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JustAnewbJustAnewb Posts: 14 Baller
edited September 2020 in Boat Talk
Hello, I have been lurking for a while and will finally be joining the rest of the ballers at the end of the week. We currently have a ‘19 Nautique gs22 but will be the proud owners of a new to us ‘08 SN196 w/ 343. I am driving to pick it up this weekend. We will also be joining 1 of the private lakes around us (Boise, ID). My goal is to learn how to drive and ski the course and share that with my wife and 2 teenage sons. I have owned numerous inboards but this will be our first DD. I am trying to go into this adventure with the mindset of being brand new. So here come the newb questions.
1. Is there an online source for learning how to drive the course and etiquette for private lakes? I have been to Broadside a few times when doing demos with the Nautique dealer but not to actually ski or drive the course.
2. Does anyone have contacts for someone local to us that we could hire to instruct us on skiing and driving?
3. The boat is coming from a similar altitude 2900’ but we will be using it at our cabin on some weekends 5000’ ele. It looks like the acme 422 is a prop I should be looking into if it is not already installed?
4. Are there any upgrades or secrets I should know about this boat?

Thank you for any replies and help.


  • ClydesdaleClydesdale Posts: 213 Solid Baller
    No answers to your questions but welcome to the addiction. GS22 is a great ride but second boat for slalom is the way to go!
  • jpattigrjpattigr Posts: 247 Crazy Baller
    After joining our local club years ago, I found the best way to learn was to hang at the club and ask the other members. The long time members were awesome on helping. I would suggest joining the club and then start hanging out and asking for help, everyone was a Newb at one time!
  • HMan66HMan66 Posts: 66 Baller
    I joined a club this year and the regular members pretty much insisted that they teach me how to drive the lake and the course. It’s paramount for everyone’s safety and enjoyment. Driving the course takes a lot of time and practice to be proficient. Private facilities and their members are pretty dilligent with how things go, so make sure to take everything as an opportunity to learn!
  • jjackkrashjjackkrash Posts: 865 Crazy Baller
    edited September 2020
    Here's a basic good-boat driving intro by Joel Howley.

  • JustAnewbJustAnewb Posts: 14 Baller
    Thank you for the replies so far. @jjackkrash I have watched a couple of Joel's videos but had not seen this one. Thank you! I think I really just need to get our boat and get on the water. Only a few more weeks left here and then the dreaded winter sets in.
    I am hoping someone can help me with a question I have. Does anyone know what brand of trailer this is? More importantly does anyone know the width? The sellers wife had to go in for surgery today and he is unavailable. Also, I assume you guys and gals like pics as much as I do. So here is my new tug

  • harrison_343harrison_343 Posts: 20 Baller
    your gonna have heaps of fun!
  • Jerry44Jerry44 Posts: 66 Baller
    Nice boat!
  • rockdogrockdog Posts: 640 Crazy Baller
    Where/how did you find the boat?
  • escmanazeescmanaze Posts: 880 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Welcome!! Great to have you join us. You're starting into it with a great boat!! I'm down in SLC, so I won't be of much use on the Boise specific issues. But I can assure you that if you approach the vets in your club with the same attitude shown here, they will be happy to teach you and then some. You'll get more than you even bargained for.
  • JustAnewbJustAnewb Posts: 14 Baller
    @rockdog i have been watching every source for a 196. I found this one listed on FB marketplace in MT. I definitely paid a premium but I missed out on two other low hour boats and wasn’t going to let this one slip away as well. The boat has 260 hours on it. The owners used it at their vacation home and then the caretaker would drain all the fluids and winterize it.
  • klindyklindy Posts: 2,616 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    @JustAnewb PM sent.
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  • rockdogrockdog Posts: 640 Crazy Baller
    Wow @JustAnewb 260 hours is very low on one of these. It looks very nice. I have one myself but not a Limited like this one.
  • mike_mapplemike_mapple Posts: 176 Water Ski Industry Professional
    Congrats on the new boat! One of my favorite ones out there, and IMO the best color scheme!
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  • JustAnewbJustAnewb Posts: 14 Baller
    edited September 2020
    Back on the hunt. After driving 10 hours we found the boat to be completely misrepresented. Vinyl has issues, gel coat has issues. Buyers beware

    After a lot of driving and some sleep, I am slightly less salty than yesterday. The drive was absolutely amazing, the wife and I really enjoyed spending the last two days with our teen boys and no cell service for most of it. That alone was worth the diesel and time. We will definitely be going back to the Flathead Lake/Whitefish Lake area of Montana.

    The boat was absolutely filthy when the sellers representative showed up at the ramp. The seller lives in Canada but has a vacation home on Whitefish lake MT. His caretaker is who listed the boat and who I dealt with for the entire time. As soon as I was within ten feet my heart sank. Oxidization all over, chips and scuffs especially on port side. It would need all new decals after a good wet sand and waxing. Interior had 4 cuts to the vinyl and numerous stains. The most worrisome item to me was that the prop shaft was not centered in the thru-hull. It was pretty obvious that the owners used it very hard and didn't do any maintenance or cleaning. I offered below low book and of course they declined. Oh well, back to the thrill of the hunt.

  • tjs1295tjs1295 Posts: 88 Baller
    Oh man, that really stinks. Good luck with the hunt. I got my 2007 with almost the exact same colors two years ago. It had 120 hours on it.
  • JustAnewbJustAnewb Posts: 14 Baller
    I have 2 boats that I am considering. Both are 7 hours from me.

    2000 with under 200 hours - $18,500

    2005 with 660 hours on Zero Off conversion (still waiting to see how many hours before conversion) new interior. $25,500
  • JustAnewbJustAnewb Posts: 14 Baller
    Just want to update this thread. I ended up buying the 05 w/ ZO conversion last weekend. Boat was as advertised and ran great. Sadly I am now working out of town and the weather will be blah when I get home. Hoping for 1 more week or weekend of warm weather to ski a couple times and then she is going to get some work done. Typical 15 year old boat stuff. New steering cable, good cleaning of the bottom hull, removing the subwoofer, etc. Thank you to all the responded and reached out to me. I haven’t had a chance to talk to the private lakes yet but that will happen and starting next spring my boys and I are going to make it a goal to ski at least 3 days a week.
  • DSPDSP Posts: 67 Baller
    I’m answering your question while trying not to pay attention to the latest political debate. So thanks for the distraction. Talk to Deb at Broadside about driving there. She’s awesome and will get you and your drivers going in the right direction. Tim Gilbert and his wife and son are all fantastic over at Gilbert Lake. Zero off will keep you married. Horton recently reviewed a new gadget that helps drivers review their path. Look into it and have fun! It’s the greatest family sport in the world.
  • MISkierMISkier Posts: 3,155 Mega Baller
    Awesome boat. Should be great.
    The worst slalom equipment I own is between my ears.
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