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Old 09-06-2018, 07:25 AM
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I went from an 88 ProStar to the X-14 DD and yeah the wake isn't as unbelievable as that, but it hasn't hurt my skiing. With over 100 more horsepower in the 14, it's still not as nimble, but I've never felt like it didn't have more than what I needed for what we do. No doubt if I had room I'd have a larger cruising boat and my old 190 but where the family is today this boat is perfect. I don't think you can go wrong, especially given your situation.
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Old 09-06-2018, 10:36 AM
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I have an ‘08 214 and absolutely love it. I previously owned a ‘98 205. The ski wake is still extremely nice above 32 mph. We regularly have 8 people on the boat and there is plenty of room for everyone. Also, the massive swim platform rocks.


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Old 09-06-2018, 12:55 PM
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Go straight to the 214/X-14. Went from an '88 PS190 to a PS209, hated it for the ski wake, nice big DD boat that will swallow a lot of stuff. Picked up an X-14 DD, much better boat wake wise. The best choice if you want to stay with a newer MC DD and mostly slalom ski. A 214 skier with a tower (without hard tanks) is more difficult to find, if you don't need or want the hard tanks in the x-series boat, as far as i know, you can only cut them out, they aren't made to be removed unless the hull is split. When empty they are holding air, when they are gone the spaces will be full of extra weight (gear).
214/X-14 has a low freeboard, like the 197.
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Old 09-06-2018, 08:18 PM
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I thought about cutting out the hard tanks in my X14. We rarely filled them. But I kept them intact mostly for resale.
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Old 09-06-2018, 08:58 PM
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I thought about cutting out the hard tanks in my X14. We rarely filled them. But I kept them intact mostly for resale.


Another option is to cut them out and replace them with plumbed in soft bags.
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Old 09-07-2018, 08:34 AM
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Another option is to cut them out and replace them with plumbed in soft bags.
Agreed, I considered that, too. But really, the X14 had enough storage for me already.
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Old 09-07-2018, 10:31 AM
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The only thing I think about is where to put the cooler? In the old '83, it goes behind the driver seat. With the seating configuration of a 214/x14, you putting it in the walk way of the bow?
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Old 09-07-2018, 11:35 AM
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I put the cooler in the port side walkway, and actually made a seat top for it ... effectively another seat ... i got some vinyl that closely matched the interior, a piece of pressure treated plywood, piece of foam and then used captive nuts and bolted it in place from the underside of the lid

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Old 09-07-2018, 11:55 AM
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Go straight to the 214/X-14. Went from an '88 PS190 to a PS209, hated it for the ski wake, nice big DD boat that will swallow a lot of stuff.
agree with this if skiing is your main sport
we went from a '94 190 to a '04 x9 and the ski wake definitely isnt the same on the 209/x9. never been behind a 214/x14 but ive heard its much better.
that said the 209/x9 is a lot cheaper than the 14 haha
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Old 09-07-2018, 03:35 PM
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Hopefully you are hearing the answer to your question is ‘yes, the x14 is the right next boat for your family!’

Outside of surfing it does everything pretty well. You can surf with it but don’t expect to throw the rope. You will also need extra ballast and a wake shaper.
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