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rushin
01-13-2006, 04:42 PM
been anything going on in this forum so I thought I would stir the pot.:D


We have read about people on here getting new V's has anybody got a new I? Or on order?

bneub
01-13-2006, 09:08 PM
I was starting to really feel like I was in the minority. (Actually I am pretty sure that I am). Looks like people are trending to 22 and 24' boats.

We just got an '06 20i and found a lake last weekend without ice so we could take it out! It is yellow and storm grey with a polished tower. I will post some pics as soon as I download them off of my camera.

It was a little bit of a tough call because my wife and I still love to slalom, but we are starting to wakeboard also. When we demoed the 20i we thought it had an awesome slalom wake.

With the taps at 8 the wake wasn't bad for a couple of wakeboard rookies either.

Now if summer would just hurry up and get here!!!! I walk by out boat every day because it is parked in the back of my office. It is torture! The other day I sat in it and drank a beer and listened to the stereo. Is there a support club for that?

b/w05
01-14-2006, 02:41 AM
bneub,

I'll join!

Mark

bneub
01-14-2006, 02:52 AM
Pic of the first trip to the lake. 65 deg outside, 38 deg water, 20 mph wind. We had a drysuit and skis, but the whitecaps were just too big.:mad:

bneub
01-14-2006, 02:59 AM
trying to attach the pic again...

tobo57
01-14-2006, 03:13 AM
It looks as if the i's are being fazed out.I went to the boat show 2 days ago Tige showed only v's.I have an 03 i and was wanting to see the new 20i.I drove the 06 20v and loved it,I would like to do the same with the 20i.Must be tough in Co.with the winters and a new boat.I've been getting mine ship shape with tower speakers,new steering cable,hatch in front walkway,waxed and ready to go.It will be a month or so hear in Nashville before we can get on the water.

b/w05
01-14-2006, 04:36 AM
bneub,

Nice looking boat!

Mark

T*
01-14-2006, 07:25 AM
I'm feeling the pain of the longest winter of my life, too. My boat's practically new - it's an '05 22i leftover, which we picked up in 11/05. I broke my arm the week we brought it home, so I only got to ride behind it once :mad: . That put an end to any thoughts of drysuit riding this winter, so I went ahead and winterized (even though it's in my attached garage - I'm paranoid of a power outage during a cold snap...).

Yes, I've had my share beer and tunes in the boat this winter, too - I actually watched some bowl games in it on my little garage tv over Christmas and New Years. I've had the tarp on and off of it numerous times, even in the garage - I'm sick. It still looks sweet even w/the tarp on, and my wife likes it on because then she doesn't find me out there at all hours sitting just sitting in the boat.

Our '06 season will start in March - inside of two months now!

wrangler
01-15-2006, 04:50 AM
bneub...very nice looking boat. I like the colors and you guys are hard core to be out in 38 degree water... With the wind and the water that cold, even with the air temp at 60ish, it still had to feel pretty cold!!! Well done!!!

As for sitting in the boat, I when I have it out from under the tent, my wife knows where to find me... Today we had rain, so it was all buttoned up and lovingly put away under the 40 feet worth of tent. That's pretty excessive huh...

Hi, my name is wrangler and I have a boat habit...:(

wrangler
01-15-2006, 04:51 AM
By the way, we went out last weekend and the water here in So Cal at Elsinore was 57/58 and teh air was roughly 72. Pretty nice. Wetsuits did the job and the new heater was one of the best things I have ever bought!!!

bneub
01-15-2006, 01:35 PM
Wrangler,

Thanks.

If I thought my wife would let me get away with draging our boat to So. Cal. right now I would do it! But since it won't happen, you suck. :)

When the water hits 60 in Colorado, we put the wetsuits away. But then it is usually late June.

We may go again today. Supposed to be 61 with no wind. There is a snow storm coming tonight so it might be the last chance for a while. I'm an accountant so I will be working 7 days a week for the next 2 months also. Can't wait for April 16th......

Brian

Laketrash
01-16-2006, 08:29 PM
Long live the i!!!! At least until I get a V. :)

knelems
01-16-2006, 11:15 PM
From a dealer standpoint this is the first time we are not showing the Tige I series in our BHM show. I do love the way they drive but it seems in the southeast the V's have gotten more popular. Our entry level Tige will be the 20V instead of a 21i this year. I talked to other dealers at this years dealer meeting and it seems the i's are still popular. Maybe it is just our area.

Nick Howard
01-17-2006, 06:06 AM
With boat show space becoming both more expensive and hard to come by, dealers sometimes have to make a decision as to what models to leave at home. It's not always possible for a dealer to take one of every model, which would be 8 boats. Rarely do you see any dealer of any brand display 8 different models.

And with V's being a sure hit with the customers, unfortunately, the I's sometimes get left out. It does vary slightly by territory, as I's are still very popular in the Midwest and Northeast, at least probably more-so than the rest of the country.

The 22i is still the most unique direct-drive in the industry and no one has a floorplan or performance that can compete with it. The 21i is a staple in our line, it's the most roomy 21' direct drive on the market and has cool features that no one else offers, such as Skybox Seating, contoured bow seats and a TWO person observers seat. The 20i, with it's newly redesigned interior, has been a huge hit this year. Every dealer who has stocked it is having great success with it.

So rest assured that the 'I' is NOT being fazed out! We still love building, driving and using direct-drives ourselves. With V-drives being the more popular of the two boats, they will sometimes get a little more attention. But as I mentioned, we will strive to continue bringing you the best direct-drives on the market as well!

