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Old 07-12-2013, 08:56 AM
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In the market for 197 or 209 and could really use some advice. Have not had a boat in 20 years and that was a 1988 190 (I think). Small family with 2 under 8. Just recreational fun - cruising, wake boarding, skiing, etc so wake preference I don't think is an issue. Is the 197 too small and tough to reach the open bow easily - as this is where kids will go to and from often. Or generally is the 209 to bulky/slow. I used to barefoot with boom and would love to get boom and teach the kids.

Any thoughts on either boat or any user comments would be great!

Also anyone looking to sell one of these option that is not already posted online let me know as the search is taking some time.

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Old 07-12-2013, 09:03 AM
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not mine but nice looking!

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Old 07-12-2013, 09:37 AM
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I have an 87' Prostar 190 for sale, I can send you pics if you like!
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Old 07-12-2013, 09:47 AM
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with a family - definitely an open bouw plus a tower to get gear off the floor...
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Old 07-12-2013, 10:14 AM
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I have a 209 and it is not slow it has an LTR 330. Larger wake than 197. I just came from an '88 190 and there is a big difference in wake size. Go for the 197 if you want flat wake, 209 if you want space. The X9 looks nice, X7 is a 197 with wake package. You will have a boat that you will enjoy for many years either way. The previous owner footed behind the 209, so it has the ponies to get it done. I can stuff the 209 with the platform off in a 21' deep 2 car garage.
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Old 07-12-2013, 11:17 AM
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Unless you're dead set on a newer boat, look for some low hours 205s. Those are great for families, too.
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Old 07-12-2013, 12:31 PM
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This boat is a steal for the money... I might be able to go look at this boat if needed.

http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/boa/3927439699.html
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Old 07-12-2013, 12:50 PM
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We are a family of five with young teens and love our 197. Have the tower so that helps with storage, and we usually bring along at least one other friend so routinely 6-7 onboard. Now, if i could swing to a 214DD, i would, but really like the 197s handling, towing, and all around simplicity. We invested in a boom this year and its been a great aid for learning, although my kids are already off of it and rope starting on wakeboard. Next we'll start on skis and slalom. Good luck in your search!
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Old 07-12-2013, 12:56 PM
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This boat is a steal for the money... I might be able to go look at this boat if needed.

http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/boa/3927439699.html


AND its METALFLAKE!!!
Don't waste time, go see this boat. How far are you from it? 4 hours?
Nice boat if you are trying to get on the water for little $$.
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Old 07-12-2013, 02:04 PM
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If that boat was in a half days drive of SW Georgia, I would have had to call in sick today....
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