Evan, I agree with almost everything you say. I will add this... starting in or near 2000 wake boats started being what everyuone wanted and boat manufactures just kept raising and raising the price. They would add $500 of new features and raise the price $1500... all while cutting maufcating costs and making a mint. They did it because the market could support it. Now, there is no going back, the price is not going back down on new boats. the time to buy WAS the last 18 months. Now that all the new, but prev year boats are gone, we are all stuck paying top dollar. NEW boat ownership is now researved for top dollar earners. Boat manufactures have decided to make their money from the few people that can actually buy boats. They have laid off and cut back wherever possible to meet the 30% of sales from a few years ago AND still make their money. Bottom line is the new boat purchaser is getting screwed for what is actually buying vs. what he bought 5 or 10 years ago.