Editor’s Report by Capt. Peter d’Anjou
The pickle fork design of the new MB Sports’ Tomcat F24 is intended to provide more seating room in the bow of this wake boat – which can accommodate 16 people. Standard power is an Indmar Raptor 6.2L gas inboard with Rousch supercharger producing 575-hp.
- Performance v-hull
- Indmar Raptor 6.2L supercharged 575-hp engine
- Aluminum tower with gas assist/cam locks (collapsible)
- Boatmate tandem-axle trailer
- Gatorstep flooring (plank or hex design)
- 16-person capacity
Wake enthusiasts, be it boarder or surfer, will appreciate the big waves produced by the Tomcat R24. The R24 has 3,150 lbs. (1,429 kg) of ballast with a quick fill/drain system and the ability to add even more optional plug-and-play ballast (1,200 to 2,300 lbs. / 544 to 1,043 kg) for maximum-sized waves with even more push. With enough seating for a party, the R24 is ready to wake the house.
- Pickle fork bow design
- GPS-driven cruise control
- Quick fill ballast system with optional plug and play ballast
- Engine space storage trays
- Removable carpet
- Color-matched speaker boxes
The Tomcat F24’s builder MB Sports is a California boatbuilder with a pedigree for going fast. Owner Mike Brendal set drag boat records in the National Drag Boat Association (NDBA), American Power Boat Association (APBA), and Union International MonoNautique (the international sanctioning body for APBA), way back in the mid-70s when he and his dad, Irv Brendal, began building boats.
MB Sport is located in Atwater, California. F24’s are made by closed-mold resin-infused vacuum construction with vinylester resin to create a void-free hull and low styrene emissions. A composite stringer system adds strength while front and rear liners create the interior furniture. Boats are available in a variety of gelcoat colors or upscale metal flake finish.
There is plenty of space up front for lounging, socializing, or sunbathing on the F24 and with the windshield and air dam closed, it may be a quieter place onboard that is separate from the activity going on astern.
The helm has a protective three-piece tempered-glass windshield with center walkthrough. GPS speed-controlled cruise control lets the helmsman set the pace for boarders.
The cockpit seating wraps around the entire cockpit and has some versatility with the center aft-bench capable of facing forward or sliding forward and allowing the passengers to face aft.
Mezzanine style seats are a great spot to hang out when the boat is at rest. A passthrough doubles as a cover for the engine box.
The MB Sports Tomcat F24 has a LOA of 23’10” (7.26 m), a beam of 8’6” (2.59 m), and a draft of 2’1” (.64 m). The boat weighs 6,290 lbs. (2,853 kg). The Tomcat F24 has a fuel capacity of 65 gallons (246 L).
MSRP $180,000 is for the boat with a dual-axle trailer.
Optional Equipment to Consider
The only options for this tricked-out, top of the line Tomcat are a three-axle trailer (+ $3,000), additional plug and play ballast, custom metallic paint finish (depends on area covered) and six tower speakers (four are standard). Choice of colors and upholstery are standard.
There are quite a few internet threads that talk about which wake boat to buy. Almost all of them compare the MB Sports lineup in the discussion - which is a good thing – they are popular. Resale value on these boats is also a point to consider. A lot of the talk is about the size of the waves a boat produces and whether they have “push”. Wakeboarders may want a different push than surfers as these activities typically happen at different distances from the transom – boarders being further back so they can do tricks. We haven’t tested the boat yet, but look forward to getting Capt. Steve behind the Tomcat F24, especially with a big cheering section in the cockpit – we know he’s game.