I've narrowed my search down to three boats that I think can fit my family and friends. We have 5 total in my family with wife and three kids 6mos, 3, and 6. We would normally have friends or other family with us with an average of 9 people. My budget was 30k but when i started looking most boats I found were ridden pretty hard and put away. Also, i noticed a lot of boats cannot put out a clean wake at 16-18 for kids and 19-20 for my wife. I ride at 23-25 so not too many issues for me. We also wakesurf so we want a nice wake for that. Wiith having a baby I want a boat that will ride smooth and handle rougher water, a deep freeboard is important too.
The three boats are:
2006 Tige 24 ve - tons of space and storage, great gas efficiency, TAPS, I like the walk through for the kids, from what i've read it rides and handles amazing for a 24ft boat. Downside is it does not have ballast but I'd probably just add sacs and pumps anyways, this is also the most expensive at $34k wtih 112 hours.
2005 Calabria Pro-V - I have not read anything negative but the sub floor ballast would be nice, I also hear they are huge inside and the fit and finish to great. Not sure of the hours yet but at $27k it's a lot cheaper than the Tige.
2004 MB B52 V23 - I hear the stock ballast is junk so I'd most likely be replacing pumps anyways. I've not ridden behind a V23 but I did a V21 and it took A LOT of weight and higher speeds to get it to clean up. The surf wake was nice but anything less than 23 MPH was all white wash. I hear the V23's are much nicer but i'm worried about the wake.
Is the Tige worth the extra money? and does anyone know how the wake is for kids?