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By Kris Lowery (linus8103) on Monday, December 13, 2004 - 6:51 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
I am about to buy a Centurion Elite V-Drive. Does anyone have any info about the wake? I am installing 1000lbs of ballast in back and 600 in front.
By Duane (nvsairwarrior) on Tuesday, December 14, 2004 - 12:17 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
You'll need more up front.
I tend to run with about 150 in each locker, a 250 on the rear seat, 375 under the side seat, 250 behind the driver, 400 of stock center tank and about 250 in the bow.
Most of my ballast in near the center of the boat but that's by choice. This boat does need a bit more in the bow if putting most in the lockers as opposed to near the middle.
good luck

By JZwake (jzwake) on Tuesday, December 14, 2004 - 11:40 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
You should just talk to a person that ushered you to the dealer and listen to what he says. let me know when you test drive it.
By Lance (uga33) on Tuesday, December 14, 2004 - 1:17 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
I all we use is the center ballast and about 7 or 8 people and the wake is great for us. I do hear alot people say that the Elite V likes ballast up front.
By Kris Lowery (linus8103) on Tuesday, December 14, 2004 - 3:50 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
Thanks guys,
Jason thats funny, I am probably going to test drive it on Saturday.

By JZwake (jzwake) on Tuesday, December 14, 2004 - 6:45 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
well give me a call, maybe I can roll up with you. I have to do some work with them.
By Richard G (rich_g) on Friday, December 17, 2004 - 11:09 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
Kris, I have a 98 Elite V and have 2 350's in the back, and 440 in the bow. That's close to same ratio you are talking about, and it works for us. Of course, we can move people around.
By Kris Lowery (linus8103) on Saturday, December 18, 2004 - 11:45 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
Is the wake big? can you compare it to any other wakes you have been behind. Thanks

By Kris Lowery (linus8103) on Saturday, December 18, 2004 - 12:03 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
Anyone have pic of their wake behind this boat or one with the same hull?
By Charles (chas) on Saturday, December 18, 2004 - 2:12 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post

By Kris Lowery (linus8103) on Saturday, December 18, 2004 - 3:04 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
Thanks Charles! Looks good to me. How did you distribute the weight in the boat, and how far back from the boat are you riding?
By Charles (chas) on Saturday, December 18, 2004 - 4:58 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
we had about 700lbs up front and I think we had three in the boat, rope is at 75'. I think speed was about 22.5-23 mph. You can add more in the rear but you will also have to try and balance out the front.
By daryl (purestructure03) on Saturday, December 18, 2004 - 8:14 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
hey charles nice lookin wake! Where do you normally launch from? I live in Manteca and every once in a while, we launch our boat off March.
By Charles (chas) on Saturday, December 18, 2004 - 10:45 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
we launch out of Ladds at the end of March, get a yearly pass there and it is close to the house.
By daryl (purestructure03) on Sunday, December 19, 2004 - 12:50 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
ah nice! if you ever see an all red 03 centurion hurricane with a filipino guy drivin it, wave me down! haha
By Richard G (rich_g) on Monday, December 20, 2004 - 1:37 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
Kris, sorry it took a while to get back to this thread. The wake is big and nice shape back to 70' at 22 mph. Beyond that it gets a little washy. Can't help you much with comparisons. I don't do much of the riding, but my teenager and his friends go big behind this boat; enough air time to do inverted tricks. The wake is not their limitation. They have gone behind a new SAN Team Edition, and yes, they could go bigger behind that boat. IMO, the newer wake specific boats have refined the hull to move the sweet spot further back, allowing the rider more speed/energy coming into the wake to go bigger. I could add more weight to increase the wake, but I would sacrifice some hole shot. I'm thinking of upgrading to a 4-blade prop to help w/ that.
By Kris Lowery (linus8103) on Monday, December 20, 2004 - 3:53 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
Thanks richard, That is the speed I ride at, and about the same length of rope. I am spending about 16,000 for this boat so I guess I shouldnt expect a 40,000 dollar wake, but it seems that this boat puts off a good wake for the money.
By nickster (nar722) on Tuesday, December 21, 2004 - 3:16 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
Kris, I have that same boat....just a newer model 2001. Check my profile for a wake pic. center ballast full. 400 lbs in the back. 250 up front. 3 people. Speed is 20.5. my son is 65 feet back. The wake cleans up even better at 22. you will be happy with this boat.
By Kris Lowery (linus8103) on Tuesday, December 21, 2004 - 7:02 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
nickster, Thanks for the post. I am feeling a lot better about buying this boat. Seems like everyone is happy with their centurion.
By JZwake (jzwake) on Wednesday, December 22, 2004 - 10:02 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
Kris, I dare you to ask these helpfull folks if you should spring for the perfect pass.
By Kris Lowery (linus8103) on Wednesday, December 22, 2004 - 4:00 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
yeah I know I should get perfect pass...
I have to put a tower on first. I talked to Melissa yesterday, and everything is a go, all I have to do is bring my boat up there and take my new one home. After a test drive of course.

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