Hey dreamin - DD - great for SKI, BF and maintenance and repair - OK for for wake - not good for surf.
On the V-drive - I'd shoot for a vortec 5.7 for the added HP and weight in the back of the boat and when you weigh it down for wake and surf. Maintenance not as easy - but you get an open feeling to the interior of boat. Toss in a tower and there is a bunch of space.
just my .02 - I am a DD forever.. I believe...
...A bad day water skiing still beats a good day at work...1995 Pro Star 205....