I ski off a '95 with a GT40 all the time, and was behind a '96 before
he sold it. These were good boats. Handles chop well, lots of room
to walk around the motor box. Good lamination of top to sides. It is
a LH rotation, like a MC or Malibu. The '95 GT40 runs right along
side my '99 SN with a GT40, after he put on a 4 blade OJ - which is
recommended for hole shot and smoothness. They also tracked very
well, and if you ski without an observer, the boat does not go down
the lake caddy wumpus like some LH rotation boats.
The one thing to look for is actually in the ski test. Hydrodyne had
a few different molds, and there was a difference in the wakes. One
mold in particular had very soft wakes and the others had a harsher
feel to them. If you are serious about slalom, you may not like the
slight jolt at longer lines with the harsher wakes, although they are
small, you just feel them more. By 28 off, they really don't bother
you. My buddy's '95 has them, but it does not subtract from anyone's
scores. I think the mold was "C" and you might be able to tell from
the serial #, but am not sure. The '96 I skied behind was the softer
mold and it really was nice to ski and drive.
My buddy's '95 is always "maybe" up for sale, and we might split a new
SN if he sells it. He has about 390 hours, red and white colors,
shower, heater, radio (CD?), custom trailer that has a tongue that
swings to one side for short garages, and cover. The whole rig is in
great shape as it stays in the garage (too much - that's why he may
sell it). I think he was under your price you mentioned on the '96.
He is in NW Ohio.
I would also find out what happened to the engine in the one you are
Email me if you want more info and I can hook you guys up.
> I'm still here ... boat shopping. Found a 97 Hydrodyne Grand Sport
> that is interesting. Must have been one of their last boats from what
> I can tell. The hull # does indicate 97, but NADA shows 96 as their
> last year. Anyway, it has a 1999 Merc 350 Magnum MPI, boat has less
> thatn 200 hours, new engine has about half that. From what I can
> ascertain from this group, etc, the boat has higher sides that most
> skiboats and a slighly better riding hull in chop. The back bench
> seat appears to be 8 inches or so off the floor which looks more
> comfortable than the typical on or almost on the floor bench.
> Any things to look at or opinions. The boat is priced at 17k and
> looks to be in quite good shape from the pictures. It is 5 hours away
> from me, so ... I need to gather thoughts/facts before making a trip
> to see it.
> Our use will be family with one semi serious skier amongst the bunch.