View Full Version : Which boat to buy?

10-06-2007, 01:30 PM
We are looking to update/upgrade to a newer boat. I am not up-to-date on the changes in hulls / powertrain in the newer models. We are trying to choose between a 2002 197 TT and a 2005 197. The hours per year are similar. I know there have to be some differences but are they worth the added cost of a newer model.


10-06-2007, 01:40 PM
The hulls on the boats are the same, but the vinyl is different in the boats.

I would go with the 2005......

10-06-2007, 04:30 PM
2002 197 TT will have throttle cable

2005 197 will have DBW (drive by wire) [if it is MCX or LQ9 it is DBW, I am not sure about the 310??]

Its the same hull, so it would matter to me:
1. Engine
2. Tranny
3. Single / Doube Axle trailer

for the exact same boat I would probably want 4-8K discount on the older boat

10-06-2007, 05:03 PM
It really depends on the price of each boat. If they are similar in price, I would go with the 2005 because it is newer. Age may help resale down the road as well

Prostar in Michigain
10-06-2007, 05:21 PM
2005 is what id go with

03 35th Anniversary
10-06-2007, 05:26 PM
POST PICTURES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is like buying something off the Icecream truck, you can't decide without PICTURES!!!!!!!!!!!

10-06-2007, 05:49 PM
Have you been through East Texas Skiers boat buying guide? Generally by the time you go through this you figure out which boat is the better deal.


10-06-2007, 06:20 PM
The hulls on the boats are the same

I may be wrong, but I thought 2005 = hooked hull and 2002 = no hook.

10-06-2007, 07:58 PM
I may be wrong, but I thought 2005 = hooked hull and 2002 = no hook.

2002 TT's had the hook, while the regular 2002 190/197's (consumer ediiton) did not ... allegedly

10-06-2007, 09:33 PM
I'd go with the 2005...It'll be worth it in the end

Just out of curiousity, what lake are you on?