Spy Boats

Postby jcooper » Sat Feb 04, 2017 12:55 pm

Way back when Performance Marine / Peter Webb introduced the new Spy Boat range I was interested in buying one but on closer inspection was not super impressed coming from an older Malibu and sinking in another 20-30K on top of what I already had.
I am now back in the market and curious on how the latest models compare and how they perform on the water, they look the goods for sure but an informed opinion / assessment would be appreciated.
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Re: Spy Boats

Postby waysouth » Sun Feb 05, 2017 8:18 am

Don't do it! Stick to the big three!
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Re: Spy Boats

Postby jcooper » Sun Feb 05, 2017 12:10 pm

waysouth wrote:Don't do it! Stick to the big three!


...................and your informed reason is?
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Re: Spy Boats

Postby jakeyhamer » Mon Feb 13, 2017 6:10 pm

its still the same old poorly designed hull from 10 years ago with a bit more bling and paying the same money as an axis, with bad resale.

Reasons are:

1- built in boarding platform, what a waste of 1.5 foot of running surface, smaller cabin, maybe difficult to store as its in the 22ft class but cant remove the platform to store in a smaller shed.

2- the platform built in then makes the engine weight further forward in the boat, hurting the surf and wakeboard wakes

3- the vents on the back of the boat let in water when you need to put in extra wake to get the same size wake as a 90's american designed boat

4- paying a high price for a 90's sized wake from a us type wake boat

5- when i bought a boat for performance marine, they couldn't give 2 shits about there customers once they had the money (spydercraft ski boat)

6- did i mention the sub par wakes yet?

7- lack of ballast

8- 22ft size boat that doesnt feel 22ft, because of the built in platform

9- lack of dealer network nationally

10- personally I dont like the look of the graphics.

Buy an axis a20 if you want a new boat at the same price.

Or an matrix mvs if you want to spend your money on an Australian designed and built boat.

Been around boats all my life, have owned a few aussie ski boats, than went to a us built boat and will never go back.
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Re: Spy Boats

Postby carlossa » Tue Feb 14, 2017 3:29 pm

jakeyhamer wrote:have owned a few aussie ski boats, than went to a us built boat and will never go back.


I have the same opinion
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Re: Spy Boats

Postby jcooper » Tue Feb 14, 2017 6:49 pm

Sounds like not much has changed whilst I've been out of the sport - back to the big three it is......again
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Re: Spy Boats

Postby 82Juddcraft » Tue Feb 14, 2017 7:58 pm

I'm not commenting on the spy boats but guys in the States don't ski or board like we do.
They're all about going fast in a straight line as a group and hanging out.
I went over there last year to a mates, they were like go fast have a swim, go fast have a swim.
https://youtu.be/7mG-9Fh_0AM
Not that it's a bad thing I thought it was pretty sick, they get an extra few months out of summer.

But I'd keep looking outside of the 3, I've always been a fan of the Legend hulls.
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Re: Spy Boats

Postby pawlo » Wed Feb 15, 2017 8:09 am

" They're all about going fast in a straight line as a group and hanging out.
I went over there last year to a mates, they were like go fast have a swim, go fast have a swim "

I wouldn't put everyone in the US in the same basket. There are a few people over there who board & ski.
That's probably why they build such good boats.
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Re: Spy Boats

Postby Simba » Fri Mar 17, 2017 7:19 pm

i am never impressed by the quality and finish of the spy when i see them at the boat show each year. Plenty of better options on the market
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Re: Spy Boats

Postby d1 » Mon Apr 03, 2017 11:35 am

same boats then as now Dave
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