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Old    Brad Lowe (BeeTL)      Join Date: Jul 2011       07-21-2011, 9:22 PM Reply   
I used to post regularly here a few years back, and I used to own a 2002 Malibu VLX with MLS, Wedge, and about 600 lbs. of lead. I ride regular, and the surf wake was awesome!

Circumstances have changed, the VLX is long gone, and a newer boat is not in the cards.

What older hulls take weight well and throw a predictable surf wake for a regular-footed surfer?

Thanks!

Here's a local possibility:

http://www.boattrader.com/listing/19...tique-98660638

Here's a pic of the old VLX for nostalgia's sake:


Last edited by BeeTL; 07-21-2011 at 9:31 PM.
Old    Brett Yates (polarbill)      Join Date: Jun 2003       07-21-2011, 9:50 PM Reply   
Older Supra Sunsport/Marauder are the only boats I can think of. Everything else in that price range has too little freeboard to get much weight it. I guess you could also try to find a saltare. The other thing you could try and is a Century. they made some higher freeboard, deep vee vdrive and direct drives back in the 80's. The older barefoot nautique had a really deep V in the late 80's but not sure it has enough freeboard to get much weight in.
Old    Brian (BWB745)      Join Date: Jun 2010       07-22-2011, 6:54 AM Reply   
Its hard, but possible to find a Nautique Excel around 10K. That would be your best bet but as I said, they don't stay on the market long.
Old    Wotan (wotan)      Join Date: Jul 2008       07-22-2011, 8:00 AM Reply   
Supra Saltare or SunSport. If you find one with solid stringers (or composite stringers) you'll be fine. They surf great.
Old    Duffy Mahoney (duffymahoney)      Join Date: Sep 2008       07-22-2011, 8:34 AM Reply   
Fish Nautique's! Sweet older deep v's. Or like they said sun sports. Stay away from rot. You can also find some great deals on tige 21v..
Old    Mike K (mike2001)      Join Date: Feb 2008       07-22-2011, 9:10 AM Reply   
Get a ski nautique 2001, get the right prop, figure out where to put all the weight you'll need and drive carefully when loaded down.

Otherwise, it depends on your mechanical skills. I checked out a 98 vlx during my boat search that I could have gotten for $15k but all the obvious and not so obvious problems scared me off. You might be able to find a newer boat, but expect it to have some issues.
Old    derek durkin (derek23)      Join Date: Oct 2006       07-22-2011, 10:09 AM Reply   
If you are willing to go to NH and the stringers are in good shape this could be a great deal.

http://nh.craigslist.org/boa/2454351451.html
Old    Lake Effect Supply (lakeeffect)      Join Date: Jul 2007       08-17-2011, 8:11 AM Reply   
I have to agree with the Supra Sunsport comments!

Attached image was behind my 1986 Sunsport. I can't remember for sure but we usually had a 500 lb sac on the surf side, a bunch of people in the boat and 800 lbs up front in the playpen.

This video is all behind the boat too. Threw a pretty nice wakeboarding wake with the weight above plus 500 lbs on the other side.

In 2006, I found this boat for $6,000, added a monster tower and a stereo and we were set.

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http://youtu.be/JQp7wdQfX3U

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