Howdy, Stranger!

It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!

12" White Stickers
BallOfSpray $5 Donation
BallOfSpray $10 Donation

2017 Best slalom V-drive

escmanazeescmanaze Posts: 757 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
So Model year 2017 is officially upon us. Malibu messed up their VTX hull last year. Nautique discontinued the Sport 200, so now we are left with the new 20 VTX vs. the GS20 vs. the XT20. Which one is the best for slalom? Anybody got any time behind them or any video evidence of one being better than another?


  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 5,989 Mega Baller
    There are sport 200s around. I was looking at Boat trader the other day and saw some.
    Mark Shaffer
  • escmanazeescmanaze Posts: 757 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Oh I understand that's probably the case, I'm more just wondering as we look toward the future which brand would seem to have the leg up.
  • slowslow Posts: 373 Solid Baller
    The gs20 is suprisingly skiable at 32 off 34mph. Don't know about the others
  • Kdinger838Kdinger838 Posts: 57 Baller
    If you're considering a 20 foot vdrive, give the tigé r20 or RZR a look. (Same hull different bells and whistles)
  • bigskieridahobigskieridaho Posts: 939 Crazy Baller
    Just like I told my buddy that was looking for a boat. A V drive is a V drive and a slalom boat is a slalom boat. He ended up with a SN200. We surf and wakeskate behind our DD and it is great. If a crossover is what you are after I would go a Sport 200.
  • 6balls6balls Posts: 5,329 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    If I needed a V I'd sure be looking for a used Sport 200.
    Dave Ross--die cancer die
  • Jody_SealJody_Seal Posts: 2,901 Mega Baller

    Slalom V-drive!
    Hobby Boats can be expensive when the hobbyist is limited on their own skill and expertise.

  • escmanazeescmanaze Posts: 757 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    @scotchipman My understanding is that before 2016 you could order it with the wake hull or the slalom hull and after 2016 you can only order it with the wake hull, so the slalom suffered. However, that is a very astute observation about the weight. I would have to imagine even with a wake hull, it starts with a large advantage to be 1,000 pounds lighter.
  • escmanazeescmanaze Posts: 757 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    @bigskieridaho you are definitely one of the few who is surfing behind a DD. What is your setup?
  • bigskieridahobigskieridaho Posts: 939 Crazy Baller
    @escmanaze on my old boat it was a 350lb bag across the back, 250 up front, and a homemade surfgate. My new boat has a wedge so once I set that up I can let you know.
  • melligmellig Posts: 49 Baller
    2017 VTX did chance considerably and not even in our boat rotation anymore. The wake is much bigger and in my opinion not skiable. If you utilize the optional center mount pylon the tower now gets in the way of the rope at any length shorter than 15 off.

    A buddy upgraded from a 2014 VTX that was very skiable at 28 - 32 off and now it is exclusively in the surf boat rotation only!
  • melligmellig Posts: 49 Baller
    edited April 2017
    removing dup
  • MattPMattP Posts: 6,096 Mega Baller
    All the boat companies weight their boats differently if memory serves me right. @E_T
Sign In or Register to comment.