I'm looking to buy a boat that is good for wakeboarding as well as slalom skiing. I did tournament skiing in college 12+ years ago - could run the course at 15 off, 32mph - and was getting close at 34mph. Now I wont often have access to a course, and so will likely be free-skiing mainly. I also enjoy wakeboarding - can do some grabs, 180s, and a wrapped 360.
So I'm looking for a boat that would put out a good wake for wakeboarding, but also a slalom wake at least good enough to be able to try the course occasionally. I've never much thought about how good or bad a wake was, I've just been happy to get the chance to be on a boat (right now I only get to boat 1 week a year, behind a '89 Tristar). I'm looking to buy a boat to use most weekends when the weather is nice, and of course if I'm spending my own money, suddenly I start over-thinking everything, and its hard to figure out what I'd be happiest with.
I was hoping to spend around $14k, but could go up to $18k for the right boat. Any opinions? I'm wondering if I should get something with a ballast I can fill for wakeboarding. If so, I would like it to be integrated, so the bag is hidden and I can just flip a switch on the dashboard. Or there is something like the Tige taps system, or the malibu wedge. Not sure how well either of those actually work in practice. Surfing looks like it could be fun, but I don't know that its feasible in the type of boat I'm looking for, and in my price range. I've heard of guys throwing 1000s of lbs of ballast in their boats to do it, but that seems like it would be hard on the boat?
I'm thinking maybe a Malibu Sunsetter XLI, or Tige 21i, or maybe a moomba (not sure if I'd want an outback, ouback ls, or mobius). Do those sound reasonable? Anyone have any thoughts to help me along? Its so hard to keep track of different boats in different years, which hulls they have, etc. I've definitely got analysis paralysis right now.