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Old 04-24-2008, 03:24 AM
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Arrow MS215's/X2's/sharing boats/our old searay... Advice Wanted!

Ok, so while up here in the PNW its still snowy/cold, I've already started thinking about when the summer hits. Basically, I need (want) a new boat. I'm tired of skiing a '96 PS190 with our neighbors, we have an odd arrangement with them on using the boat. We own a '94 Searay 200BR "signature" ourselves with 450 or so hours. Its time for it to go, and they sell pretty fast, too.
Unfortunately, my local dealer only sells X-Series boats, and I was looking to go the Maristar route. The next closest dealer has an '08 Maristar 215, fully loaded with tower/racks, ballast, VDIG, etc... more fancy stuff than i'm interested in!! Only problem: hes asking $80k for it, several grand below the MSRP even. It looks really nice : White with navy stripes/transom, and its pretty close by. We could easily work out a dealer trade between the two, and maybe a trade-in as well.

other, less painful to the bank account option is a used '06 X2.
Pretty comparable, same colors and options (no vdig tho). Asking on that one is $58k, definitely too high. This is with my local dealer.

SO... to make a long story long, I'm looking for a boat that can do it all: intermediate skiing/boarding, tubing, and some cruising on a f airily big/busy lake. Is the MS215 really worth it? how does the X2 preform in comparison?
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Old 04-24-2008, 09:00 AM
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I have an 06 X-15 and absolutely love it. It is a great all around boat. I will say the ski wake is not the best, but I've heard with the wake plate it is much better. My wifes favorite thing about the boat is it rides smooth in rough water. Just my 2 cents.
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Old 04-24-2008, 12:43 PM
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The X2 is a great all around boat. I think it probably has a little more room up front than the 215 just because of the pickled fork. For skiing you will want to make sure it has a wake plate.
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Old 04-24-2008, 04:48 PM
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i'm not sure about the X2, but the maristar has the new one for '08.
Whats the deal with VDIG (is it worth it), I think its why this MS is so expensive...
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Old 04-24-2008, 05:26 PM
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So give us a scale of 1 -5 what is important.

Size/capacity (how many people will be in the boat on adv. kids too?)
ski wake
wakeboard wake
length (fit in your garage?)
cost/price
new vs used (i would think you could get a pretty good used boat right now if you are worried about price. or you can not find what you want new)
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Old 04-24-2008, 05:28 PM
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Might wanna look here: http://www.copeandmcphetres.com/sear...mplate&indid=1

They lost their deal with MC, so they are clearing out there stock and selling boats at cost! Might be worth a few hour drive!
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Old 04-24-2008, 06:31 PM
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1- ski wake - we ski 4 days a week now, im intermediate, everyone else is about the same
2- Price- not too excited about dropping $80k for the 215, but its the perfect boat
3-wakeboard wake -we're just starting to ride now
4- size - 8 people sounds good
5-new/used- i prefer buying new, i plan keeping it for 20 years!
5- legnth- gotta be under23 feet- i need a new lift as well...
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Old 04-24-2008, 06:47 PM
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1- ski wake - we ski 4 days a week now, im intermediate, everyone else is about the same
2- Price- not too excited about dropping $80k for the 215, but its the perfect boat
3-wakeboard wake -we're just starting to ride now
4- size - 8 people sounds good
5-new/used- i prefer buying new, i plan keeping it for 20 years!
5- legnth- gotta be under23 feet- i need a new lift as well...
Go with the wakeplate if you get the X2 or X15 for skiing. I debated between these two boats as well and test drove both several times. Originally I didn't like the pickle fork and wanted a traditional bow. However I didn't want to have to lug around the extra 1' 8" of the X15 and also it wouldn't fit into my garage with the extra length so I chose the X2. I now love the pickle fork as we use it all the time to load and unload the boat. They are both great boats and I think the X15 gets overlooked to often. Both boats will be comfotable with 8 people on board.
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Old 04-24-2008, 07:58 PM
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have you considered a X-1???
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Old 04-24-2008, 08:35 PM
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I'd look at the X1 and X14. The X1 I've read has a decent ski wake at 34-36 MPH and when weighted has one of the best wakeboard wakes ever. The X14 is the same as the Prostar 214 with ballast and a tower. It will give you a better ski wake than the X1, but won't produce the same wakeboard wake. I'm pretty sure you can get into either of those boats for less than 80k.
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