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TripleThreat 07-06-2013 09:56 AM

205 vs 209 - In the Market
I'm in the market for a 205 or a 209.

Primary use will be as a family fun boat with a mix of recreational skiing, wakeboarding and tubing. Will most likely never see the course.

Looking for a boat that will accommodate 8 people (4 of which would most likely be kids 13 or younger).

Interested in opinions of owners between the two in terms of functionality for a family and learning more about the differences in wake quality.

A V drive would likely be a better seating arrangement, but they come at a premium and are harder to find.


wheelerd 07-06-2013 08:24 PM

I just upgraded to an 05 X2 (205V hull) last fall. Most everyone here will tell you that it is one of the best do-it-all hulls MC ever made. Awesome wake for boarding, even when not sacked out, can be made surfable with additional ballast, and not a bad slalom wake for open water free skiing. You're right, the 205 might carry a $$ premium over the 209, but look at it from the resale angle also. Also, the 205V will have much more family-friendly space than the DD 209. Sooner or later (maybe already!) your kids will also be wanting to bring their friends.

46Chief 07-06-2013 10:26 PM

There is a real nice 209 for sale in the classifieds, It seems underpriced to me.

My overall impression of the 209 is it is smooth, drives very nice, and handles the chop well.

I can't compare to a 205, and yes extra money spent on a vdrive is extra money on resale.

zsqure 07-06-2013 10:57 PM

This is only my opinion, but I prefer a direct drive over a v drive because it allows the occupants to spread out within the confines of the boat. With that being said, a 205 will have a better ski wake than a 209, but the 209 has a lot more room in the boat compared to the 205. If you have never had a 190 or any of its derivatives, then you won't miss anything in the wake department. If you go the 209 route, choose 2003 and up as their hull has a hook on the rear which the first couple model years did not. Gel can be buffed out as a DIY project, interiors can be reupholstered for 2500 -3500, engines can be rebuilt for 3 grand or so. And actually the premium boat these days is the 197/x7, (a 190 hull with a place to stuff the kids).
And like Chief said, check out the 209 for sale here the price is right.:D

TripleThreat 07-07-2013 12:37 AM

Thanks guys...

I appreciate the insight... I actually prefer the performance characteristics of the direct drive over the V drive, and with a tower, the direct drive is not that bad. Spreading out has its advantages...

I've spoken with the owner of the 209 and have set up a tentative appointment to take a look at it.

I'm also looking at a low hour, local 205 DD tomorrow, but it doesn't have a tower and it is a couple of years older.

We'll see... hopefully by the end of the next week I'll have made a decision and will be heading to the water...

93Prostar190 07-07-2013 09:46 AM

214 is the way to go .... But good luck, the 209 is very nice!

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