I’ve been eyeing boats like this for about 15 years at this point. Finally, the right boat came for sale at the right time and this weekend we will pick up our new boat, a 2003 Nautique - specifically a Super Air Nautique, Team Edition whatever that means (it means, basically, loaded with the best options). It’s not perfect; it’s mechanically well-sorted; I love the colors; it’s a great layout for... everything. Our family will enjoy this boat for many years to come.

Put it this way: with the technological complexity, bulk, flashiness, and simply the cost of newer ski/wake boats, I have lost interest. There’s literally not a single new boat on the market that I really pine for. If I could go out and buy any boat for my family, it would be this actual boat. And it’s happening, this weekend. Cheers to that!