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vegarvegar Posts: 13
edited June 2012 in Boat Talk
So.. We got a small waterski/wakeboard club. About 120 members. No one competes in high level tournaments. The problem: we can only afford 1 boat and got 50/50 water skiers/wakeboarders.. Today the water skiers are pretty happy since we got a 2010 ski nautique 200 closed bow. But wakeboarders dont jump of joy (haha?) so can it be done? I there a boat for us out there and which do you recommend? Price is also high priority.. Any thoughts are welcome.


  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 5,962 Mega Baller
    A Mastercraft X7 might do the trick. It is basically a PS 197 with a tower and ballast built in. It won't have the same wake as a true wakeboard boat but if the wakeboarders aren't tournament level wakeboarders it should do fine and the ski wakes are good. They tend to be pricey though.

    The Malibu Response LXI with a wedge and a tower would be a good combo boat also. They tend to be a little less expensive than the MC.
    Mark Shaffer
  • The_MSThe_MS Posts: 5,270 Mega Baller
    Crossovers are just that, a cross over. They are not great at anything. Not good to ski behind and not good to board behind. Get 2 boats.
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  • HortonHorton Posts: 27,871 Administrator
    Shoot the wake boarders

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  • vegarvegar Posts: 13
    @MS i know. But as stated it's not possible. And I'm all for it @Horton. It's a pretty easy target when moving so slow as they do.

    @Chef23 we are looking into the Malibu. Anyone with experience from the Sport Nautique 200? Rumors say its the only crossover that actually can be used in higher level slalom competitions?
  • vegarvegar Posts: 13
    edited June 2012
    Double post..
  • KillerKiller Posts: 396 ★★★★Quad Panda Award Recipient ★★★★
    Stay away from any vdrive for the skiers sake.. Im sure the sport 200 is a decent ski boat but its still a vdrive!

    X7 would make the wakeboarders happier and imo simply because its marketed as a wake boat, yet still a 3 event ski boat.
  • bdoughertybdougherty Posts: 86 Baller
    I skied a sport nautique 200 last year in the slalom course. It is not a competition ski boat. It is probably a good compromise for a dad who wants to ski recreationally with kids who like to wakeboard on public waters. The wake is wide and pretty hard compared to what is out there. My opinion only. Speed was 34 and 36 15 off and 22 off did not go any shorter.
  • gregygregy Posts: 2,583 Mega Baller
    The newer lxi Malibu response. I ski behind one some. It has a nice slalom wake. Drop the wedge down it has pretty big wake. I've been told the newer ones have a little bigger wake than older one.
  • HortonHorton Posts: 27,871 Administrator
    are any of the boarder chicks hot?

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  • E_TE_T Posts: 616 extraterrestrial trouble maker
    What about a MasterCraft 214 or 214v
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  • jipster43jipster43 Posts: 1,428 Crazy Baller
    I haven't wakeboarded in years, but I've been told the new wakeboard boats throw such a big wake that it has become intimidating for most kids. I think the X7 or the TXi would be the best bet for everyone - including the majority of wakeboarders. I ski behind a TXi and I will confirm Scot's take on it. It rocks! I'm at the dreaded 22' off and I never think about the wake.
  • LazLaz Posts: 331 Solid Baller
    You can get a Moomba Outback and an Outback V for the price of the MastercCraft 214 or 214V
  • thagerthager Posts: 4,591 Mega Baller
    Malibu LXI with wedge and tower is my vote. Stay away from Nautique 211.
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  • GKGK Posts: 138 Baller
    Malibu TXi or LXi with a wedge and tower. Come up with an easy option (such as a fat seat) to put extra weight in the boat for the boarders and everyone should be happy.
    Greg Kuenning - Cincinnati, OH
  • bhsbhs Posts: 280 Baller
    What does the Correct Craft 206 ski like?
  • BulldogBulldog Posts: 1,010 Crazy Baller
    DO NOT GET A V-drive!! I have a Malibu with a wedge and when it is down the wake is huge! I have even been able to surf it. It is truly the best of both worlds great slalom wakes and good enough boarder wakes (for most except maybe the high level knuckle dragers!)
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  • buechsrbuechsr Posts: 42 Baller
    While many Vdrives are completely "unslalomable" A sunscape VTX or wakesetter VTX on the diamond hull is acceptable. I used to routinely ski a 2004 sunscape LSV which is a foot longer and heavier than the vtx and ran it into 32. Was not ideal obviously but the VTX skis even better. If the mix is right in terms of wakeboarders and skiers, I wouldn't write it completely off.
  • skinutskinut Posts: 411 Baller
    I skied the 200 v last year. I skied into 35 at 34 mph. Wakes were very skiable but not same quality as a tournament specific boat. The biggest downside was the drivability. If your pulling skiers through a course you will struggle to keep the boat in a straight line.
  • ForrestGumpForrestGump Posts: 6,061
    The 200v needs about 40-50 pounds added to the bow, then it's tracking and wake are much better. I drove a skier through 39 1/2 off with it and it was fine. Without the tower of course. He said it felt about like a MC197. For me, at 22 off the wake firmness was about equal to a MC197. But that's a lot harder than our 200OB. Everything is a trade off. At 32 off it seemed fine to me.
    Shane "Crash" Hill

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