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07 VTX vs 04 21XTI

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Cammo

Just chasing people's opinions on skiing behind an 07 VTX with the cut diamond hull. I'm just fantasising about a boat to upgrade from my 04 wakesetter 21xti (diamond hull- in Australia many early wakesurfers were on diamond hulls as default) and wondering how different the VTX would be to my boat at 15 off (or shorter) and 32-34mph. I ride a 2016 radar senate graphite. Never been through a course, not that serious, just want a boat that I can ski hard behind and advance my skills, whilst having the versatility to wakeboard and even surf. Having tried surfing it's a great fun, low injury alternative to slalom for every other day. I know the VTX is a v drive 😱, but it's also a foot shorter thany current boat. I think the VTX could be a great family boat, but I really don't wanna go backwards with the ski wake. Anyone have experience with both of these models for skiing?

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mrothwell

I ski behind my 2007 VTX ,Diamond hull, whenever I can find smooth water and I love it.  I have ran it through a course, and it's very skiable.  I've owned a 1997 Echelon and a 1999 Sunsetter LXi.  Few boats ski better than the Echelon (at least in it's day), as it was s dedicated closed bow ski boat.  The Sunsetter LXi was also a direct drive known to have a good wake for a little bit larger open bow boat, but it wasn't as good as the Echelon.  I would put the VTX in-between the Echelon and the SSLXi as far has how nice it is to ski behind.  The SSLXi didn't have too big or hard of wake, but it did have a deeper trough than the Echelon.  The VTX has about the same size wake as the SSLXi, but it doesn't have as deep of trough as the SSLXi.  I prefer skiing behind the VTX. 

Even though it is a smaller V-Drive, it still surfs quite well.  It generates a decent size wake, but it does have a shorter pocket when compared to the larger V-Drives.  Definitely not a world class surf wake, but it still is great fun for my family to surf.

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Cammo

Thanks mate, that's a very comprehensive reply. I find my xti has a decent hump and trough at 15 off, but not terrible. My friends old v ride with the wake hull was awful to ski behind. If the VTX is as good as you say it might be my next boat....

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