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Old 09-05-2018, 08:37 PM
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Is a x14 dd the right boat for my family?

I have owned a 93 ps190 for a few seasons now and with the kids getting older, we are looking for a different boat. After a lot of reading here and my bias to mastercraft, I think the x14 dd is the right boat, but I am looking for confirmation.

My wife and I are skiers (recreation open water - she ski's at 31mph, I ski between 32 and 34mph). We only venture onto a board if we are wiped out and the weather is too nice to go in. Our kids are 10,8,and6. They are skiing and knee boarding. We don't really care what they do, we just want them to enjoy something behind the boat.

With the closed bow and small size, the 190 isn't allowing us to comfortably spend time together on the water together. We also want to have the ability to take friends or family with us.

So bottom line, we want a family boat with more space but still a heavy bias to skiing performance. I also considered a197, but my wife immediately said x14 after she saw the two different seat layouts (she likes more seats/space).

I am going to look at a local one, I am just curious of other people's thoughts.

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Old 09-05-2018, 09:02 PM
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Have skied and barefooted behind the 214...wake is very similar to 197.

My nephew owns a 214 and skis, foots and also ballasts it and wakeboards throwing pretty decent aerials. His kids are similar ages to yours and board and ski

I think it will do well for your family across a wide set of interests

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Old 09-05-2018, 09:02 PM
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Our family started with a closed bow Malibu. We had a lot of fun but transitioned to an X14v for the exact reasons you listed. If the kids canít bring friends along with them your time is going to be limited. Originally we looked at the DD but settled on the Vdrive mostly so it would surf a little better. I know we would have been happy with either. Itís a big boat compared to a 190 and the performance suffers a bit. I am more than happy to give up a little performance to have my kids with me. My kids are are 16 and 17 and after 10 years we are still putting 100 plus hours per year on the boat. It turned out to be one of the best decisions we made for our family.

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Old 09-05-2018, 10:10 PM
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Its the next best choice. Good luck!
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Old 09-05-2018, 10:11 PM
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Its the next best choice. Good luck!
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Old 09-05-2018, 10:44 PM
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I am waaayyyyy biased here, but the X14 is exactly what you need. I had an '08 X14 when my kids were 10 and 8 ... it was a great boat for all of us and they learned how to wakeboard on it quite well

My wife and I skied on it like you, and I barefooted on it all the time. As far as a wakeboard boat, I was lucky to have Zane Schwank on it for a day and he could do everything on it

go for it ... there are awesome boats ... hard to find ... my nephew drive about 1000 miles each way to get his

here it is ... Brian has it now and has it cleaner than I ever did!
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Old 09-05-2018, 11:30 PM
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Is a x14 dd the right boat for my family?

I have a 214 and came from a 93 190, we slalom, kneeboard, wake, and a rare long line footing run ... the 214, x14 does it all very, very well.

It also has a lot of room for all day cruising around with the kids and we have easily wake boarded with 8-9 in the boat.

Really clean wake and performance for a larger 197, it is no coincidence that a few more have sprung up from friends,that have skied ours.

Good luck!

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Old 09-06-2018, 12:42 AM
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The wake won’t be as soft or as small as your 190 but it will be soooo much better as a boat for family and friends.

I went from a ‘95 PS 205 (same hull as your boat) and loved the wake. The x14 wake is good but I don’t think it matches the early gen prostars for longer line/ slower speeds.

Don’t get me wrong it’s still a great wake.... I just feel that at less than 34mph it’s harder and a bit taller than your current boat. It’s somgreat for everything else though I take the wake for what it’s is.
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Old 09-06-2018, 01:17 AM
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Thank you all for your help/input! I will let you know if we make the change.
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Old 09-06-2018, 08:13 AM
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I'm late here, but I echo what the others have said. Perfect boat for what you describe. The ski wake at slower speeds won't be that of the 190, but you can't expect it to.
Prior boats - (3) X14's, (3) Prostars, and a Tristar.
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