Like others have mentioned I would look for a MB 23 TWB. There is no way I would pick a 5+ year old abused boat over a new or year or 2 old MB even if the MB is 10K more. The 23 MB will have as much interior room if not more than the X45 or the 23LSV. The X45 has a lot more in the bow though. The MB will throw a better surf and wakeboard wake stock than the X45 with moderate additional ballast. The MB wil throw a better stock surf wake than the Malibu and will throw a comparable wakeboard wake to the Malibu 23lsv. The MB will have the most freeboard and a better rough water ride than either of those other boats. Also, the MB may never need additional ballast to it's under the floor ballast unless your really get into surfing. The X45 will for both surfing and wakeboarding. The Malibu will need extra to even start a surf wake. I really can't see how any sane person would pick a 5 year old big 3 boat over a brand new MB for similar prices. It doesnt' make sense.
Oh, your buddy that ski's might want to pick something different but if he is used to skiing behind your 23' searay I can't imagine it is that much worse. I recently had a friend who's family replaced a 19 or 20' I/O that they skied a lot behind with an MB 21 tomcat. They don't even attempt skiing anymore it sounds like. The MB is a horrible, horrible ski boat. IT is above average at everything else.
Last edited by polarbill; 10-24-2012 at 10:40 AM.