My friend got a house on a lake last year and we started wakeboarding behing the jet boat that he bought. We thought that was great until we got a chance to ride behind a real wakeboard boat, a Supra, and he's been looking to upgrade to a wakeboard boat all summer. It's the end of the season and he's got it narrowed down to these 3 boats.
We went and looked at this boat today. We took it out for a ride and he got to wakeboard behind it. The power was awesome on this boat! It was throwing out a big wake, but not as big as the Supra we have been getting to go out on. That's not much of a concern, we called "wakemakers" and they said they have an awesome plug and play setup for this boat for around $700 that works really well. He had some concerns about the "hybrid" feature that allows the boat to go from a ski boat to a wakeboard boat. We didn't know if that could detract form how well of a wakeboard boat it would be, because we are not interested in skiing. We did get the boat to make a cool wakesurfing wave interestingly enough by putting the boat in "ski" mode. We definitely will be trying surfing so that was a plus. The boat was really clean and well taken care of, it really did look brand new, there was not a scratch on it. In early talks it looks like he can get that boat for around $33,000.
We are going to look at and drive this boat on Friday. Initial concerns were that this boat is bigger and has a smaller engine than the Nautique, so a little bit worried that it could be underpowered. The good thing researching this boat is that seems to be one of the favorites for surfing, so that's cool. It has similar features to the nautique, but research has gotten me to think that Correct Craft may make the better boat. The fit and finish on the Nautique was evideent for sure. The fact that this boat is 2 years newer is a plus though. We're really excited to go see this boat!! After talking to the guy through email and the phone this past week, he seems to think he can get this boat for around $28K, so there would be some saving there and the boat is newer.
He almost bought this boat and had some second thoughts because there is just not much info out there on this. We've read up on the history of the boat, company, etc and it's just really hard to get a gauge on it. He'd have to hop on a plane to go see this one too, we live in NH and the boat is in Florida. He is really sold on this one, but the guy with the Supra is telling him not to get the "unknown" boat. This boat is considerably cheaper than the others, he can get this for $21,500 which definitely sounds alot better to him and his budget, but he would have to drop 1500 or so to get it up to NH so that brings it to around $23K. It seems as though most people who have not seen, driven, or rode behind the boat talk down about it, but people who own it or have wakeboarded behind it really like it. We really want to know if this boat is a total dog, or could it be real hidden gem at 5-10K less than the other 2 boats.
So that's where, we are at. Any suggestions, thoughts, help, thoughts on other possible boats, etc, would be SO appreciated. We are rookies to this sport but we caught the fever, and he is ready to pull the trigger on a boat!!
Thank You for reading my post, and I look forward to your thoughts.
PS- If there is anybody in the New Englad area who owns a Session, he would love to come see it, talk to you on the phone, email, etc. Thanks Again