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Calling all 200 Owners

aswinter05aswinter05 Posts: 363 Baller
Just had some quick questions for those of you with 200's. I tried this same post on Planet Nautique but unfortunately, 99% of the users on that site must own wakeboard boats.

We're wanting to purchase a high quality cover that includes a full skirt over the platform, etc. Are there any ballers that are in the industry or that know of someone who makes some great covers for Nautiques? Figured I would support ballers first instead of random web searching.

I'm pretty sure our 200 came with the standard prop for 2011 - 1068? It's in the storage barn right now or I could confirm. I know the standard tournament props for 2013 are the 422, 654, and 1868. I've heard these help with the higher RPM issue and possibly even make the wake better for skiing? Has anyone skied behind the different props? Could you provide an opinion on which prop you believe is best suited for the 200?

Obviously taking care of the boat is going to be a huge priority for us. Has anyone found success with a certain vinyl cleaner that's great with Nautique's "newer" vinyl material? Actually any cleaning product recommendations would be helpful.

And one last thing for now... I've heard of people purchasing carpet overlays for their 200's to conserve the existing carpet. Have any of you bought an overlay? If so, how much did it cost and where did you purchase it from?



  • ForrestGumpForrestGump Posts: 6,202
    Get an acme 654 prop. It's the best of the 3. Turns about 350rpm less than the 1868.
    Shane "Crash" Hill

  • aswinter05aswinter05 Posts: 363 Baller
    excellent advice. BOS > PN
  • MattPMattP Posts: 6,249 Mega Baller
    @aswinter05 Did you ever question BOS's power?
  • aswinter05aswinter05 Posts: 363 Baller
    @MattP , psshh, never
  • GregDavisGregDavis Posts: 278 Solid Baller
    A great place for covers is 810-623-6798 or 800-345-3670 I have had 4 new 200's and Mike has made covers for all of them. I couldn't be happier. Waterline, sumbrella. Love the fit, the quality, the service and the price is fair. He made covers for all my Nautiques from 1996 to present ( holly cow 18 years ). Call ask for Mike.
  • aswinter05aswinter05 Posts: 363 Baller with an "s". I actually purchased the cover for my MasterCraft through him last year. Absolutely great cover. I've thought about using him again. He made me a black cover with a pinstripe down the middle. The sunbrella material was top notch.
  • DougDoug Posts: 46 Baller
    Call Bob Benz 916-638-3382 for the carpet drop in
  • Skoot1123Skoot1123 Posts: 2,048 Mega Baller
    @gregdavis - will give a look. Need a cover for my boat too. Gotta love the BOS!!
  • John BrooksJohn Brooks Posts: 366 Crazy Baller
    I have been really happy with as well, agree with the comments above.
  • aswinter05aswinter05 Posts: 363 Baller
    Sounds like I'm going to go with skiboatcovers again. Last cover I ordered he had made (with custom pin stripe) and shipped to my door in less than 2 weeks.
  • Jody_SealJody_Seal Posts: 3,238 Mega Baller
    I have had three 200's, each one had the Commercial sewing OEM covers. With the skeleton in place they fit very tight and they also come with a external platform cover that fits like a glove.

    OJ 428 will work nicely on the boat. other wise a 422 or 654 ACME.
    Hobby Boats can be expensive when the hobbyist is limited on their own skill and expertise.

  • swc5150swc5150 Posts: 2,490 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    I second Jody's advice. The factory cover is awesome. We historically went with Rankin and/or Coversports FWIW.
    Scott Calderwood
  • ForrestGumpForrestGump Posts: 6,202
    I've pulled our 200's at 90mph with the factory cover on. Muey Bueno.
    Shane "Crash" Hill

  • aswinter05aswinter05 Posts: 363 Baller
    hmmm. I'm thinking my used 200 didn't come with the factory cover unfortunately. The cover that came with ours is gray and it doesn't look like a "trailerable" cover. It's fairly thick (that's what she said) and just doesn't strike me as factory made.

    I definitely want one that covers the sides and chines, etc. The boat will primarily be stored outdoors on the trailer next to our club lake.
  • Jody_SealJody_Seal Posts: 3,238 Mega Baller

    Yea! Ford Lightning and tandem axle under boat! 90? think again!
    Great cover even as slow as 90!
    Hobby Boats can be expensive when the hobbyist is limited on their own skill and expertise.

  • GregDavisGregDavis Posts: 278 Solid Baller
    I had a factory cover, ????? they are OK however, in my opinion is a much better value, and I love the waterline cover.
  • aswinter05aswinter05 Posts: 363 Baller
    @Jody_Seal , NO WAY! A Lightning????? I haven't seen one of those beasts on a while! Sick truck brother.

    And yeah, my 200 definitely didn't come with the factory cover. That looks exactly like the ones Mastercraft produces from the factory.
  • LZywicki1LZywicki1 Posts: 368 Crazy Baller 4 covers over the last 20 years without a problem.
    First thing we get rid of the safety equipment
  • east tx skiereast tx skier Posts: 598 Solid Baller
    edited March 2013
    If you want a trailerable cover, I'm a fan of Coversports. You could probably get him to make a detachable skirt and platform cover. I have nothing but good things to say about ours. Different boat, but you get the idea.


    I have a phone number for Brent somewhere. He tried having a website for a while, but I guess it was too much for him.
    Perpetual Longline Baller and curvy ski boat owner.
    My real name is in my profile.

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