No more Waterski Boats??

UCFskierUCFskier Posts: 186 Baller
edited May 3 in Boat Talk
it is becoming obvious the major boat companies are moving away from waterskiing and more to Water sport luzary boats. wake board, wake surf, tubing, swimming.
Do you see a time when there will be no more manufacturing of waterski boats??
malibu has decreased production as have mastercraft and correct craft...

thoughts?
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  • HortonHorton Posts: 32,941 Administrator
    MasterCraft is making ProStars as fast as they can. It is not their biggest product by a long shot but I do not think they have decreased production. Supply chain has impacted deliveries.

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  • swc5150swc5150 Posts: 2,639 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    I suppose it's possible, but not likely anytime soon. After all, Nautique has 2 world-class ski boats in their lineup. I've been hearing about the "demise" of the ski boat since the late 90's too, so that is swaying my opinion as well.

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  • ralral Posts: 2,034 Mega Baller
    There is and will (almost for sure) be a market for waterski boats. If one of the big manufacturers decides not to make them anymore, the rest will pick up.

    Barriers to entry are fairly low also.

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  • UCFskierUCFskier Posts: 186 Baller
    @ral
    i was sort of thinking the same.... would defunct companies come back to produce boats? would smaller companies try to fill the void? I do not believe this is tryly a supply issue rather a shift in demand. Malibu no longer has Will (still on of the best in the world) as an ambasator which sort of shows their committment to the sport
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  • HortonHorton Posts: 32,941 Administrator
    k wait. I heard some rumblings about this but did Malibu officially let Asher go?

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  • BroussardBroussard Posts: 870 Mega Baller
    @Horton He is no longer listed on the athlete page of their website for what that's worth.

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  • SethroSethro Posts: 367 Crazy Baller
    Malibu and MasterCraft are both publicly traded companies. I’m glad they are still building the direct drive, but in reality when the board of directors sees that every build slot is full, and they make more on a wake boat, it does make one speculate that they could pull the string someday chasing profits.
  • DWDW Posts: 2,576 Mega Baller
    As ambassadors of the sport, BOS addicts could do their best to promote 3 event and maybe spark some ski boat interest to their circle of non skier people. Hands down, the most effective group to do it if we have a fear of losing new options. It does seem as though the TXI is hanging on by a thread, at least the Malibu Open is still happening.
  • lpskierlpskier Posts: 3,977 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    They could do what Nautique did and increase factory space and thus facilitate significantly increased production. I’m told that Nautique bought a facility across the street from and larger than their current factory.
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  • BroussardBroussard Posts: 870 Mega Baller
    @Sethro While that theory is correct in the short run, if the companies believe this increase in demand will be a long term increase it would be wise to make capital investments to increase production capacity in order to meet increased demand.

    @lpskier That is correct. Correct Craft purchased a facility near near the current Nautique plant in order to increase production capacity. I believe the facility was previously a window factory.
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  • HortonHorton Posts: 32,941 Administrator
    Nautique may have increased their overall capacity but all of my spies tell me that they're building very few ski boats.

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  • MastercrafterMastercrafter Posts: 506 Mega Baller
    I'm told from a reputable MC dealer that Prostar production went from 300/year to under 200 .. not sure if there was a limiting factor (supply issue?) or if they just decided to focus on barges, but either way, it's not helping ski boat supply.
  • UCFskierUCFskier Posts: 186 Baller
    if you look at the trend of luxary companies, they do not tend to increase production rather ride the wave of increased demand. this has product sold out for the years in advance with ppl on waitinglists. this also allows them to increase price without losing the consumer.

