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All functional boats do the same task: they carry cargo and passengers over the water. Ski and water boats are designed to be able to pull a wake boarder or skier across the water at speed and at the same time create either a smooth wake or rough water wake depending upon who is being towed. These boats specific attributes that make them different from just a speed boat is the ability to have adjustable wakes by actually sucking water in as ballast and using their ballast monitoring system to adjust the plane of the boat so the desired wake is achieved.