I have a 9 year old starting to ski the mini course around 26 to 28 mph and is rocking it pretty good. The thing is, I am pulling him with a 16’ Crestliner with a 45 hp tiller. With that boat, it is wide open and the wake is compairible to a grown up behind a ski boat (not a factor at all). When I pull him with the ski boat at full legnth or 15 off 28 mph the wake is huge for him. We ski behind a ‘96 ProStar 190. I love the boat but for him it’s like hitting a wakeboard wake. I’m pretty sure I know the answer about what wake is best but wanted to hear what options I have. Looking around the $20k mark. And imagine it will be hard to beat a Nautique 196. I really like Malibu’s but have not had many chances to ski behind them. How is the slow speed wake on the early 2000’s Response.