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Old    JM (iukekini)      Join Date: Apr 2007       07-18-2007, 5:53 PM Reply   
This weekend I was at the Walled Lake Wake Tournament and I got the chance to ride behind an Epic boat, and thought I would share my experience with the Wakeworld community.

First for a little background: I normally ride behind and 88 ski Nautique with about 2500 lbs of ballast. I like a steep wake. The board I was riding was a 142 Recoil.

The Epic comes stock with 4000 lbs of ballast, and we put about another 1000lbs in the boat and had about 6 people in it.

The first thing I noticed when riding was how fast the boat got up on plane. With that much weight in the boat I was expecting to be playing in the white wash for a long time.

The wake on this boat was sick! It is a very steep wake and huge. I was a little bit worried about how narrow it looked but since it pops you straight up, it wasnít a problem at all. The wake was also really well mannered. The lip was really clean and there was no white wash where I was riding (80 or 85 feet). Even when the weight in the boat was off balanced the wake didnít wash out as bad as I would have expected it to.

While riding I couldnít get over how awesome the wake was. I love to feel a strong kick off the top of the wake, and this wake had a ton of kick. I was poping some of the biggest, loftiest spins, it felt like I had forever to hold the grabs.

The interior of the boat is nice, typical v-drive configuration. There was plenty of storage in the v-driver compartments and under the seats. It was a little lacking in bow storage and the bow of the boat itself is really small. Itís nice for driving because there isnít a large bow blocking your view and we never once got close to dipping the nose, but there is only enough space for two people.

The only thing that I really didnít like about the boat was the throttle. It was more like an I/O throttle than a ski boat. When driving I didnít feel like I could make small adjustments to the speed, or give it more power in a turn while using perfect pass. With that said the perfect pass unit does a good job of holding speed while driving, and the dash configuration is well laid out.

Overall I was really impressed with the Epic. The wake was sick for sure and the 8.1 liter Volvo gets the boat up on plane in a hurry and surprising wasnít too hard on gas. I thought for sure we would have gone through more gas. If you get the chance to ride behind this boat I would definitely not pass it by, you will be glad you did.

Let me know if you have any questions about my experience on the Epic.
Old    Nate (norcalmalibu)      Join Date: Jun 2004       07-18-2007, 9:15 PM Reply   
So your telling me in order to have a sick weight I need 5000 pounds of ballast?

IMO, thats insane what did you use for the extra weight and how was it configured?
Old    Antbug (antbug)      Join Date: Jul 2004       07-18-2007, 9:49 PM Reply   
Great review. I have to agree with everything you say.

Nate - Why is that insane? Most people I know put 2-3k in their 21 footers. Remember this is a 23 foot boat with a high freeboard and can handle that much weight with no problem. I don't think the Epic 23V needs 5k, but to each his own.

Again JM... Great review.
Old    JM (iukekini)      Join Date: Apr 2007       07-18-2007, 10:21 PM Reply   
5000 lbs in a 23 foot boat is not unreasonable at all, nor is it necessary for a sick wake. Although if I would have had more time and access to more fat sacs I would have put more weight in it(there was still a lot of room in that boat for ballast). The boat has two stock 1500 lb tanks in the back, and then another 1000 in the bow. We put another 300 in each V-drive compartment and 400 in the bow.

The wake without any ballast still looked decent, but was much more rampy than I would have expected. I didn't ride it but I did watch it from the boat.


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