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Is the '17 a 21 VLX or 22 VLX.
22 VLX is easily the winner (which came out in 2015 replacing the 21 VLX). The 2017 21 VLX was Malibu's entry level addition. The problem is these '17 VLX owners "know what they've got" charging more for them than they were new 4 model years ago. Malibu was doing the "80k, all day" type of marketing, yet I see a lot asking well over 80k for a four year old used boat.
The '14 VLX will be bigger than the '17 21 VLX. 2" wider beam, 6" longer...that makes a real difference. Otherwise, the '17 will overall be better.
'16+ boats guarantee better motors, as so many buyers cheaped out - regardless of boat size, and went with the ancient GEN-I SBC, then complain later about being underpowered or excuse the motor as being "enough."
2017 for a variety of reasons would be the better value. Namely the better screens and resale value going 3 years newer. Lots of other good reasons too, but fwiw a 2014 would be a solid performer as well.
To clarify, the '14 has the 5.7 and the '17 the 6.2. Also, I get the '14 is "rated" for 14 with a table and the '17 rated for 13 w/o a table. Since we'll be relative newbies (family boaters), guess what I'm more interested in understanding is which one might have less "potential" for having issues (e.g. the '14 w/potential screen delam and surf gate issues and the '17 likely louder w/potential motor issues???).
Just wanting my eyes wide open with hopes of avoiding the more potential problematic and/or more compromised resale value when we eventually move up.
Again, appreciate the insights...Edited by 4221
White will show every single spec of dirt and won’t look new if you don’t clean it. Browns hide all the dirt and look good no matter what.
I wouldn’t go as far as saying white stains, if vinyl is going to be stained it will stain any color. It will just be more visible on the white.
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