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tyler_o 06-29-2005 8:27 AM

If you follow all the recommendations listed here and elsewhere.... <BR> <BR>1) Use water ballast, not lead <BR>2) Come to a stop before slowly turning around <BR>3) When you drop a Wakesurfer have peeps move to the other side of the boat to balance the load <BR> <BR>....Is there any real danger in getting swamped? Has anyone heard of a boat capsizing? I only ask this as we had the boat heavily weighted for Surfing this past weekend and there were a few moments when I was concerned she just might roll even while following the precautions.

4sher 06-29-2005 12:46 PM

TSO, you have come up with a good list. I would add 2 more: <BR> <BR>Always turn the boat towards the ballast. This means that if you have all of you weight on the left/port side, turn left when picking up your rider. This keeps you from dipping the lowest part of your boat even lower in the water. <BR> <BR>Sometime I also give the boat just a little reverse after slowing down. This allows my waves to pass by quicker so when I turn around I don't have to go over my wake.

tyler_o 06-29-2005 3:31 PM

Mark, <BR> <BR>Good points! I too turn towards the ballast even when the natural tendency of the loaded hull may start tracking the opposite direction. <BR> <BR>I haven't heard of anyone swamping yet but I don't want to be "that guy".

niap101 06-29-2005 7:22 PM

While filming our wake surf video, and not paying enough attention to driving, we took on maybe 100 gallons of water with a wrong turn into a double up wake. We did not swamp the boat but the bilge pump ran for a while. After that, I put a 3800 gph bilge pump in the boat. I've needed the pump once since then when a hose came loose and filled the bilge and I was happy to have such a large pump. <BR>

clubjoeskier 07-05-2005 7:22 AM

Make sure you never go all the way to neutral when you stop for a turn. You lose your steering, and the weighted side will swing to the outside

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