Harold, I am not sure I agree with blanket statements like that. Just because a boat is a direct drive doesn't mean that it will have a worse wake than any boat with a vdrive. The vdrive does nothing other than move the weight to the back(which you can recreate in a direct drive) and the normal vdrive config gives you lots of storage to hide bags.
Todd, I don't have any experience with that boat but I would take an educated guess that a Nautique 2001 or an old sunsport would have better wakeboarding wakes. That boat doesn't even look to have the extra storage area's. Also I am not sure if it is that exact boat but one of those ran aground in front of the lake house I was living in a couiple years ago. He cut the only corner you can't cut on Sammamish and beached the boat in probably a foot of water. Not sure how bad it damaged the boat or if it even did damage it. It is a sand bar and fairly soft.
There has been a 1993 Hydrodyne closed bow that has been on craigslist in Seattle lately. Nick Tomsyck from wakeworld use to have one and said it has a great wake. The boat looks mint as well. I'll see if I can find it. http://seattle.craigslist.org/see/boa/1598988682.html
(Message edited by polarbill on February 18, 2010)