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Old    WakesetterLSV (closedtoe)      Join Date: Jan 2007       05-26-2007, 10:23 PM Reply   
Today I decided to ride my LSV without the wedge down and I liked how the wake was shaped. Do you run with or with out the (manual) wedge down and what is your weight configuration? BTW, Mines just stock. I'm trying to find a good weight configuration.
Old    Sam Aikele (atropine)      Join Date: Aug 2004       05-27-2007, 1:21 AM Reply   
I have a 2004 WS 23 LSV. The stock MLS ballast in 2004 includes the 750-pound (combined) front and center tanks, and 2 250-lb tanks above the floor in each rear corner. Coming from an early-90's DD ski boat, I was amazed at how nice the wake was in stock form. But I wanted more, so I removed the rear hard tanks and replaced them each with a 750-lb sac that is plumbed exactly like the hard tanks were. Then I added about 600 pounds of lead in sacs and PVC pipe in various places around the boat. My experience has been that the boat likes to have this extra lead weight pretty balanced throughout the boat, but a little more toward the front. I put some behind the driver's footwell, some up by the battery, and some under the side seats and some in the built-in cooler (which we never use anyway). The wake has the same shape, but is significantly bigger than it was stock. I still like to run with the wedge down, because it seems to add a little lip at the top. It does make the boat slower to get out of the hole. A few weeks ago we had a bunch of family visiting, so with 6 adults and several kids in the boat, the wake was the biggest I have ever ridden. However, we only have the 340 Monsoon, so it was slow to get out of the hole with all that weight. I am going to re-prop to an ACME 1235. I am just amazed at how the wake keeps getting bigger and bigger with more weight.
Old    Ben Holman (riverside)      Join Date: Mar 2002       05-27-2007, 1:40 AM Reply   
not a LSV but just want to inform about the blocks.

I have a vlx and played arround alot with sacks etc.the wake is pro.I never liked those twin sacks on the floor and walkthrue.Jobe makes those square Baby blocks that fit perfectly in the walkthrue.To bad they are just a inch or o to high to put them under the seats etc...they fit in a x-2 x-star etc..

I have MLS & bow tank full -Wedge Up!
1 block up front 3 blocks in the walkthrue 3 on the floor 2 on backseat 400lbs of lead under the rear-seats.
we run propane so those tanks are about 90 on each side in the rear storage compartment.
with 3 or 4 riders the wake is pretty good.
you,ll need a acme 1235 prop.
A LSV might need a little more weight as it is a 23 ft boat.

I have some (poor)footage of the wake with this set-up speed 24 line 80.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zpkI9hoDIU

speed 21.6 line 65ft
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTkcwOWKXFY


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(Message edited by riverside on May 27, 2007)
Old    Nu Bu (05mobiuslsv)      Join Date: Apr 2006       05-27-2007, 6:11 AM Reply   
Using propane. How does that work for you. What was the conversion like, any loss of power that you can notice?
Old    WakesetterLSV (closedtoe)      Join Date: Jan 2007       05-27-2007, 9:10 AM Reply   
How much does each of those blocks weigh?
Old    Ben Holman (riverside)      Join Date: Mar 2002       05-27-2007, 12:04 PM Reply   
european gas prices are a bit high,a lpg conversion makes a profit after 130 hours,we do +/- 500 a season,most skiboats in europe have a propane conversion.With a single point lpg conversion there is a slight powerloss but with the modern lpg MPI you can,t feel any difference.
1 block is rated 86lbs but can hold up to 100 lbs maybe more bu they are getting round or a ball kind of shape,about 93 is good.

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