It's been demo-mania up here in Portland... In the last month I've demo'd the SA450, VLX w/ Surf Gate, and G25. So much fun!!
I was thinking about the SA450 today and realized I hadn't shared any thoughts. So hopefully you won't mind if I do so here...
Overall, I liked the boat so much more in person than in the pics. It's really quite stunning. I have read many people say that it looks too much like the MXZ (another sick boat I'd like to try), but if you see the boat in person, you wouldn't think that anymore. It has unique lines and depth that don't necessarily show up in pictures.
Here's a list of things that I noticed specifically:
450hp motor was a beast!
Power raise and lower driver seat
Driver cup holder is the perfect height (not down on the floor, not up at the windshield)
Tower goes up and down so easily with ONE person
Bimini goes up and down so easily with ONE person
450hp motor is a rocket!
Deep space under helm for drivers feet/gear
HUGE bow (my kids would love it)
Cool hinged seats cushions and tall seat bases
Plug-N-Play ballast makes for better surf wave
Rear facing seat back behind driver that opens up for more storage (really loved this)
Rear facing seat back on port side that reveals cup holders underneath
Seadeck step on bow
Love the two level sun deck so much more than just a little cut out seat
Wake was clean all the way down to 17mph
surprising for such a big, heavy boat
Cool billet gills on the side of the bow
Almost forgot to mention
the 450hp motor is a real hot rod!
Finally, I only surfed the boat... didn't have time to wakeboard. I really liked it. With just stock ballast (hard tank + plug'n'play) the wake was nice and long with good push. This pic sucks, but it's all I have from the demo. I was definitely able to surf further back on the SA than I'm used to.