Thanks,
Nick Howard
Tige' Boats
Midwest Regional Sales Mgr.

NICKYPOO
01-17-2006, 03:07 PM
I still love my '00 22i. The most comfortable Tige ever. I might even consider buying a new one if it was as comfy as mine,..........Nick Howard. With the introduction of Malibu's XTi's, I feel the D-drives are actually on a come back. Besides Malibu there are other makes trying to tap into the D-drive market. Kudos to Tige for keeping the D-drive alive as a viable wake boat. What you don't see is a 22' D'drive with a "standard" lay out. No funky seating configuration or lounges or walk throughs or contoured seats, just a giant back seat, giant observers seat and a giant open bow. I've been running around in mine for 5 years now and everyone wants to ride in it because they say it is just so damn comfortable. Instead of the latest and greatest 22i ever, I sure wish Tige would at least look at the '00. The simple design gives you so much more room to make the seats BIG. I'm 6' and can completely lay across the back seat without touching either side. I can sit in the bow facing front or back and completely stretch out my legs without touching the seat backs with my feet. I can completely stretch out my legs without touching the bulkhead while driving. I can fit 3 people on the observers seat without the seat in front of the walkthrough. The point is, the thing is big everywhere. When you start trying to come up with new, fancy seating, what you end up with is cramped seating. I know that the newer 22i was built to make more room for ballast but with the new hulls, do you really need it. I know that with a 350 in the trunk and 350 in the bow my surf wake is way better than my boss's '05 23' V-drive Malibu with full tripple balast tanks and wedge deployed. So you tell me Tige, why not at least consider putting together a "retro" package for the best D-drive ever.

Nick Howard
01-17-2006, 03:35 PM
Hey Nickypoo,

Thanks for the feedback. I know your boat well, most of my closest friends owned the 22i back in that era.

We're always willing to consider different ideas. If our customers ask for it and the market demands it, we'll look at it. You don't have to worry about Tige' being a brand who rests on it's name and success. As I've mentioned, we'll continue to strive to offer the best boats on the market.

Please feel free to express your views and suggestions about boats with us at any time. You can email them to info@tige.com, you can forward them to myself or anyone else on the factory team who frequents this board. You can also share them with your dealer. Very few people are aware that we hold Dealer Council Meetings throughout the year. These are different from our Annual Dealer Meeting that most people have heard about. We meet multiple times during the year with a group of our top dealers specifically to discuss their feedback. Specifically to discuss what their customers are saying, how their customers are responding to products and what's going on in their region.

We always welcome your feedback. Keep sharing and we'll keep listening.

Thanks,
Nick Howard
Tige' Boats
Midwest Regional Sales Mgr.

Laketrash
01-17-2006, 03:52 PM
Being on Hyco Lake with my '01 21i, just about the only Tige around, I get alot of complements on it. I like having something that no one else seems to have. My 21i sits down in the water and has the slight drop to the bow so it almost has that "lowrider" look. Low, Lean and Clean.

:cool: Too bad everyone can't have one!!!

TeamAllen
01-17-2006, 04:07 PM
I agree 100% with NICKYPOO. I have the original 2150, which later was called the 22i. In the original brochure it was labeled, "The Family Room". As NICKYPOO pointed out, it has plenty of spacious room. I too would like to see a come back tour of the old seating arrangement. As it is now, I would have to step down a foot in size, for the 21i, to get that seating arrangement.

rushin
01-17-2006, 04:36 PM
Maybe another model 22ie? Now there is a ve why not?

ghollow
01-17-2006, 07:35 PM
I still have my 1998 PRE2200i, later called the 22i. If I ever would start having problems with it, I might consider getting another one. I do not need ballast, I just move people around. There are usually at least eight people in the boat when we go out. It has to be the roomiest 22' on the market.
Other than routine maintenance, I have had very few problems with it. I have had to replace a thermostat, a steering cable, several bilge pumps and the stereo. This past year, I did have my upholestry replaced. We are pretty anal about keeping our Tige looking good. My boat has almost 800 hours and has never had to go in the shop and has never left me stranded. A lot of people do not like the mercruiser, but mine has been flawless.

NICKYPOO
01-17-2006, 10:50 PM
So I'm not crazy? What a relief. Only problem is, now that Tige is going to build it:D I'm going to have to talk the wife into it. Thanks a lot Tige.:rolleyes:

runnin20i
01-18-2006, 03:10 AM
I've got a 20i on order should be in around mid March... Black hull, yellow main panel, black second main, white deck.
Also yellow swim platform and yellow trim on the inside
I can't wait for spring!!

TeamAllen
01-18-2006, 01:08 PM
runnin20i,

Welcome to the site and congrats, on the new ride! That color choice will be great! Make shure to post some pics in March after it arrives.

runnin20i
01-18-2006, 01:41 PM
thanks TeamAllen, I built that thing on the website in about every different color combo you can imagine and that was my favorite. Plus it's gonna look great behind my tow vehicle, a black 03 Chevy Silverado SS. Can't wait for summer!

runnin20i
01-18-2006, 01:41 PM
edit sorry double post, freakin stolen wifi at work

Laketrash
01-18-2006, 01:54 PM
Welcome to the Tige family!!! Any cool extras to brag about?

runnin20i
01-18-2006, 02:07 PM
nah not really, just got the the tower and the premium audio. I'm going to add tower speakers and a light bar once it comes in, just a better deal to buy it somewhere else that have it from the factory.

wrangler
01-19-2006, 11:05 PM
Congrats and welcome to the board and the Tige clan... I belong over on the Ve section...but wanted to say welcome...