The Lake Norman (N.C.) Carefree Boat Club added a Bryant 233X wake sports boat with Volvo’s Forward Drive to its fleet.
“Our members have asked for, and several times we’ve come very close to buying a traditional V-drive wake sports boat,” Lake Norman Carefree Boat Club sales manager John Gillette said in a statement. “But each time we’ve hesitated because of their high cost. Most don’t ride as smooth as our V-hull sterndrives — important to our weekend boaters — and they are difficult for our less-experienced boaters to maneuver in tight quarters.”
“The Bryant 233X is equipped with all the features important for the wake sports enthusiast: Zero Off speed control, 1,700 pounds of ballast, surf tabs, tower and a massive stereo, plus Bryant’s patented Sport Porch and the revolutionary Volvo Forward Drive,” club owner Marc Graveline said. “We introduced the boat to our members at our May 2 member social and they went crazy over this boat.”
Although wake surfing has grown in popularity, it can be controversial behind traditional sterndrive boats because of how close the surfer is to the propellers, said the Lake Norman club’s dockmaster and wake sports instructor, Paul Sheehan.
“Bryant’s Sport Porch and Volvo’s Forward Drive ends that controversy since it puts the propellers far forward of the wake surfer,” Sheehan said. “And I was dreading having to teach our members how to dock an inboard. This is the perfect fit for a club wake sports boat.”
Graveline was happy that Bryant and Volvo worked with the club so it would be the first to receive the product.
“I commend the Lake Norman Carefree Boat Club team for their initiative, forward thinking and willingness to invest in quality and [cutting-edge] products for their members to enjoy,” corporate Carefree Boat Club president and CEO Doug Zimmerman said. “They continue to demonstrate that being a boat club member doesn’t mean you have to settle for entry-level boats.”