Originally Posted by ac88926
Thanks man, I feel like it is the perfect boat and we are blessed to be able to have it. I was very lucky to find my 2000 vlx at an absolute steal and doubled my money when I sold it ( a once in a lifetime deal) . If not for this, I wouldnt have been able to afford this boat and be able to design it to what we wanted. I was between a new A22 and a 09-12' VLX. In the end, I went with the A22 because of a few reasons that arent necessarily in any specific order:
1. The wake. I have ridden behind a loaded A22 and it was insane. Cant beat the wake for the price of the boat.
2. I got to completely design it the way I wanted it. I am very anal about things and it's usually the little things that bug the sh*t out of me. When spending that kind of $, I wanted it to be exactly what I wanted. Again, very lucky to be able to do this.
3. The simplicity of the A22. I like the fact that it has toggle switches. What may be a deal breaker for some was a deal maker for me. If something happens to go wrong, its very easy to figure out. Especially for the dealer. I like the idea of malivue, but have read and heard a lot of negative reviews on it too. Im sure some have had no problems with it but for me, I like simple. Plus the price it costs to replace a faulty malivue is unreal.
4. Our lake is full of VLX's, LSV's, and MXZ's. I like being different.
Very cool. For me when I get into a future boat, there are certain things I want to get and might be more flexible on things that are realistic to add or change down the road.
Obviously, I want to someday make that step from having one of the better Direct drive wakeboats to having a V-drive. That's just a given.
I've really enjoyed having a playpen bow and LOVE the idea of the wraparound front seating that goes into the bow with two flip up backrests. I've seen a few manufacturers that do this. But not a ton. I personally don't like a walkthrough bow. So there's a handful of Supras and Moombas that I've seen with this configuration and I was wow'd when I saw that Axis had it.
Since the Bow is my wife's favorite place, the picklefork just makes sense. Why not add real estate to the bow when it doesn't really come with a downside (aside from some people on the looks, but I'm cool with it).
Surf system. Well, with fabrication and creativity a surf system can be added to most anything. But it'd be nice if it was there.
Rear skybox seat. I just love this idea and the fact that Axis leveraged it in a simple, yet effective way.
Value. Sure, I've ridden behind a loaded $180k G25 coastal edition. Did it kick ass? of course. Does it cost 2/3 as much as my house? Yep. Would I ever spend that kind of money on a boat? probably not unless I came into come stupid money.
Sadly, it's going to be a long time before I can afford an Axis, but it's certainly stepped up to the top of my "realistic dream boat list". My problem is that I have 'recreation A.D.D.' and I spread out my "toys" instead of just getting one super expensive toy. Yeah, if I were to sell my rock crawling Jeep, my sportbike, my camping trailer, my Audi S6, and my BMW M3 and put all my fun into the boat I could get a new Axis. But I'm not willing to do that when my boat spent over 6 months being winterized and my current boat does provide a ton of fun for the limited amount of money I have into it...
But it's sure fun as hell to dream and share the stoke of others. :D