Is a SN 200 OB going to feel small?

jercranejercrane Posts: 162 Baller
I'm very close to selling my Prostar 197 and locking in a '17 SN 200 OB. Is the the Nautique going to feel small and cramped coming out of the 197? Nautique is like 7 inches wider but the saddle bags take up so much space from looking at pics. At least in the pics. I sadly have not put my hands on a 200 OB yet (this weekend).

I really wan t to go with the 200 for drivability and wake but I am not prepared to listen to my family complain every time we go for a cruise on the lake. Anyone have any experience here?


  • JordanJordan Posts: 1,056 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    I think that the 200 feels fine compared to the 197. While the saddle bags do take up room, they are aft of the driver and passenger seats, That said, the new Prostar feels way more open than either boat.
  • dnewtondnewton Posts: 61 Baller
    Last boat was a 197 and our club boat is a 200 and I now have a 14 prostar. I miss the sundeck option of the 197 so much, it was amazing for afternoons spent floating around the lake. I like my new boat quite a bit, but no place to really "relax". The 200 is an amazing club boat, but not sure how awesome it would be to take the family out for the day in. Probably depends on what you all enjoy doing with your free time.
  • jercranejercrane Posts: 162 Baller
    @dnewton ugh that is not what I wanted to hear. I hadn't even thought about thew sundeck. crap. My wife spends like half the time we are on the boat on that sundeck. :/
  • KillerKiller Posts: 349 ★★★★Quad Panda Award Recipient ★★★★
    200 skis and drives so much better than the 197... minimal space difference. no brainer going to a 200
  • swc5150swc5150 Posts: 2,103 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    I think the 200 feels a lot bigger than a 197. You can really feel the width in comparison when you have the observer jump seat. The bow filler cushion also adds to the size of the front for lounging.
    Scott Calderwood
  • jercranejercrane Posts: 162 Baller
    @swc5150 ahh ok now I'm feeling it ... the bow becomes my wife's new sundeck with the filler cushion in! ok I can sell that
  • MSMS Posts: 4,969 Mega Baller
    Beware of water over bow with the OB 200 on public water
    Shut up and ski
  • swc5150swc5150 Posts: 2,103 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    @jercrane Yes, but be aware of what @MS says. It's REALLY easy to dunk a 200 bow. You have to be vigilant of even small waves. The Prostar is much more public lake friendly in that respect FWIW.
    Scott Calderwood
  • skinutskinut Posts: 375 Baller
    +1 on the bow dunk. I like to think of the bow on my 200 has a bucket that likes to be filled with water. On the plus side the carpet snaps out so even if you do get water up there its not that big of a deal.

    I don't notice the saddle bags taking up space. They are great to store your gear and clear up the floor.
  • dnewtondnewton Posts: 61 Baller
    I have never seen the back seat in the 200 at the club, but it looks like the grab handles could be used in the same way as a 197 does it? It wouldn't be as large as the 197, but still have a nice sitting area during floating.

    My brother and I use our boats almost 100% just for leisure boating, but want to be able to ski when we cant make it to the club. It is a weekly conversation of which is best for an all around family day at the lake. Saddles are awesome at the club while one person is not skiing, but not sure where I would put my large cooler for long days on the lake in a 200. My 197 with a tower was amazing for taking 4-6 people, drinks, wakeboard, combo skis, and even deflated tubes out on public water for the day.

    Lets be honest, neither boats are gonna make for a terrible day on the lake!!!
  • swc5150swc5150 Posts: 2,103 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    The 200 rear seat is a good size. My brother leaves his in, as they cruise as a family all the time.
    Scott Calderwood
  • jercranejercrane Posts: 162 Baller
    @MS really the bow dunk is worse on the SN 200 than then MC 197? ugh I feel like I'm constantly vigilant for the bow dunk in the 197. In fact I'm nervous to let anyone drive if we are in anything but glass.

    sigh, why is life constant tradeoffs?
  • lakeaustinskierlakeaustinskier Posts: 338 Solid Baller
    @jercrane I have a 200 OB that I previously used on a public lake. My parents also have a 2014 Prostar. Both boats are great boats, however, personally I don't like the saddlebags on the 200. The saddlebags are only useful when you are actually in the boat. Since I keep my boat on a lift - am I really going to keep a bunch of equipment in the saddlebags where it can be stolen?
    And the 200 was always a problem dunking the nose. It got so bad that I moved the 200 out to a private lake where I ski the course and bought a larger family boat.

    I know I sound like a grumpy old man here - but my experience.
    Ted Thomson, Austin Texas, Aquaplex
  • MSMS Posts: 4,969 Mega Baller
    @jercrane I saw the YouTube vid that shows that 197 doing the submarine up here on lake Minnetonka. With our new Prostar we have to watch it when we swing back to dock after dropping skiier off. It don’t take much to go under.
    Shut up and ski
  • jercranejercrane Posts: 162 Baller
    ok I'm just going to start wake surfing I guess
  • BdeckerBdecker Posts: 256 Solid Baller
    @jercrane - don’t throw in the towel yet! The saddlebags do a nice job of addressing the skis which will make the boat feel roomier as you are tripping over things. They drive and ski great, but all tournament open bows take some vigilance in wakesurf infested waters. Looking forward to seeing you Saturday am.
  • jercranejercrane Posts: 162 Baller
    @Bdecker I don't know man it's possible this slalom habit is getting in the way of my beer drinking career

  • Orlando76Orlando76 Posts: 859 Crazy Baller
    Well when my family complains about our closed bow 93 SN I tell them to go buy their own boat and put gas in it, insure it, clean it, store it, supply a tow vehicle. Suddenly that ole closed bow ‘93 is fine and dandy.
  • BraceMakerBraceMaker Posts: 3,050 Mega Baller
    edited June 2018
    @MS That driver hit reverse going 30... not a surprise.

