New Supreme S238 Review

New Supreme S238

Nothing sells like new as the saying goes, and Supreme Towboats has been on a tear lately, introducing new products with features and construction details that make one sit up and take notice. Following on the heels of the recently debuted S202, the new S238 is the crown jewel of Supreme’s product lineup, its new flagship.

The S238 follows the market trend toward wakesurfing, and is geared toward buyers who will use the boat for surfing and wakeboarding.

The S238 features room for 16, weighs in at 4,700 lbs. and comes standard with 1,100 lbs. of ballast. The standard bow tank holds 350 lbs. of water weight. Farther aft, the standard quick-fill system holds 750 lbs., fills in two minutes, and empties just as quickly. Buyers who want more ballast can opt for plug-and-play stowage at the bow, which holds 500 lbs. The rear optional ballast system holds 1,100 lbs. of water weight.

A Stinger wake plate comes standard, which lets you tailor the wake by redirecting prop wash, but diehards will want the optional QuickSurf system. This lets you transfer the wakes from side to side at the touch of a button, on the SeeTouch dash system. A Pro S5 tower also comes standard on the S238, but if you want board racks, you’ll need to tick a box on the options list. Same goes for the Bimini top. On a boat like this, in our opinion those items should come standard. Other notable standard features include four pull-up cleats, a depthfinder, and snap in mats for the deck. The S238 also comes with a standard dual-axle trailer with disc brakes, a folding tongue, and LED lighting.

All totaled, with optional ballast systems the S238 creates a 7,400 lb. “footprint” on the surface of the water—which is exactly what you need for wakesurfing

A few other new options include the front boarding ladder on the trailer tongue. That’s a nice touch, as are the underwater LED lights and the ZeroOff cruise control system. To pull it all, Supreme offers engine options as powerful as 409 HP.

Regardless of which tower you choose, Supreme locates it farther aft than on many competing models. That might not seem too important, but it is for a couple of reasons. One, it gives the driver a better view of the water around him. Two, it keeps the tow rope up and out of the way of passengers seated on the rear bench, even when there’s a little slack in the line. That creates friendlier and more usable cockpit space.

Part of the appeal of the S238 is its price. While many large premium watersports push or even break the $100,000 mark, the S238 hovers closer to $80,000. However, it’s important to note that a reasonable price doesn’t equate to chintzy materials or construction methods. Consider Supreme’s vacuum-infusion process. By introducing a vacuum during the lamination process the resin-to-glass ratio is optimized. The hull, deck and stringer system are built using the process and then the hull and deck are “screwed and glued” together using Plexus. Now, Plexus is nothing new, but it doesn’t have to be. When it comes to bonding fiberglass laminates together, this stuff is practically bomb-proof. Using Plexus changes the molecular structure of the fiberglass, which results in a more solid hull and deck structure. That reduces noise, vibration and harshness when you’re out on the water.