Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Blue Ridge
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Sailordave, buy the Ski Nautique. You will be surprised by the way it handles in a chop. We have taken it out into the Gulf of M to go scalloping, and occasionally got caught in thunderstorms with pretty heavy waves, no problem.
It is built very strong, esp. the older ones, has plenty of weight with good distribution, tracks well, and has the power (standard V8) to get you out of trouble.
The build quality is second to none where ski boats are concerned.
Only drawback: prop and rudder can't be raised, so watch out for shoals.
Oh, btw, it won't choke the skier with exhaust, as an outboard will.