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Old 05-14-2021, 08:50 PM
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The missus and I are getting more serious about buying a larger boat--all the usual reasons (kids growing older, more cruising, more folks on board)...also interest in surfing by all....

We have 214v now--awesome ski boat...

We have been advised that the XT25 is a better ski pull than the XT23.

I ski 34 - 36 and usually 32 off. Willing to make some compromises to go larger considering cruising (and likely surfing) will the the majority of use-case.

Thoughts? Feedback? Just keep both boats?
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Old 05-14-2021, 08:59 PM
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I think there is little difference between the XT22, 23, and 25 wakes for slalom. Similar weights and widths. You will be pleasantly surprised with the enormous difference in boat size and capacity and the capable ski wake. None of these 3 are course boats, (unless just for the novelty) but some very good recreational slalom skiing is there. Small wake at slalom speed when set up right, though wider (as you should expect) than an x14 or 214.
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Old 05-14-2021, 09:01 PM
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BTW I don't see how the XT25 is a better pull than the XT23. Or much worse. I guarantee if you ski both in same conditions, weight, etc, there is almost zero difference. I guess I can see that the 25 is longer and same weight so may be very slightly different/ better....
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Old 05-14-2021, 10:00 PM
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If two boats is an option, I would Sell 214 now when market is hot. Get the new big boat so everyone is happy.

Then in a year or two when market (assumption) cools down get another ‘97 190 for skiing. Just be on casual lookout.

If you can do two boats I’d go back to the direct drive unless you are hooked on the 214v. Even at 32 off I’d think there would be a difference.
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Old 05-14-2021, 10:04 PM
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Given the status of the market, I’d be sure to secure the new boat before parting ways with the 214


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Old 05-15-2021, 12:57 AM
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At your skill levels, IME you and the Admiral will be disappointed skiing any of the XT's. For us pedestrians, she skiis fine at slower speeds and longer lines open water.

Instinct suggests that at your 34+ mph, -32 or less line, much faster crossing speeds, and the larger vdrive hump - that is a bad combo. While I've never been shortline, my guess is there may also be a bit of a rooster tail, not sure.

Get the larger boat for your crew and mixed watersports, all of which are great. But keep your 214 or say trade her in for an older PS for your slalom outings.

Other more skilled skiers will chime in here. Good luck and let us know how she goes.

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Old 05-16-2021, 10:31 PM
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The missus and I are getting more serious about buying a larger boat--all the usual reasons (kids growing older, more cruising, more folks on board)...also interest in surfing by all....

We have 214v now--awesome ski boat...

We have been advised that the XT25 is a better ski pull than the XT23.

I ski 34 - 36 and usually 32 off. Willing to make some compromises to go larger considering cruising (and likely surfing) will the the majority of use-case.

Thoughts? Feedback? Just keep both boats?

If you get an XT and really want to ski, you will have to lower your surf expectations. The two pursuits are complete opposites. You just can’t throw 800 lbs of steel shot bags in the boat for surfing and then expect to make a few cuts. Something’s gotta give. I opted to keep my ProStar and load up the XT22.


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Old 05-17-2021, 08:21 AM
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Are you course skiing or free skiing? Makes a big difference for giving feedback on your question.
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Old 05-17-2021, 09:19 AM
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Matt, I'd say keep the 214 and get a 2nd boat. Demo the XTs, but my guess is you will find any of them will produce a larger ski wake than the 214. Will the XT ski, yes...will it ski like the 214, NO.
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Old 05-17-2021, 02:24 PM
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Do not expect any of the XTs to ski anywhere as well as your 214V. Can you adjust bow weight and use middle tab to make it "ski-able" = Yes; will it be anywhere close to what you are used to or a dedicated ski tug like a Prostar = NOPE.
Tried to do the same thing with our XT21. Supposed to be the best crossover wake out there. Does it make the best of both worlds; yes, but it comes no where close to my '99 PS 205 much less even the neighbor's older Moomba V-Drive. For the $14k I got 4 years ago for the PS205; I should have kept it just to ski behind it.
All of the above comments reflect our time spent free-skiing; not time running bouys
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