|I have a question. I have an 07' X45 with the LY6 engine and a 14x14 prop. I hear people on here running crazy weight with their boats and wonder why it seems I am limited to around 1600lbs plus factory ballast. I know I have a lot of gear on board but with this set up and 4 people on board it really starts to take awhile to plane and if I push these limits sometimes it won't. Is there anyone out there with a similar set up that could give me advice. I know the 45 is a big heavy boat but I hear of X-stars running with twice this weight propped and driven with the same engine and wonder what gives. Granted I love my wake but I've ridden pros boats like Gerry Nunn's whose wake was insane and I think it would be fun to hit something like that occasionally. FYI I run 500 lbs in steel in the nose plus 400's in the back plus two fat bricks towards the nose which weigh 155 each. I set the tab at 3/4 down to get the rampiness I like. I am not 100% on that prop, I think its right. I switched from the factory to a 14x14.75. Wanting even more hole shot I upgraded to my current one maybe it's a 14x14.5 I will have to verify that and get back to you guys, but it was what Eric from OJ recommended. Are the stories with Xstars running 4k for real?|
|Something doesn't seem right. I have an old VLX rated at 325hp and often run 3000 in water and gear alone. Then people sometimes up to another 500-600 pounds and get up on plane fairly good. Does the engine sound like it is running strong, or does it just seem under powered?|
|There's no way an LY6 is underpowered... and that's plenty of prop... |
Where are you placing the extra weight? You want to be sure it is distributed throughout the boat, not all in the rear... I wonder if that might be why?
|Trim the tab all the way down when you are starting and reset it when you reach your pulling speed. Going from a 14.75 pitch prop to 14.5 is not noticeable unless one prop is a better design. |
When you think about the weight you're running you have 2200# of ballast and a boat that weighs 700# more than the X-Star. Add your gear and the extra fuel in that 90 gallon tank. That's a heavy load so don't expect a rocket out of the hole.