Long time lurker here, but I don't post much.
My main question: is there much of a difference in how they feel to a slalom skier?
Quick background and reason for the question: On a good day I get deep into 28 off or a few at 32 off. Been at 34 mph but spending more time at 32 mph recently. So not a shortline skier by any means, but always trying to improve. Currently I have a 1989 Prostar, 351 w/ GT40 heads, 1:1 trans, classic PP with slalom switch. A very good ski boat, but looking to upgrade for more space. I ski a lot behind a friend's 1996 Nautique 176, same engine and reduction trans, classic PP w/switch. My absolute favorite boat to ski behind, but even smaller than mine. My wife's cousin has a 1999 Response LX, no speed control, just free ski. I have a friend with a 2000 Response LX with classic PP that I get in the course once a year. Great boats to ski behind as well.
I'm mainly looking at 1999+ Response LX (also considering PS 197's). They RLX has got everything I need and nothing I don't and are starting to become affordable. I found a good deal on one on onlyinboards, at Tommy's of Detroit, and they have another one there as well. The odd thing is one of them has EFI and the other one has a carb. I was pretty sure Malibu had gone EFI by then in the Responses, but maybe not. I believe the Echelons may have had carbs, but this one is a Response, as it has a trunk (decals were replaced). I don't mind having a carb from a maintenance standpoint, but I wonder if the EFI would be better from a course skiing perspective, as far as engine/throttle response. No matter what boat I get I will be getting PP SG, and maybe Zbox as I struggle a bit when skiing tournaments as that is the only time I see Zero Off. I plan to post this on themalibucrew.com to see what they think as well. My guess is PP classic would be fine with carbs, but thinking SG is maybe better suited to EFI?
Appreciate any thoughts.