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-   -   Malibu vs Mastercraft vs Correct craft (http://www.wakeworld.com/forum/showthread.php?t=182340)

bspurr13 07-30-2004 4:46 PM

Hello all, Great board here! I have learned quite a lot already, but still need a bit of help. I am looking for my 1st “real” boat (I have an old Tahiti w/ a Merc OB currently) and have narrowed my choices down to about 3 – but am still open to suggestions. My main purpose will be wakeboarding with friends and two kids, maybe a bit of skiing, but not much if any. <BR> <BR>I hear some of the larger lakes that I plan on going to get a bit rough when the wind kicks up, so would also like something that can handle the chop (I guess no true ski/wakeboard boat really handles anything too rough very well). <BR> <BR>Here are my choices, and please correct any misinformation – My budget is up to 20 k cash. <BR> <BR>Malibu: Sunsetter 1995 and up – I understand that it has the same hull as the current wakesetter (sv23) and comes as LX (DD) and VLX (VD). <BR> <BR>Correct Craft: Sport Nautique, 1993 – 97 – Same hull as the SAN <BR> <BR>Mastercraft: Prostar 205 – 1992 - 1997 Same hull as original X-star, but then I read that the 97 and up 205 had the same hull as the modern X-2???. <BR> <BR>What do you all think? Which is a better choice? (I know that is a VERY subjective question). It seems to me that they would all suite my needs, but if one stands out from the others, please let me know what you think – also, let me know if I have overlooked any good makes and models. <BR> <BR>Thanks, <BR>Brett <BR>

grampawakerider 07-30-2004 5:57 PM

Is this gonna be one of THOSE threads?

wakeeater 07-30-2004 6:07 PM

all have a really nice wake no wrong choice in my view. sunsetters are rampy with a nice kick natis are kick and naroow and 205s are kinda kicky and rampy. all are great u'll love which ever you get in the end from my boat i would go malibu because thats wat i have now and wat most my friends have

mhayes 07-30-2004 6:47 PM

I thought that the X-2 and the original X-Star were the same boat? Is this correct?

ktmwakeboarder 07-30-2004 6:59 PM

I have the 1997 MC X-Star and it is the same hull as the ProStar 205. I'm not sure how much hull difference there is later on with the X-stars, I think it went unchanged for a while (maybe someone with a newer X can fill in...) It is the direct drive, before they all went to the v-drive configuration. I enjoy it, and with ~2k lbs plus 6-8 people, it is insane and often swamps other boats that are chillin off to the sides. V-drives are very nice, however, and provide lots of room and much more open feeling. <BR> <BR>soundz like you have a good idea of what you want, and it seems like you won't go wrong with any of those. good luck <BR> <BR>haha and yes, i'm sure this whole thread is gonna get messy and bloody.

jetpilot313 07-30-2004 7:42 PM

205 xstar and x2 hull were all the same till 2003 when the new x star came out

prostar205v 07-30-2004 8:15 PM

205 and Xstar were D-drives in 97 and 98. 99-2005 xstars are v-drive. 99 and 2000 205's are d-drive.

whitevlx 07-31-2004 8:49 PM

my choice would be the bu or the CC.

dholio 07-31-2004 11:47 PM

The sport is not the same hull as the super air. You would want to look for the super sport so that it is a vdrive. If you want some help, look at the ratings at <a href="http://www.jdpowers.com" target="_blank">www.jdpowers.com</a> The results come from actual owners of the boats

joe_788 08-01-2004 7:13 AM

I have an X2, and it is definitely not a "big lake" boat. It will beat you to death! An X10 or Maristar 210 would be much better for that application. <BR> <BR>

rvh3 08-01-2004 7:48 AM

Brett, <BR> I was shopping for a Super Sport last year and keeping an eye on the Sports also. Unless you come across a great deal, I don't think you'll get into one for 20K. They are more in the 22-28K range. Good Luck....

bspurr13 08-01-2004 8:22 AM

Thanks for all the responses - Great info. I am going to look at a 1995 205 w/ the corvette engine tomorrow, low hrs and at a good price... does anyone know what the HP was with the vette engine? Thanks again to everyone that replied. <BR> <BR>Brett <BR>

rvh3 08-01-2004 8:39 AM

Brett, <BR> I gave you bad info. on the Sports. I was just looking on Boattrader.com and you could get into a Sport for 20K. This one stuck out to me. <a href="http://adcache.boattraderonline.com/6/7/1/74242271.htm" target="_blank">http://adcache.boattraderonline.com/6/7/1/74242271.htm</a> <BR> Install tower and PP and you are set around 20K.

levi 08-01-2004 9:46 AM

That Sport above looks like it is in great shape! but still price too high probably. They did change them a bit a year or 2 after this one though. I think in 93 they quit using wood stringers and I believe in 94 they went back to the non molded in swim platform. I have a 1990 Sport and it throws a really nice wake w/ weight...but my boat was humbled when I rode behind a 2005 VLX a couple weeks back..holy moly!


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