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Lark
08-18-2007, 03:09 PM
I've been wondering if my wife would like going out to the lake more if we had gotten an X2 (instead of the 197) with more room in the middle of the boat and a smoother ride when the lake's not very calm? We're not hardcore wakeboarders or skiers, just like getting out for the weekend.

Has anyone made this switch and if so, what are the pros and cons?

duckguy
08-18-2007, 03:13 PM
X2 is way better for you!

-rides way smoother in chop
-much, much more storage
-ablilty to take lots more people

PendO
08-18-2007, 03:16 PM
I've been wondering if my wife would like going out to the lake more if we had gotten an X2 (instead of the 197) with more room in the middle of the boat and a smoother ride when the lake's not very calm? We're not hardcore wakeboarders or skiers, just like getting out for the weekend.

Has anyone made this switch and if so, what are the pros and cons?

Pro's ... Happier Wife (the list stops here for those of us who are married)

trade that 197 in yesterday for an X-2

bigmac
08-18-2007, 03:54 PM
I've been wondering if my wife would like going out to the lake more if we had gotten an X2 (instead of the 197) with more room in the middle of the boat and a smoother ride when the lake's not very calm? We're not hardcore wakeboarders or skiers, just like getting out for the weekend.

That statement perfectly describes an X2, as well as good reasons for a person NOT to get a Prostar.

Better yet, consider losing the tower and look at a MariStar 200 (or 215 if you want even more room). You'll save some money and get rid of some garage parking hassles.

bxroads
08-18-2007, 04:33 PM
What would be the best wake in a V drive? I've never slalomed behind a V drive of any sort. Is it a lost cause? I'm not a hardcore skier, there's not even a slalom course near by, just an open water guy. I do appreciate a good wake (currently have a 1997 190).

bigmac
08-18-2007, 04:40 PM
Here's the wake from an X-10 .... 15 off at 32 mph.

bxroads
08-18-2007, 04:51 PM
So is that an endorsement? I'm not good at judging by pics.

bigmac
08-18-2007, 04:59 PM
Yeah, I think it's a great ski wake - for me...but you have to be careful about whose endorsements are important. Ski wakes are pretty subjective.

This has all been covered before, and you'll get opinions on MariStar V-drive ski wakes that range from "great" to "unski-able", depending and the skill and desire of the skier giving you his opinion. I think it's a great wake, but I'm a hack recreational skier and have absolutely ZERO interest in skiing through a slalom course.

JohnE
08-18-2007, 05:02 PM
The 214 has a TON of room compared to the 197. Maybe consider that? The ride won't be any better than in a 197 though. Not as much storage as in an X2 either.

JohnE
08-18-2007, 05:04 PM
Can a V-drive take you through a course? Wake aside, will it track well enough?

bigmac
08-18-2007, 05:20 PM
Can a V-drive take you through a course? Wake aside, will it track well enough?Sure it will. I've had my old 23-foot Century I/O through a ski course on our lake. I've taken out darn few buoys, too...

east tx skier
08-18-2007, 05:54 PM
Do any of the MC vdrives have tracking fins on them?

east tx skier
08-18-2007, 05:55 PM
What would be the best wake in a V drive? I've never slalomed behind a V drive of any sort. Is it a lost cause? I'm not a hardcore skier, there's not even a slalom course near by, just an open water guy. I do appreciate a good wake (currently have a 1997 190).

205V/current X1. It's the old 96-2000 ProStar 205 hull.

AndyGJ
08-18-2007, 06:38 PM
I have the 2002 Prostar 205V and the wake is excellent for slalom skiing. Slight bit better than the Maristar210/X10 wakes. I usually ski at 15 off at 33 or 34 mph depending on wind. I love the boat and would not trade for anything - I have run the course with 9 people on the boat. Even without a tower, the wake boarding at 20 mph is excellent.

PendO
08-18-2007, 07:37 PM
What would be the best wake in a V drive? I've never slalomed behind a V drive of any sort. Is it a lost cause? I'm not a hardcore skier, there's not even a slalom course near by, just an open water guy. I do appreciate a good wake (currently have a 1997 190).

If you are not pulling through the wake then you won't mind a v-drive ... the 214 (well, sounds like it is an okay ski boat if you don't mind the rope hitting the tower legs) ...

ProTour X9
08-18-2007, 07:50 PM
Heck you'll jump the X9's wake if you charge it good enough, but I think an X2 would be the perfect boat for you. An X14 handles the waves very well.

JKTX21
08-18-2007, 08:14 PM
I would say go for an X2 as well. I have a little Prostar that we use about 50% ski and 50% wakeboard.

An X2 would be perfect for me, as I like to just cruise about 20% of the time and if I was a little more serious about wakeboard (and a large payment!). My next boat will probably be a 197 or 205... but I don't have a wife's input yet :)

mccobmd
08-18-2007, 10:30 PM
I have an X1 that is v-drive and definitely tracks well enough, you have to get above 34 MPH before the wake flattens out enough to consider a course.

TheOneandOnly
08-18-2007, 11:56 PM
08 x2 all the way, will accomidate everything your looking to do. Handles choppy water like nothing

Upper Michigan Prostar190
08-19-2007, 11:20 AM
Well Lark, I dont care what you call it, but "recreational user" aint gonna cut no mustard with the cops. if its illegal, its illegal. I tried that "recreational" excuse/explanation/defense once with a hooker charge. that I was only a "recreational user" and the cops didnt buy it. cuffs still went on. Judge didnt buy it either:rolleyes:

dapicatti
08-19-2007, 03:30 PM
We love our 06 X-2. We spend most of our time wakeboarding, but its a great all around boat. We are not serious skiiers, if we were it wouldn't be the right boat. Meets our needs perfectly. Lots of room for family, friends and fun!