"I disagree with the wider beam is better."
There are advantages and disadvantages. I prefer some wide beam boats over narrow.
Narrow beam = easy to slam down with less weight to produce the most wake per pound. Narrow beam boats typically produce a steeper, more vertical wake. They're typically more efficient and are more nimble with handling. Down side.... as mentioned above, wake is more sensitive to poeple moving around, and things like wind and current.
Too much weight and your wake can get tall, thin, and start to roll over.
Wide Beam = capable of producing a much better quality wake (ins most cases) but requires more weight, gas, engine to do it. The Xstar for example delivers the long transition AND the lip at the top for that snap you want. Less sensitive to weight movement and placement. The wake is always good, even in wind and current on the river. Bigger boats typically drive more sluggish, but I have to say, our slammed xstar out handles our older X2/X1 hull hand down, with more weight.
(Message edited by jarrod on May 08, 2008)