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Old    alext            05-08-2003, 3:25 PM Reply   
Can anyone tell me what the best shaped hull is for wakeboarding offshore? I've been looking at buying either a second hand Fletcher (18') Bayliner (18') or Shakespeare.... And should I get one with an inboard or outboard.. I've ridden behind both before and preferred the wake off the inboard... but open to suggestions....
Old    mbsteve            05-08-2003, 5:04 PM Reply   
fountain lightning
Old     (jayc)      Join Date: Sep 2002       05-09-2003, 1:42 AM Reply   
I ride in the sea and to get to calm water we often have to travel through some rough stuff. I have a mastercraft 190 and when its loaded it is very poor in the chop with waves coming over the front and rear. If I change I will never go to a bayliner, fletcher or any other boat which is not a tournament boat as I really do not like the wakes, handling etc.
I know nautiques have a deeper V hull than my MC so I may look at one of them or maybe a maristar.
I guess I'm just a tournament boat snob but I have been skiing since I was 5 and I know what I like, even if its not ideal!
Old     (salmon_tacos)      Join Date: Jan 2003       05-09-2003, 8:23 AM Reply   
So what's the deal with handling? I can see the argument for a have a very small path on which to travel (a road). You need a car with great handling so you can feel what it's you can take it to the edge without going over.

Now, do you really need "great handling" in a boat, especially a wakeboard boat? I always hear people say, "I got a direct drive because I need the great handling," or, "I/O's suck because they don't handle nearly as well as inboards." So what's the deal?
Old     (salmon_tacos)      Join Date: Jan 2003       05-09-2003, 8:25 AM Reply   
Oh, yeah...and if there are waves coming over the bow and stern of the boat, I'd say it's not handling very well.
Old     (monstertower)      Join Date: Mar 2003       05-09-2003, 9:32 PM Reply   
I agree with Salmon, if your offshore you have water conditions that are dangerous in a well weighted comp boat unless you only go on the select days the ocean is smooth, and watch from shore the other days.

Post a thread about what BIG open fishing boats throw a decent wake. If you weight a boat you have to really have a good driver or they will dive it in.

Bill - My $0.02 but I could be wrong !!!
Old     (partyb)      Join Date: Dec 2001       05-12-2003, 2:47 PM Reply   
I believe the two are mutually exclusive. An offshore boat will not have a good wake, and a good inboard wake boat will drive terrible in rough seas and I would never take one offshore (maybe from 6 am to 615 am when the ocean was glass)
Old    ryde4life            05-23-2003, 11:11 AM Reply   
Try the Centurion Tsunami! Check out the other post on the discussion board!
Old     (doorman_sd)      Join Date: Apr 2003       05-23-2003, 6:23 PM Reply   
I'm working on a 22 aquasport its a fishing/ diving/ soon to be wakeboarding as well it throws a decent wake and with som sacs you can go where you are going and then load it up.

now I need a tower (MONSTER TOWER.COM)
Old     (doorman_sd)      Join Date: Apr 2003       05-23-2003, 6:34 PM Reply   
aquasport 22
Old     (doorman_sd)      Join Date: Apr 2003       05-23-2003, 6:56 PM Reply   
Old     (tigeal)      Join Date: Jul 2002       05-23-2003, 9:01 PM Reply   
salmon tacos, I think handling means how well it steers and controls speed with a rider behind the boat. A good handling wakeboat will not allow the rider to pull the boat around and the driver will be able to give a good straight pull at a constant speed, something a tounament style boats excells at.
Not to say that they are the right thing for Offshore use though. My friend has a Parker 25' diesel and it throws a huge wake but it sucks to drive.


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