|I saw a great deal on a Ski Centurion Wave boat, but I wasn't sure about the performance or quality of it. I am in the market for a used wakeboarding boat, but have a limited budget of only $12000 from the wife. Any input on this boat or others for that price range would be greatly appreciated. |
|My advice, get a new wife.....just kidding. |
$12,000 for a wakeboard boat....well that might depend on what you consider a wakeboard boat.
I would doubt that a V drive could be had for that amount so I would focus on a direct drive.
Malibu has made some great direct drives that I have riden behind that with a tower and some ballast worked out pretty well.
The one I remember the best was a 95. Sorry I don't remember which model but it did have an open bow.
He sold it earlier this summer for about $12K and got a new VLX.
|I agree, $12,000 for a boat really sucks, but we are fixing to have another baby so that's all I get right now. If I had my way, I'd go buy the 2004 B-52. I rode behind one this summer and it has a monster wake. I have heard that the older Nautique 2001 was pretty good. I have only been boarding for 2 years so I'm not that good yet. But right now I'm using my parents boat that has about a 9" tall wake, so anything will be better. I have seen a couple of Ski Centurion V-drives for about $15,000. Any advise would be great.|
|2001 Nautiques are good wakeboard boats. You may be able to find a early 90's Pro-Star 205 or Malibu Sunsetter that would be outstanding boats within your price-range (or very close). I personally think older Centurions will be money whores that you really dont want or need the headache from. It'll be a challenge to find a great boat at the 12K limit you have but if you get creative with your search I think you'll have something you can be proud to own and ride behind. Good luck.|
|We started our search in the ~95 Sunsetter range. Spent a lot of time behind that boat back in the day. D-drive with a 320 hp small block. Fat seat ready, and built pretty well. Think I saw those hanging around the $15K range. If I hadn't caught the Toyota bug, we'd have ended up spending far less on the older Malibu. |
Even if you found a bone stock one, you'd be pretty well off. At least then you could get the tower you want and have it installed correctly.
|Thanks for the advise, I appreciate it. I thought the Centurions looked too good to be true. I learned to ride behind a sunsetter and I like it. Would you say a Malibu Sunsetter or a MAstercraft Pro Star is better?|
|I have also seen some good deals on a few Mastercraft Tristars. Are they any good?|
|I also found a 1997 Moomba Outback with tower, speakers, and fat sacks for $12,900. Good deal? decent wake?|
|Stay away from Moomba pre 99.|
|Thanks Cliff, i don't know much about the history of boats since I just got into the sport. I appreciate it.|