I am in the market to buy a used ski boat and am overwhelmed by the amount of information out there so hoping you can help! I am an intermediate skier and mom of 2 small kids, so not likely to improve drastically in the next few years. I ski at 28 mph, 15 off and maybe can improve to 30mph, but can't see me ever getting to 34-36 mph. My last boat was a 1995 Sea Ray Signature 200, a multi purpose boat, whose wake was not harsh and very ski-able. I will only be doing open skiing and anticipate my children will not love skiing like I do, so would like the option to use it for a wakeboarding (but this shouldn't be the driving factor). However, if I am going to buy a boat, I want to buy one that I will love skiing behind.
Any suggestions of boats to focus on, esp given how I ski. Also any suggestions on places to test out a variety of boats? I'm in GA, but drive to the lake in NC, so can drive a bit to find it. I just don't want to drive all over the map testing out 1 boat at a time! Our budget is probably $25-35K, unless there is an amazing one that is just outside of the budget. (kids need boats over college funds, right!?)