Mike, any relation to Tom Hellwig (Skylon owner?)
Zak, I've got a '99 Response LX, and it is indeed a great boat. I use the wedge, 300lbs in the trunk, 2 Fat Boys (500lbs. each, 1 on each side of the motor box) and about 150lbs under the dash. I've got one of the origional Skylon Tuna Towers (my boat was the prototype), and it works really well.
With the way I have it weighted, it puts up an awesome wake. I'll be putting it up for sale this year and looking for either a VLX or SAN. I only have 2 reasons for this, with all the weight in it, it tends to be a little tight cockpit wise, and the waterline is a little high (I've taken my share of rollers over the bow, none really threatening, though, I worry about the amps). Again, the wake is not a consideration in this decision.
Enjoy your new boat!