2016 VTX ski ability

Sxr_nathanSxr_nathan Posts: 12 Baller
Hey all,
Was at the boat show this weekend and had a look at the new VTX and I must say that I was impressed. I feel that Malibu stepped up the fit and finish on this boat. Before this change. A 200V was waaayyy better looking. So the one thing I can't find anywhere yet are reviews on the wake skiing. Does anyone have any first hand experience with skiing behind this boat? I do have some good time behind a 200v just free skiing and we really like the Nautique. Any new feed back to compare these two now that the VTX has been updated?

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  • swc5150swc5150 Posts: 1,672 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    @oldjeep would be a good resource I think...
    Scott Calderwood
  • oldjeepoldjeep Posts: 2,648 Mega Baller
    edited March 2016
    Unfortunately not since I haven't skied one and they made some big changes to it. The 2016 is a whole different beast and looks like a baby whale on the trailer compared to my 2012. Haven't seen any real reviews on the skiability other than one dealer comment (not my dealer) that they had really screwed up the boat in terms of skiability in favor of making it surf better.

    Chuck P
    Not a mechanic but I play one at home
  • Dacon62Dacon62 Posts: 441 Solid Baller
    Thought they did a change to the bottom similar to the LXi to TXi change. Thought it would improve the slalom wake.
  • UWSkierUWSkier Posts: 577 Crazy Baller
    Have not skied it but they added a ton of freeboard and the spray looks crazy in the promo vids... At some point, physics takes over.
  • rodltg2rodltg2 Posts: 1,051 Crazy Baller
    sounds like an awesome boat !

  • oldjeepoldjeep Posts: 2,648 Mega Baller
    edited March 2016
    Seen that video - some unknown line length at an unknown speed. Also be nice if they said what the ballast configuration is. I run my front tank full for skiing. They also had a passenger up there - which I can't imagine at ski speeds unless you never needed to turn back through your path.

    My favorite part of that video is where they say it fits easily into a standard garage. The previous VTX requires a special tower hoop to fit under a standard 7ft door - mine just clears. The 2016 is 7ft 3" with the special tower hoop
    Chuck P
    Not a mechanic but I play one at home
  • WayneWayne Posts: 382 Baller
    Wholly crap look at the spray off that thing! Skiing into the wind must feel like skiing in a hail storm behind that thing.

    Maybe Axis will pick up the old VTX hull and run with it.
  • oldjeepoldjeep Posts: 2,648 Mega Baller
    edited April 2016
    Here is the first review I've seen from an actual owner of a 2016 - about what I expected, not good.

    short link
    Chuck P
    Not a mechanic but I play one at home
    Sxr_nathan
  • Dacon62Dacon62 Posts: 441 Solid Baller
    My '08 diamond hull VTX did not throw spray like that...yikes. New model year, bet the gang at Malibu has that sorted out by 2017. Looks like the strake angle just needs an adjustment.
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