that matters most?
This boat is:Large and Well Planned
Who’s it for: Wakeboarders and Wakesurfers
Engine: Up to 420 hp Indmar V-8
Length: 24' 1” / 7.31 M
Weight: 4,450 lbs. / 2018 KG
Seating Capacity: 19 Persons
Fuel Capacity: 68 GAL / 257.4 L
Hull Type:Deep V, Wake
Bow Style:Open, Traditional, Single Tip
Beam: 102" / 2.59 M
- Ballast options up to 1700 lbs.
- Saltwater Engine packages
- Integrated Lighting
- Zero Off GPS Speed Control
- Huge Playpen Open Bow
- Supra V.I.S.I.O.N. Digital Command LCD Panels
- Electric Wakeplate for Shaping
- Multi Position Rear Facing Seating
- Billet Clad Dash
- Premium Sound System
- Streamlined Dash
- Custom Tower with Board Racks
- Individual Rider profiles to get the right settings for up to 16 people
- Options for surf configuration
- Fast Fill Ballast Pumps
Is it the Right Boat for You?
I have to say that this is one versatile boat. The layout is well thought out, maximizing all of the space on board leaving nothing wasted, and as a result you can comfortably seat 17 people into a 24’ boat. The 242 has been ranked one of the top wakeboard boats year after year for just cause -- it makes everyone happy. And considering Supra’s reputation for customer support excellence, purchasing a 242 would eliminate any cause for buyers remorse.
As was mentioned from the outset, this boat is a performer. By default it creates a world class wake that is steep and rampy, but with a few adjustments on the wake plate it can easily mellow out to suit beginning jumpers. And if you dump the ballast and reduce some weight, even slalom skiers will find the wake to be acceptable -- that’s rare for a boat of this size.
When it comes to pricing, the 2013 comes in under the 100,000 dollar mark which puts it right in the middle of the road when compared to similar boats on the market. Even so, you get a lot of bang for your buck with this professionally inspired powerhouse.
However, if the price is a little out of your range, but you still crave Supra’s undeniable performance, then you may want to consider the other boats in the Supra Launch line. Plus, this boat is really best suited for families who tend to have a packed dock. So if it’s a little bit more vessel than you need, then check out the Launch 21V or 22V.
Build Your Own Supra Launch 242 at the Supra Website.
If you're still having trouble narrowing down your boat options, then drop me a line and I'd be happy to make some recommendations based on your specific needs. You can also head over to the forums and get input from other boat owners in the About.com community.