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Old    TSO (tyler_o)      Join Date: Nov 2004       06-29-2005, 9:27 AM Reply   
If you follow all the recommendations listed here and elsewhere....

1) Use water ballast, not lead
2) Come to a stop before slowly turning around
3) When you drop a Wakesurfer have peeps move to the other side of the boat to balance the load

....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.
Old    4sher            06-29-2005, 1:46 PM Reply   
TSO, you have come up with a good list. I would add 2 more:

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.

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.
Old    TSO (tyler_o)      Join Date: Nov 2004       06-29-2005, 4:31 PM Reply   

Good points! I too turn towards the ballast even when the natural tendency of the loaded hull may start tracking the opposite direction.

I haven't heard of anyone swamping yet but I don't want to be "that guy".
Old    Larry Mann (niap101)      Join Date: Jul 2004       06-29-2005, 8:22 PM Reply   
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.
Old    clubjoeskier            07-05-2005, 8:22 AM Reply   
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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