    Growing up I had an 88 prostar and the neighbor had a 93 n autique. Both took bow waves but the nautique dumped it on your lap.
  • skihartskihart Posts: 461 Solid Baller
    I came from a 197 and now have a 200 OB.

    Thought I would hate the saddlebags but turns out I love them. Great for tons of stuff when out with the family or ski buddies.

    The bow is a bit smaller but nobody would notice. You do have to watch the bow with people up there but I think it’s aboit the same as the 197.

    The one thing we do miss is the sundeck to hang out on. But it got a ton of wear when we had skiers jumping on and over it all the time. The swim platform on the 197 is bigger and better with the little cut outs for handles to pull yourself up on.

    Like the Bimini on the 200 better.

    The 200 skis and drives better no question but a do miss my 197 at times.

    When the time comes to sell my 200 I may go back to MC. The new Nautique is closed bow, kind of hard on the eyes and way to expensive for me. Probably even used. Have been skiing the Prostar at the boarding school and it’s great. Drove it without a skier and it seemed okay. Maybe not as good as a 200 but pretty darn good. Would like to drive one in the course to really see.
    Have a look at the new Prostar but the 200 will not disappoint it’s a ski machine that the family will still enjoy on the lake.
  • ozskiozski Posts: 1,597
    PCM end of story.
    'Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.'' Boat 2005 Nautique 196 6L ZO - Ski: KD Platinum

  • LarsLars Posts: 131 Baller
    Also have a 197 but also wonder if we would miss the sundeck in a new prostar. The previous gen of Malibu Response had the sundeck up until I think 2016 with a walk thru bow, and the bow seems to sit a little higher. A lot more freeboard than the 197 in the back too. Always thought that'd be a great option for the family.
  • jercranejercrane Posts: 162 Baller
    edited June 2018
    @Lars yeah I don’t know why but I have this decades old bias against Malibu. In the late 90’s I skied with a guy who had a Malibu and everything just seemed so cheap on it. Skied fine and all but I felt like every other thing was broken or about to break. Ever since then I’ve kind of never considered. Probably dumb.
  • Eric KelleyEric Kelley Posts: 255 Crazy Baller
    edited June 2018
    I use my 200 OB on Lake Cumberland a lot and really like it. The downside as others have said is taking water over the nose. It is made worse on "lake" days because we have more people and gear. It is only a problem when coming down to idle zones with all the big cruiser wakes. You have to bump the throttle to keep the bow up.
    One of the best features to me is the Hydrogate, you can raise it to trick mode and it dramatically makes taking other boat wakes and whitecaps better. On Lake Cumberland this is a huge benefit. A lot of days we will make 80 mile trips through snotty water and the bow up attitude really softens the blow. One trip we got caught out in a storm with big whitecaps and I was able to find a speed that the 200 just cruised over them. Very few people use their 200's this way, but I am impressed by it. By just tournament driving the MC and Malibu I would say they are very capable Lake boats as well. I can't even consider the new Ski Nautique til they offer an open bow, the girls would not tolerate giving up riding in the bow.
  • 6balls6balls Posts: 4,933 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Maybe go back one generation on the Txi...a 2016 or so (can't remember the exact year they went current with new hull). Sundeck on back, bow doesn't dunk all that easily.
    Dave Ross--die cancer die
  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 5,701 Mega Baller
    We would miss the sundeck in the back also my wife and daughter use it a lot when we are hanging out on the boat.
    Mark Shaffer
  • tru-jacktru-jack Posts: 161 Baller
    I'll chime in. I have an 07 lxi fully loaded and on public water. I'm getting interested in a newer boat, but my reluctance is losing a lot of the features our family uses and really likes. the wedge is great, the bow is the largest of the 3 and actually big enough for wife and daughters, 11 and 13 and basically full size. My daughters ride in there all the time. I have to be cautious on really rough or busy days to not dunk it when coming off plane, but a lot less than 197, or 200, plus there is a lot more room. the rear trunk and sun pad are used a lot. the boat is dialed in and skis great.. just thinking the wake may be slightly improved/smaller at 26-32mph for wife and kids at 15' and 22' off with a newer boat, at 34mph its perfect right down the line. In reviewing this post, I think I may have just saved myself $25k... but getting a new boat is fun too.
  • BdeckerBdecker Posts: 256 Solid Baller
    I believe the OP @jercrane has a unique issue with an overzealous marine patrol agent chasing him on “rated capacity” on the coast guard plate. Only the SN is rated 9, all of the others are at 7. Growing up we had a marine patrol guy living on the lake. Lou could make your life hell if he wanted too!
  • vtjcvtjc Posts: 194 Baller
    @jercrane if your inclined the 2017+ TXI is worth a look, the fit and finish has come a long way from the late 90’s early& 00’s Malibu’s.
  • jercranejercrane Posts: 162 Baller
    @bdecker is right. This all started because we regularly have a need for 8 in the boat (when not skiing) and sometimes 9. This is dicey with the 197 ... at least technically speaking. I realize the SN 200 doesn't actually have more seating or anything like that but a plate that says 1400+ and 9p matters unfortunately. I contemplated getting a pontoon and keeping the MC but the wife said she doesn't want our dock looking like a Marina. We already have the kid's Whaler.
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