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Old    Chqwakeboarder (chqwakeboarder)      Join Date: May 2006       07-17-2007, 12:10 PM Reply   
I was reading the thread about the 25LSV for sale and ended reading leo lasecki's comment that smaller boats are more fun to wakeboard behind. I personally agree with him, but i was wondering your take on it. If someone offered you a free boat and you had chose between a big boat (X80, X45, 24LSV, 236, ect..) or a smaller boat (X1, 210, VLX, ect...)what would you choose and why?
BTW The point of the thread is to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of owning a larger or a smaller boat. Please don't let this turn into a Company X vs. Company Y thread.
Old    Ian Brown (wakereviews)      Join Date: Sep 2006       07-17-2007, 12:36 PM Reply   
i'd take the x80 and sell it... :-) lame answer, i know.
Old    kal schultz (kal_dude)      Join Date: Apr 2006       07-17-2007, 12:39 PM Reply   
they make the X-star that size for a reason!! it depends on what you are going to use the boat for the majority of the time??!
Old    Face Planter (mastercraft1995)      Join Date: Nov 2002       07-17-2007, 12:39 PM Reply   
I'm with onlyinboards and the x-80. If you want to give me something I want the most expensive thing I can have for free.
Old    Patrick (jetskiprosx)      Join Date: Aug 2004       07-17-2007, 12:40 PM Reply   
I would take the Malibu 247...I would just have to either find more friends or buy more fat sacks
Old    Chqwakeboarder (chqwakeboarder)      Join Date: May 2006       07-17-2007, 12:42 PM Reply   
Sorry, the boat that you get, you can't sell.
Old    Ryan Duckworth (ryand121)      Join Date: Feb 2007       07-17-2007, 1:08 PM Reply   
I would choose an X-Star. At just over 22', that would be my ideal size wake boat. I just recently sold my '05 X-2, and although the wake was awesome, I wish I had a little more room in it and wish it handled the chop a little better. I rode behind a 24' Malibu (247 I think), and although the wake was nice, it just seemed like a small ship out on the water, like it would be a difficult boat on the private lake I ride on. Oh, and not being brand biased, just answering your question in my best opinion.
Old    Jon (jon4pres)      Join Date: May 2004       07-17-2007, 1:13 PM Reply   
I really have no need for a large boat. I would take a smaller one because they are easier on gas, take less weight,and handle better.

I never go out with more than 6 people and can not see the advantage of having a large boat for the people I go out with.
Old    Paul (psudy)      Join Date: Dec 2003       07-17-2007, 1:41 PM Reply   
X80 STS for me please.
Old    Micheal Howard (michealhoward)      Join Date: May 2007       07-17-2007, 1:48 PM Reply   
ENZO SV240 for me. I have to have a awesome surf wake.
Old    Kevin R Baugh (krbaugh)      Join Date: Mar 2002       07-17-2007, 3:04 PM Reply   
I got an 07 Enzo 216 it is a foot longer and almost a foot wider than my Cyclone and weighs 1000 pounds more. With the 330 hp scorpion engine it is slower on the top end by a mile or 2 and slower out of the hull. So you will burn more gas while you are boarding and while you are towing the boat. That would apply to any brand of boat
Old    Larry Howard (longgonebon)      Join Date: Jan 2007       07-17-2007, 3:13 PM Reply   
If I was single.. the bigger boat. Married though so I'll take the smaller one.
Old    Kevin (deltaboy)      Join Date: Jan 2007       07-17-2007, 3:57 PM Reply   
I'd take the smaller one like the one I have (Wakecraft) because I dont always board. I ski, board, surf and at 21 feet we can have plenty of friends or family (12) and all wakes above average for their respective water sport. Also easier to manage, tow, gas, insurance etc.
Old    Nick Tomsyck (sidekicknicholas)      Join Date: Mar 2007       07-17-2007, 6:20 PM Reply   
Something made to wakeboard would be my choice, today those boats are still huge...
X-star/SAN 220/Epic Wakeboard -- those would be my choice(s)
Old    Ian Brown (wakereviews)      Join Date: Sep 2006       07-17-2007, 8:16 PM Reply   
Larry, haha!!! that is the most spot on response on this post... i'll double that!
Old    Bill, Calaman (calaman)      Join Date: Apr 2007       07-17-2007, 8:22 PM Reply   
I agree with Kevin - small is better and the small boats have the room anyway - at least most of them do. A 23 foot supreme sits 12, a centurion 22 avalanche seats 10, while my 21 seats 13. If it's free, I'll take the x80, only because I need a cruiser or a monster wakesurf boat, otherwise I'll be on the shorter boat.
Old    AtTheLake (bmartin)      Join Date: Jan 2007       07-18-2007, 6:24 AM Reply   
I would opt for the 21-22 foot boats. Easier to handle, easier wakes to 'build' and shape, less thirsty on the petro. I almost never feel cramped on the smaller wakeboats and riding with 8 or more other wakeboarders doesn't appeal to me.
Old    C.I.E. J-Rod (jarrod)      Join Date: May 2003       07-18-2007, 7:20 AM Reply   
"I would opt for the 21-22 foot boats. Easier to handle, easier wakes to 'build' and shape, less thirsty on the petro."

After owning a 23LSV for my first boat, this was my theory too. My second boat was an 05 X2 (X1). I found the above to be true, however, when the bigger boats are loaded down with a little more weight, the wake is far more user friendly and meatier. The small boat wakes are more sensitive to weight, wind, rollers, current, etc..
Old     brian (fuzzball)      Join Date: Aug 2006       07-18-2007, 8:15 PM Reply   
Don't forget to look and see what sitting in your driveway as well. That X-80 will look great sitting in front of your house if you don't have or can't afford something to pull it with...although it might be worth the payment to pick up that nice big diesel.
Old     (shredhead)      Join Date: Jun 2003       07-19-2007, 9:47 AM Reply   
Small boats cost less to feed and maintain. I have a strong crew of dawn patrollers. If we have more than five, were using two boats anyhow.
Old    WakesetterLSV (closedtoe)      Join Date: Jan 2007       07-19-2007, 9:52 AM Reply   
would get a boat in the 22-23' foot range that has a narrower beam(96-98 inches).
1) still can have lots of people on the boat
2) Narrower wakeboard wake which means a longer rope length and a more user friendly wake at 60'.
3)Less weight to sink it.

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