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No Slalom Boats at the boat show...

BulldogBulldog Posts: 1,035 Crazy Baller
edited March 2013 in Boat Talk
Hi Guys, I was at our boat show yesterday and none of the "Big Three" had a slalom boat there. It was quite sad really... nothing but 90K+ bathtubs and bling. It is a black mark on our sport when the largest boat show in Western Canada does not have even one slalom boat. End of my sad rant.
Mike Loeffler - "Someone somewhere is having a real problem today...My bad skiing is NOT one of them"


  • MattPMattP Posts: 6,249 Mega Baller
    None in ATL. I ways will say something to each dealer as well.
  • XR6HurricaneXR6Hurricane Posts: 328 Baller
    I live 40 miles away from the Chicago Boat Show and have not been there in years. There is NOTHING there that interests me.

    And six figures for a 20' boat that has a single purpose is a mental illness.
  • crashmancrashman Posts: 722 Crazy Baller
    of the big three at the Indy boat show only slalom boat was the TXI. Usually N3 boatworks brings a 200 but not this year
    slalom addiction triggering irrational behavior
  • ForrestGumpForrestGump Posts: 6,202
    We brought a 200 DD, 200 Sport, and a 197 to our boat show in Houston. Malibu, Centurion and Tige had no ski boats on display. It is what it is.
    Shane "Crash" Hill

  • eleeskieleeski Posts: 3,977 Infinite Pandas
    Who still slaloms? This board may be the last refuge for slalom specialists.
    Join the masses and tube!
  • BulldogBulldog Posts: 1,035 Crazy Baller
    I did mention to all four factories (Mastercraft, Malibu, Nautique, and Centurion) that in Alberta (the richest province and economic engine of Canada) that not bringing a slalom boat was a huge mistake! Most said "we were going to but they all sold and the owners did not want their boats on display" Ya thats not a sales line or anything....
    Mike Loeffler - "Someone somewhere is having a real problem today...My bad skiing is NOT one of them"
  • WishWish Posts: 8,232 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Latest waterski mag had only one advertising photo of a ski boat. Rest of the adds were all wake boats. Centurion went politically correct and just used words and their emblems.
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • aswinter05aswinter05 Posts: 363 Baller
    ditto what @Crashman said. Sad to not see a 200 or 197 at the Indy boat show.
  • ampacdanampacdan Posts: 40 Baller
    There was a 200 and a 197 in Vancouver - The TXi that they were going to show sold - A couple of the people that I talked to mentioned that they thought there was alot more buzz over skiing this year. - must have been the waterskiing dog.
  • ToddLToddL Posts: 2,859 Mega Baller
    None at the Austin, TX show either.
    -- The future of skiing depends upon welcoming novice skiers regardless of age to our sport.
  • Texas6Texas6 Posts: 2,197
    The skiing squirrel still uses an inboard
    Daryn Dean - Lakes of Katy, TX
    ***Robbed out of Hundreds of Panda Worthy Posts***
  • FrankSFrankS Posts: 169 Baller
    The first boat I saw walking into the Milwaukee boat show was an X Star priced at $165,900.
    Swervin'... It's what I do
  • WishWish Posts: 8,232 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Haven't checked lately but that may be worth more then my house. Geeez!!
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • raynrayn Posts: 410 Solid Baller
    I did not go in as I was at another event with my daughter, but in Boston, they have a gallery overlooking the floor. As far as I could see, The Big 3 did bring slalom boats. In fact the Malibu dealer had both a TXi and a Response LX.
    Ray Newmark -
  • JoepruncJoeprunc Posts: 308 Baller
    At the Sacramento show SN had a 200 OB and a 200CB. None of the others had a DD. I asked the Malibu rep if they had a TXI back at their shop, he laughed an gave me some lip about how they haven't had a direct drive at their shop in over 4 years. The only way to see one is to buy it first....I left.
  • kevintcomkevintcom Posts: 13 Baller
    I haven't seen a DD boat at the Salt Lake boat show in years. When I've asked, the answer has usually been that they bring the boats that they sell a lot of. While the DD boats move quickly, they don't move a lot - at least not in our market.

    I did get one response this year that the DD boat had sold just before the show.

    Other than that, there were some smaller V-drive boats, but nothing slalom specific.

    This is also a year-round problem in that it is hard to test drive a DD boat since most are custom ordered and the new owners don't want other people to play with their new toy before they do. So, we pay big money for a boat based solely on recommendations, not actual experience.
  • swc5150swc5150 Posts: 2,490 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Even back in '07 when my brother ordered his 196, he had to buy it without driving one. The funny thing was the salesman was absolutely shocked at how amazing it drove/handled. He actually uttered the words, "and I thought the Super Air 210 handled great".
    Scott Calderwood
  • BRYBRY Posts: 585 Crazy Baller
    Pacific Nautiques had a very nice 200 front and center in thier booth at the Seattle show. I believe it was Seattle Water Sports that had a Carbon Pro. No ski boats in the Mastercraft booth, don't recall on the Malibu if a TXi was there but don't think so.
    I can say from experience that Pacific Nautiques is a great dealer and they are very knowledgable about the 200 (as well as the other Nautiques).
  • Not_The_PugNot_The_Pug Posts: 647 Crazy Baller
    @BRY Pacific Nautiques is a great dealer. There were two 200's (OB & CB) at the Sac show, Superior Boats. Both were Promo boats. I surprised the other dealers don't use the promo boats if they don't have a DD boat at the dealership. I understand room, but a mix of boats is good.

    I will say this, the DD boats next to these huge wakeboard boats makes them look tiny.
  • bogboybogboy Posts: 699 Solid Baller
    I agree that pacific nautiques is a great dealer. They have treated us very well.
  • bogboybogboy Posts: 699 Solid Baller
    @krlee, testing. Blue?
  • bogboybogboy Posts: 699 Solid Baller
    Yay, it worked
  • DrDanDrDan Posts: 4 New Baller
    I am selling my 2008 Malibu Response LXI. It has around 200 hours on it. I have an Illusion tower with speakers, sub, amp, and 4 internal speakers. I've only used it in a course, with very little public lake useage. This boat has been in storeage for over a year. I'm asking $38,000.
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