2000 Nautique 196 open bow for ZO project

gregygregy Posts: 2,590 Mega Baller
I ran across a 2000 196 SNOB that need pretty much completely rebuilt. Are the open bows as good as a the closed bows for wakes etc? Thought this might make a good ZO project for the winter.


  • Onside135Onside135 Posts: 447 Crazy Baller
    edited August 2015
    I don't think the SNOB wakes are quite as good as the closed bow TSC1s. I believe they moved the motor further aft in the hull which degraded the wakes a bit. Personally if I were going to make a zero off tractor, I'd look for a closed bow.
  • gregygregy Posts: 2,590 Mega Baller
    I need an open bow unfortunately. I have family that likes to go to public lakes and play.
  • DragoDrago Posts: 1,688 Mega Baller
    It'll be fine
    SR SL Judge & Driver (“a driver who is super late on the wheel and is out of sync”)
  • HockdogHockdog Posts: 238 Solid Baller
    The dash and seating was moved back a little to make room for the open bow, the wake should not be impacted much unless you load up the open bow with kids, gear, etc..
  • aupatkingaupatking Posts: 1,713 Mega Baller
    It will make an awesome boat, but I can't imagine that it will get anywhere close to getting your money back out of it. will still be more boat than 99% of the skiing world can ever out-ski.
    I'll take the old engine. I've got a 93 SN 196 NWZ that needs a full repower on the cheap. No meat on that bone if I start sinking dollars into it. Old engine is trash.
  • swc5150swc5150 Posts: 2,565 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    If you need an open bow, are you sure the SNOB is a good choice? It's just a little sandbox up there. It's a great boat for skiing, but in reality, the bow area is pretty much worthless.
    Scott Calderwood
  • JohnCoxJohnCox Posts: 357 Crazy Baller
    We ski behind a 2000 closed bow that has a newer engine and ZO, and it is awesome. From the end of the rope, feels as good as any boat out there.
    Mapple T2
  • DougDoug Posts: 49 Baller
    I have done 4 repowers 3 being 2000 C/C 1 being 1995C/C they all ski and drive great I have taken out the GT 40 put in 343EX brand new from PCM using the same trans install ZO go map go ski repower takes me about 5 hours start to finish DON"T WASTE YOUR $$$ on a snob
  • Mateo_VargasMateo_Vargas Posts: 934 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
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  • gregygregy Posts: 2,590 Mega Baller
    Yea thats the one. I saw it on the side of the road the other day. I was thinking less $ than that though. It needs a lot of work and for some reason it doesn't have the proper windshield. Might be best just to make payments on a newer boat.
  • DragoDrago Posts: 1,688 Mega Baller
    That looks pretty Wrong. Unless you want a major rebuild project.
    SR SL Judge & Driver (“a driver who is super late on the wheel and is out of sync”)
  • Mateo_VargasMateo_Vargas Posts: 934 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Might be better off going with this one:

    Success is failure that just hasn't happened yet
  • animalanimal Posts: 96 Baller
    That looks like a pre '2001' Nautique. Absolutely brutal wakes.
  • rodltg2rodltg2 Posts: 1,051 Crazy Baller
    Looks like the windshield from a ski challenger. Which I would rather have than that POS !
  • escmanazeescmanaze Posts: 922 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Wowee that boat is hammered. As for a snob in general, I have one and really love it. The front bow has easily fit two adults or 3 kids, so it really does add a ton of space to a top notch slalom wake. I have to imagine the engine being back does make the wake a touch worse, but I still feel like I have a great wake.

    As far as adding ZO to a snob, I tend to agree with aupatking in the fact that you will never get your money out of it. But if you're planning on keeping it for 10 more years, then getting money out of it isn't the point, the point is to make a zo open bow boat with a premier wake that you can afford, and that you would accomplish.
  • gregygregy Posts: 2,590 Mega Baller
    edited August 2015
    Definitely not trying to get my money back. I just want a ZO boat. I figure the next boat will likely be the last. I've see some 07 or later response lxi that I could afford.
  • ForrestGumpForrestGump Posts: 6,286
    That boat in Austin has been sunk before. Guaranteed.
    Shane "Crash" Hill

  • gregygregy Posts: 2,590 Mega Baller
    @Shaneh I was worried of that also.
  • ForrestGumpForrestGump Posts: 6,286
    No doubt. It was most likely sitting in a boat house on the Guadalupe when it flooded, which is why someone stuck a different windshield on it. Plus all the manual switches. After the '98 flood on Mcqueeney, there were any number of boats that looked like that.
    Shane "Crash" Hill

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