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By brian (gainsb) on Sunday, February 15, 2009 - 4:31 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
my dad bought a lakehouse in CT....

so my brother and I are going to buy a towboat. we are complete noobies to the sport. I am having trouble finding info on buying a boat and what to look for etc. we basically can spend 25k max. so if anyone can point me in the right direction it would be much appreciated.

By Luke the Drifter (tl_hereford) on Sunday, February 15, 2009 - 4:37 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
Wakeboard , surf, ski?? Family? Depends on what your needs are.
By "G" (grant_west) on Sunday, February 15, 2009 - 5:09 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
Mastercraft 300
By lowend (lowend) on Sunday, February 15, 2009 - 5:33 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
^^^^ hahaha
By Aaron D (aarond0083) on Sunday, February 15, 2009 - 5:51 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
For 25K I'd look at Nautique Super Sports or early Super Airs and first era MasterCraft X-Stars.

Assuming you are going to mostly be wakeboarding, those are two of the best hulls in the history of the sport. You'd be happy with either.

Welcome to WW.

By Jack Hinkes (jackeh) on Sunday, February 15, 2009 - 6:40 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
1999-2002 mastercraft xstar.

1998-2002 nautique super sport/ super air nautique.

1998-2003 malibu wakesetter/ sunsetter.

those would be my choices.

By Gerald B. (ncboarderboy) on Sunday, February 15, 2009 - 6:44 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
2002-2004 supra ssv
By Art (rallyart) on Sunday, February 15, 2009 - 8:03 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
If you have 25k max then make sure you spend a few thousand less than that. You are likely to want some ballast bags, cruise control, tower, racks or stereo. Test drive any boat you are interested in and see if you can get rides in other boats to give you more understanding. Get the driveline checked by a marine mechanic in case there is a major problem.
Look at the condition of the floor and stringers that support the driveline. Things like faded paint can be brought back with some polishing but it's nice if it's already shiny.

You'll get lots of good advice on this site but you will notice that everyone likes there own boat. (well, of course, why else would they have it)

By Aaron Ware (99_slaunch) on Sunday, February 15, 2009 - 9:14 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
^^^ Good advice from Art. Ask to see any kind of maintenance records. There are a lot of clean boats out there for good prices. Don't get in a rush.
By Zach Roberson (zach2orjack) on Monday, February 16, 2009 - 7:29 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
For a little more you can get a boat that is ready to take out. If I were you I would find a way to make it at least 30k$ and find a used Supra, CC, or Bu. If you can't look into used Sangers or Moombas. You can probably find one with everything you need to get started already on it for 25k.
By Norco_Boarder (bill_sloan) on Tuesday, February 17, 2009 - 5:23 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
It's really good time to buy.
By Ryan Reeves (afwakepilot13) on Tuesday, February 17, 2009 - 6:51 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
2nd Jack's recommendations, don't be afraid of direct drive sunsetters/sport nautiques/MC Prostar 205s, they have great wakes with a little weight, and cost a little less, also they're great options if you are concerned w/skiing. If you have the $ and mostly wakeboard, any of the 3 Jack said are awesome, and like the others said, it's a great time to buy.
By Nacho (denverd1) on Tuesday, February 17, 2009 - 12:18 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
Sanger Vdrives fit into that budget all day long.

And a Bu VLX can be had for close to that

By Kevin (pri3st) on Tuesday, February 17, 2009 - 12:24 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
By WakeMikey (wakemikey) on Tuesday, February 17, 2009 - 3:21 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
If you are n00bs do you really need a $25k boat?
By AtTheLake (bmartin) on Tuesday, February 17, 2009 - 6:00 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
Not necessarily in your area or still for sale, but these are the kind of boats I would be thinking about. Some will like one over another, but I have been behind models with these same hulls and all will make good wakes.

By brian (gainsb) on Wednesday, February 18, 2009 - 10:01 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
Thanks so much for the input! I really appreciate it. There is a boat show here in Boston which I will check out tomorrow, just get more familiar with the different ski/wake boat manufacturers.

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