    @Horton with regards to asher.... someone mentioned he did not have a decal on his ski so I went over to the site and hes not on there.... replaced by wakeboarders and surfers.
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  • LoopSkiLoopSki Posts: 1,020 Mega Baller
    I am shocked that the current pricing model is sustainable. Market has spoken and apparently there are alot more people willing and able to spend hundreds of thousands to do some wake surfing. It blows my mind. I wouldn’t be surprised if Malibu was the first one to drop the ski boat.
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  • ShellShell Posts: 294 Crazy Baller
    @2Valve would love to know how that turns out? lol
  • UCFskierUCFskier Posts: 186 Baller
    edited May 4
    @Shell I agree... I live on a chain of 3 lakes near a national and provincial forest/park. For years the RM has been trying to ban boats, but more recently wake boats. the thing is the ppl with wake boats tend to be high earners who pay high property taxes.... Im actually glad they have not banned them (I dont own one) as I get stoked just seeing ppl enjoying the water
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  • 2Valve2Valve Posts: 509 Crazy Baller
    @Shell Exactly
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  • UCFskierUCFskier Posts: 186 Baller
    edited May 4
    I see there are alot of likes for the @2Valve comment but be carefule what your stoked on. if they can ban wake boats they can ban all boats..... this has been the discussion at the RM meetings for a few years now
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  • ShellShell Posts: 294 Crazy Baller
    @UCFskier not sure how you can actually ban boats from a lake? Or from homeowners on a current private lake so to say. Would never happen on a public lake,(I doubt anyways) maybe on a private lake, but it would be tough to implement after many years of not having it in place. Some private lakes won’t even let guest boats or even if you want to test a boat out for the day, you always have that one neighbor who calls and turns them in even tho the guy testing the boat is doing no harm and following all the rules. So glad I don’t live on a private lake and have to deal with all the “old” folks wanting it their way. The lake I live on may be public but we never get many drop ins causing problems, I guess I am lucky:)
  • Stevie BoyStevie Boy Posts: 2,414 ★★★★Quad Panda Award Recipient ★★★★
    Somebody, some where, would fill the gap, if there was nobody producing, just need something with zero off to pull you down the lake, there are quite a few extras that you do not need.
    Must be a mould kicking around for the carbon pro.

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  • 2Valve2Valve Posts: 509 Crazy Baller
    edited May 4
    @UCFskier Some of the "old folks" on our lake put this on the ballot for next month's meeting.
    Our ski club has a good relationship with all the boarders/surfers on our 'All Sports' lake, and most of the homeowners have voiced that if they can ban "x", they'll eventually come after "y".
    I don't see this passing.......
  • ShellShell Posts: 294 Crazy Baller
    @2Valve then you should be “ok” in knocking that off the ballot from all the “old folks”, as you have lots of support?
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  • swc5150swc5150 Posts: 2,639 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    About 11 years ago, the association on the little lake we lived on (100acre) banned wake boats...at least from making giant wakes. You could idle around in one, but that was it. Fast forward a decade and that's still the only type of boat with restrictions there. I still agree if they can come for one, they can come for all FWIW, but there is a clear difference on the havoc those boats create on smaller waterways.

    And agreed, someone would be sure to fill the ski void if they all quit building them. If one of the big 3 dropped ski boats, that would likely make the other 2 quite happy.

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  • AliAli Posts: 296 Solid Baller
    easy way to "ban" the wake boats is boat length, always say bigger boat have more weight and bigger wakes in any discussion, Propose limit to 22 feet for example.
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  • HortonHorton Posts: 32,941 Administrator
    @ali 20

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  • ISP6ballISP6ball Posts: 271 Crazy Baller
    They'll just start building wake barges that are 20 feet long.....
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  • 6balls6balls Posts: 6,200 Mega Baller
    @ISP6ball they do at 20ft, but they don’t have the space and massive wakes that the bigger barges do. Go big or go home say the surfers.
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  • SethroSethro Posts: 367 Crazy Baller
    @Broussard hopefully, if that scenario came to light they wouldn't just use the increased production capacity to build yet even more wakeboats...my understanding is they sell as many as they can make. What we don't know is would they sell as many wake boats as they could make without taking some of the build slots away for the direct drive.
  • LeonLLeonL Posts: 2,834 Crazy Baller
    @Sethro I would imagine that even with increased production capacity, they would focus on the product that renders the greatest profit margin. Just business.

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