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gferl

Better Ski Wake - VLX Diamond or LSV Diamond

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gferl

Just wondering how comparable the ski wake is between the vlx diamond hull and the lsv diamond hull. I currently have a 2012 vlx w/ diamond. I might be upgrading to a 2013 to get the surfgate and just taking a pause to consider the lsv w/ diamond. Me and my kids still like to ski. I used to ski courses in earlier years and still enjoy aggressive open water slalom skiing. When we hit the water we typically do 1/3 ski, 1/3 wakeboard and 1/3 surfing. The vlx w/ diamond has been a very good wake for me considering we can wakeboard and surf.

Anyone have an lsv w/ diamond that can chime in?

Thanks for any feedback!!

Gabe

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Bawshogg

There are about 900 previous posts on the same topic. Use the search function so we don't have to cover this 901 times please. By the way , welcome to the crew, the search feature actuall works pretty well on this site.

Short answer : If you want to ski and have the option, get the Diamond hull.

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Bradley Thornton

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bamabonners

I got mine in early winter. Haven't had a chance to get behind it yet, but break in rides look like it would be plenty flat for recreational skiing. I had VLX with wake hull before and it was a little difficult to ski behind, IMO. Too much ramp for me.

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pennery

There are about 900 previous posts on the same topic. Use the search function so we don't have to cover this 901 times please. By the way , welcome to the crew, the search feature actuall works pretty well on this site.

Short answer : If you want to ski and have the option, get the Diamond hull.

I think you must have misread... This is not a Diamond VS. Wake hull question.. He plans on getting Diamond regardless. But is the LSV as good or better than the VLX for skiing...

I am not that good at the search function either but I couldn't find the answer...

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BSUBU_Kris

I have the LSV with the diamond hull and like the ski wake. Haven't been behind a VLX with diamond hull so unfortunately I don't have a comparison there. Here are a couple pictures of my wake at around 32 mph.

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There is a slight hump at certain line lengths depending on speed but the wake itself seems much softer than the other V-Drives I have skied behind.

Kris

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gferl

Thanks BSUBU_Kris!! That sounds very similar and looks very similar to my VLX diamond hull wake behind you. The VLX still has a slight bump also but is very soft like you said. I had a Supra before this with a wake hull and was un-skiable for me. It sounds like the VLX and LSV 23 have very similar wakes.

I will see if anyone else has been behind both and chimes in.

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Bawshogg

I think you must have misread... This is not a Diamond VS. Wake hull question.. He plans on getting Diamond regardless. But is the LSV as good or better than the VLX for skiing...

I am not that good at the search function either but I couldn't find the answer...

You are right, sorry about that. Obviously the smaller the boat the better/flatter the ski wake will be. Beam is the same on the newer ones.

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gferl

ok...went with the 2013 ws 23 LSV w/ diamond hull. My wife fell in love with the increased size over the vlx...she let me put in the 427 LS3 motor (450HP). So, I can only hope the skiing is nearly as good as my 2012 vlx with diamond hull. Thanks for everyone's input. If anyone still has any input I would greatly appreciate any insights.

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BSUBU_Kris

You are going to love that boat.

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IXFE

ok...went with the 2013 ws 23 LSV w/ diamond hull. My wife fell in love with the increased size over the vlx...she let me put in the 427 LS3 motor (450HP). So, I can only hope the skiing is nearly as good as my 2012 vlx with diamond hull. Thanks for everyone's input. If anyone still has any input I would greatly appreciate any insights.

Congrats on an excellent choice. I am literally having the exact same debate in my house: VLX Diamond vs. LSV Diamond. The only difference is my CFO is leaning VLX.

So that begs the question... do you have any pics of your VLX Diamond pulling a skiier at 30mph+? This is likely where I'm headed...

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gferl

Here is a pic of the wake (33 mph, 15' off). I was really impressed with the wake behind my 2012 VLX w/ diamond hull compared to other v-drives. It was the closest wake I have skied behind compared to a DD. I used to ski a coarse 15 years ago with a MC prostar so I have been on a great weak before. And more recently a friend had a MB sunscape 21 with DD that was VERY good (clean/flat ... just about perfect).

My VLX wake definitely had a bump, but at least it is soft and manageable unlike other V drive boats I have been on. And, considering the VLX was GREAT for wake boarding and surfing it is a very good compromise.

I hope this helps.

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