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bovhica

Hey Crew,

I was looking at and 2001 Malibu Sporty LX. I own a 94 echelon closed bow and really enjoy the slalom wake. I have a teenager and friends who are beginner to intermediate wake boarders and with some ballast added it can produce an ok wake for them. This sporty has a tower and a wedge. I was thinking about upgrading to a newer boat with open bow that still produces awesome slalom, but can be used for wakeboarding for novices. What are your thoughts on the sporty. I don't care about storage or space, as we boat from our cabin dock, so that's not an issue. I was just looking for some sporty owners to chime in or anyone with knowledge of the boat.

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pook77

I had a 98 sportster. I will say that storage is very minimal. Only behind the spotter seat and under the dash. The bow is a step over so most people won't want to ride up there. The wake can be very nice for wakeboarding. I would run a single 540lb big bag between the motor and the back seat. Plenty of wake to learn 360s and first inverts. Says it can hold eight people. It's more like 5.

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jk13

Exact same hull as your current boat. So the question is what will you be gaining?

--Tower. Can be added to the Echelon.

--Bow seating for one small person or two tiny ones.

--Wedge. Could also be added to the current boat, but a bit more difficult than a tower. Both finding one and installing it.

--Fuel injection? Not all Sportys were, is this one?

--Under bow storage. I know you said it didn't matter, but it's there.

Better shape, fewer hours, more modern colors maybe? Do you just want a new boat? Understandable, but figure cost vs. benefit vs. adding what you want to your current ride and weigh it out.

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scvlx

I had a 2001 and a 2003 sportster lx. I ran a tube sac (370 lbs) on each side of the motor box and 300lbs of lead and wedge. It had a great wake, it can get a little cramp but we had a great time on them both.

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bovhica

Thanks guys

I already have a tower on my echy, although it is a big air brand and not all one piece, we don't really notice, because I don't wakeboard, and the others are mostly novice (no inverts.) I was looking for a couple reasons.

1. Thinking about having one boat for the cabin to share with the siblings and kids and one for my home.

2. Found what I think is a smokin deal, although the boat is on the other side of the country so I have to consider shipping or pickup expenses

3. Mechanically my echy is a 9.5/10. aesthetically it is a 5/10. The interior is a little rough and the gel coat is is oxidized on the top because previous owner only had a cockpit cover for it. Also lots of nicks and a few pretty deep gouges around the boat. I know I can spend some money and time fixing issues, but if I left the echy at the cabin for family use, it would be fine as is.

The sporty only has 200+ hours and according to the ad is a one owner who is meticulous and was always garaged. It is on the east coast so I don't know if its been in salt water? I will have to ask.

Here is the link to the ad. Let me know what you think. Also If there is a Crew Member in the area who wouldn't mind checking it out for me and maybe test driving it, that would be awesome.

http://www.adsinusa.com/c/5130/5130o1104.htm

It does have the 310 indmar carb. so more horse than my 265 in the echy.

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jk13

Uhhh that's half or less of what that boat should go for. Be very careful how you proceed, especially on what sounds like a third party "sale".

You can get your Echy close to that horsepower with Vortec heads. But I get wanting two boats at two locations.

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bovhica

I was wondering the same thing. It can't hurt to call but most likely a scam. After pricing the boat on nada a few moments ago I can't help but be suspicious. Probably just keep my eye out for something local.

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JB-FOOT

Looks like the boat add was generated in Dallas-Fort Worth Texas area, says boat is located in Maine, and the registration ON THE BOAT is for Indiana....

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm...and it is way underpriced..... :whistle:

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Michigan boarder

Remember that an open bow on an Echelon or Response is not only small but really puts your bow at risk for taking a wave over it when there is a person up front. The rub rail is only like 2 inches out of the water then. I rarely have an adult in the bow on an outing, mostly just a little kid or two. My Echelon walk thru is nice, though, for cruising at night or for parking and hanging out. I think a step over would be slippery and puts people at risk of falling.

Another option is a jump seat behind the driver's seat, to add a person.

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oldjeep

I was wondering the same thing. It can't hurt to call but most likely a scam. After pricing the boat on nada a few moments ago I can't help but be suspicious. Probably just keep my eye out for something local.

Not sure how that scam is supposed to work. A little googling says that phone number is a Fax number at an urgent care clinic.

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Woodski

@bovhica: one thing to consider on a Sporty, the wake is a bit harder than an Echy and there are 2 tracking fins v. 3 so the tracking is not as good. They have an awesome barefoot wake.

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SmoothWaterMan

Exact same hull as your current boat.

Just to be specific, this statement is incorrect. The Sportster and Echelon both use a SV23 hull design, but they are different size hulls and different weight. Not the same mold, and therefore not the same wake.

The other arguments are all valid, although I do like a Sportster more than an Echelon, for opinion's sake.

Peter :)

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jk13

Just to be specific, this statement is incorrect. The Sportster and Echelon both use a SV23 hull design, but they are different size hulls and different weight. Not the same mold, and therefore not the same wake.

The other arguments are all valid, although I do like a Sportster more than an Echelon, for opinion's sake.

Peter :)

Yeah, I was 99% on that one. Figured since the Sporty was designated a wake hull and my Echelon was pre-diamond they were the same.

I should maybe not post so late at night after a long day........

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pook77

Remember that an open bow on an Echelon or Response is not only small but really puts your bow at risk for taking a wave over it when there is a person up front. The rub rail is only like 2 inches out of the water then. I rarely have an adult in the bow on an outing, mostly just a little kid or two. My Echelon walk thru is nice, though, for cruising at night or for parking and hanging out. I think a step over would be slippery and puts people at risk of falling.

Another option is a jump seat behind the driver's seat, to add a person.

Plus the walk over is a real pain when you have the bimini up. I mostly used it as purgatory for unruly kids.

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BlastRlxi

Just to be specific, this statement is incorrect. The Sportster and Echelon both use a SV23 hull design, but they are different size hulls and different weight. Not the same mold, and therefore not the same wake.

The other arguments are all valid, although I do like a Sportster more than an Echelon, for opinion's sake.

Peter :)

Did the Sportster use the same hull as the Tantrum? If not, do you know what the differences were?

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Slyexe

Why not look at a Response LXI/TXI? Best ski boat out there, rear storage compartment, looks slick with a tower and you're getting the best of both worlds. Just sayin'

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pook77

If you're kids are getting into wakeboarding. I would highly HIGHLY recommend a v-drive. Same length boat will feel 100X bigger, and give you more options with activities.

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Steve B.

Sorry to go off topic, but want to get this straight. SV23 hulls are not all the same?

In other words, there is a 19' SV23 and a 21 SV23, same design, but different dimensions?

Thanks,

Steve B.

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JB-FOOT

perhaps what attracted the OP was the price, and not the boat...especially since he wants two boats....

makes a HUGE difference what he is willing to spend, before everyone tries to find him a 2nd boat

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bovhica

You nailed it. I was just looking for a second boat when this popped up. I didnt want to break the bank, so that was priority one. Im not even going to bother with this sporty as im 99.9% sure it has to be a scam. I appreciate all the input. We decided to look into adding a wedge to the echy and a sack up front. I am going to keep my eye open for another boat, but in no hurry to find one. Thanks again...love this site.

I started another thread on the wedge but dont know how to link it here from my phone. If any echy owners have a wedge and would like to give some input, please do.

perhaps what attracted the OP was the price, and not the boat...especially since he wants two boats....

makes a HUGE difference what he is willing to spend, before everyone tries to find him a 2nd boat

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