Alright folks, let's look at the two beautiful boats below as examples. One is nautique, one is malibu. http://www.ski-it-again.com/php/skiitagain.php?endless=summer&topic=Search&category=Comp_Boat&postid=34208http://www.ski-it-again.com/php/skiitagain.php?endless=summer&topic=Search&category=Promo_Boat&postid=34446
Notice the Malibu tower doesn't go much if at all past the windshield, and therefore, will not impede shortline skiing. Now notice the Nautique tower way back there where it seems like the rope would start to hit it as early as what? 32 off?
Now I don't plan on skiing shortline any time soon - I'm just not good enough. But if I'm keeping in mind nothing but resale, I have to realize that I have just eliminated every single shortline skier from my list of potential buyers when I do go to sell this boat in a few years.
Tower haters, don't bother here, some of us simply must have a tower and we aren't going to compromise. You aren't going to talk us out of getting a tower. With that being said, how is it that Nautique is going to market saying "you can either have a tower, or you can ski shortline, but not both."? Malibu clearly gets it. Nautique clearly doesn't. Is there something I'm missing?
This is sensitive to me because I have owned an older nautique now for 3 years and I LOVE it. Every time I drive my boat, ski behind my boat, or even look at my boat, it just makes me love the name nautique more and more. However, looking forward to the future of what my next boat will be, it seems that Nautique has pulled themselves right out of the running, because I'm not willing to try to resell a 200 at the same time eliminating from my group of potential buyers, anybody who thinks they might ever even try 32 off. Now my buyer pool looks like "people who care about skiing so much that they still buy an inboard instead of a small v-drive, but also people who aren't very good at skiing, probably will never be, and probably will never take any guests who are very good at skiing." I understand that I am in that group, but that group has to be just teeny tiny right? There is no way this Nautique with the tower will hold its resale value right?
Am I crazy? What am I missing?