Bryce, Ohhhh... Goofy, that's more difficult.
First low gunnels, compared to the Avy, I'd say the gunnels of the Lightning are relatively low. If the gunnels are low you have to watch how much weight youíre using. A bass boat is much worse but I donít think that anyone is surfing behind a bass boat with fully loaded live wells.
I can get a good goofy side wake but itís harder. I have a hydraulic trim tab. When we surf on the goofy side we set the trim tab 50% to 100% down, mostly 100% down. We set the tab all the way up for regular surf. I donít know if the goofy trim tab trick works on other boats, if you try it, let me know.
Iíd also recommend playing with your set up while youíre still in the boat. Move people forward and back play with speed, play with the trim tab. Make changes slowly, wait a minute or two to see how the change in set up works. Get a wake that you think looks good. Then get out a try surfing with the best looking setup but be prepared to continue to adjust while youíre out on the wake.
We surf about one mph slower on the goofy side. Itís really important on my boat to get a hard list going, about 20 degrees. We were hiking out to get a good list and wake but caught a lot of flack for it. Iíve since mounted weights on the tower to help with the list, draws a lot of looks too.
Iíve made a number of experiments including working on filling the spray pockets and filling in the Lightning hull extension. I think that some of the ski boat hull features actually help building a surf wake but often funky surface features appear until you really get the wake dialed in.
There are a couple of other tricks I use to make the goofy wake a little better but Iím not prepared to share.
When I dunk the Centurion lettering, the wake is always good.
That's about 18 degrees of list
Don't do this any more, The local patrol knows I used to do this, they didn't say anything at the time. I'm on a first name basis with these guys now and now know that they thought about stopping me.
We don't hike out any more we use tower mounted ballast
That's about the best looking Goofy wake picture I have
It was getting dark when we took this picture - looks cool.
Filling in spray pockets, not a good idea
(Message edited by Bigshow on May 09, 2007)