|I have and old 87' Bayliner 1750 capri w/ 130hp i/o. Its in great shape but throws no wake. Would it be worth a try to throw a couple fat sac buddies beside the motor? The boat it only rated at 850lbs, I'd be way over that with just the sacs and 3 or 4 people. I'm puttin in a 7' pole next season, but am hopin to find a way to get more wake (besides the obvious choice of a new boat) Any suggestions would be appreciated.|
|I dunno man, I ride behing a 97 sea ray 17.5 footer and it has no wake either, just get some big boned friends out there|
|By Bob (bob) on Wednesday, September 24, 2003 - 10:22 pm:
|your going to stress the motor and outdrive and it may not last till you install the pole if you add alot of weight, put some money aside for rebuilding the outdrive or engine when it goes. Problem comes when you add the weight and then have to hammer the throttle to get the thing going|
|It's all about the pitch of the prop. Get a 16 inch pitch 4 blade aloy prop & start filling the sac. We have a 1950 classic with a 3L and we push 2000 pounds no problems. |
Here's an article about the set up with some wake pics etc.
|I agree, the prop is very important. |
Just get a 4 or 5 blade low pitch prop.
You'll lose a lot of top end speed, but it'll be perfect in the wakeboarding zone.
Then of course you'll have to add some weight.
don't forget to counterbalance the weight in the rear with some weight up in the bow.
It will help the boat plane quicker, hold speed better and throw a nicer wake.
|We did the same thing with a simlar boat and really dogged the hell out of the engine. We were younger and dumber then so we never tried the prop thing, it will make some difference undoubtebly, but it will still be hard on 130hp to be pushing too much weight. we just ended up breaking down and buying our first tige...|
|Thanks for the info guys. What would a good deal be on a new prop? I know they can be pretty pricy. |
Darren: I loved your ski platform, the orginal plastic ones aren't worth a crap. If I'm feelin brave, maybe I'll try makin one.
|Your right, a new 5 blade stainless will run you $500+ (worth every penny) |
You should be able to find a descent used one for about 1/2 that...
Before I got my 5 blade, I used a 4 blade aluminum, (much cheaper) it still improved the performance tremendously from the stock 3 blade.
I would rate the 5 blade twice as good as the 4 blade though.