Wake Tractor, a new wake boat brand, has selected Crusader Engines' Challenger series as its exclusive engine provider. The boat builder was created by John Dorton, Chairman of Bryant Boats, along with his son Ben during the 2015 Surf Expo held last week in Orlando, Florida.
With the tagline "not every rider has a millionaire daddy,' Wake Tractor's WT-1 model, retail priced at US $39,995, aims to redefine the value priced boat in the wakeboard industry by offering only the essentials needed to produce a good wake. Geared toward millennials, Wake Tractor says it required an engine capable of powering a 1,600lb ballast system. The company believes the Crusader Challenger is the ideal fit.
"The wake industry was built around the millennial segment starting in the late 90s and today they are independent young adults who still love wake sports,' explains John Dorton. "They like value, simplicity, and hassle-free ownership. We feel that Crusader's Challenger series is the perfect power partner because it offers all three.'
Crusader Engines is part of the Pleasurecraft Engine Group (PEG), a manufacturer of gasoline inboard engines. Crusader's Challenger series of engines are focused on the towsports industry and custom tailored to meet specific manufacturer needs.
"Our team could not be happier to partner with John and Ben on the innovative new Wake Tractor,' says Mark McKinney, Pleasurecraft Engine Group Vice President. "The outstanding quality and performance of the Challenger engines will be the perfect fit for Wake Tractor and ensure its customers have years of great engine reliability.'
Pleasurecraft Marine Engine Group, a subsidiary of Correct Craft, designs and manufactures three engine brands – PCM, Crusader, and Levitator – from its headquarters in Little Mountain, South Carolina.