View Full Version : 209 Vs 205v

03-31-2008, 07:30 PM
The saga continues....
I am still looking for a new to me boat. I am really interested in the 209s due to the wider beam and ability to take the family out with room. However, I am still curious about the 205v. How does it ride in chop (we will be on a lake that can get a bit choppy on weekends)? How does it ski, I dont need a boat for the course, just one with a decent open water wake to keep me limber :)

How is the 205 for family? I know it is a bit narrower than the 209.



03-31-2008, 07:54 PM
Not sure if a 209 rides any better, but the 205 is pretty horrible in chop IMO, but so are most ski boats. It skis and wakeboards as good or better than any other choice with that much space for the family. So overall I'd say the 205V is an adequate family boat, but a great multisport boat.

03-31-2008, 08:16 PM
My 209 rides great in chop. I was used to an inboard when I wanted to upgrade to an open bow 5 years ago, I like how you get little bow rise compared to the the 205V. To me the 205v operated more like an I/O stern drive. As far as room, it will depend on the amount of people in the boat - the surround seating in the 205v fills up fast with 10 people on board, but so does the 209!
Good luck with your decision - I of course am biased and love the what my 209 can do as far as being able to do it all - slalom, wakeboard and barefoot.

03-31-2008, 08:21 PM
I had a '04 X9 and loved it ... great riding boat and there is a ton of room. The X9 is one of the best boats MC has made and you'll love it

03-31-2008, 08:26 PM
I got my 209 last season and feel it handles the chop pretty well. I've never ridden in a large I/O for comparision purposes, but I think you would be very happy with the 209 from a ride, performance and overall versatility.

03-31-2008, 09:33 PM
That is a great looking 209 Kbryant.
I am test driving one on Wednesday. I have not driven/ridden in one yet.

04-01-2008, 10:19 PM
Let us know how the test drive goes. I thought I was set to go for a 205v hull, but found it didn't ski as well as many have expressed, the 209 is ideal for all of my wants & needs and is now in the top 2 for my next boat.

04-01-2008, 10:42 PM
I will let you know. I am planning to take a run behind it as well. First ski of the season so who knows how it will go. I just want to check the wakes out. I run at 15off 28-30mph, but just want the 209 for decent free skiing runs.

04-02-2008, 07:36 PM
Drove the 209 today in the Mississippi River. Air temp was about 51 degrees, water temp much cooler and there was pretty good chop.

I ran at 15off 30mph in some glass we found behind an island (very sheltered from the wind). The boat was very strong out of the hole (driver did not hammer it). The wake, while bigger than I am used to, was fairly soft and did not seem to be a huge issue for me. I was more concerned with the many sticks etc in the water. While not a 197 wake, it seemed perfectly suitable for open water fun.
With the 330 LTR we topped out at 41.7 mph per my gps. Not sure if I could expect more out of it or not. It did have a 4 blade prop, not sure of specifics.

Once out of the glass we headed back in the channel into the wind and the chop. While not a deep v ride, it did fine. It was bumpy but not rattle your teeth bumpy and the MC felt very solid.

All in all, I enjoyed my first ride/drive with the 209. I may make an offer on this one, or a 2002.

PM me if you have more questions.