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Old    Bill Bierbower (monstertower)      Join Date: Mar 2003       04-28-2008, 12:13 PM Reply   
I just sold my RZ2 and am looking for a boat that will get used mostly for wakeskating at about 16 mph. Most boats, especially V-Drives seem to have pretty washed out wakes until you get around 18-20 mph. My bud has a 2001 Malibu Wakesetter inboard that I ride behind and it has a fantastic wake, even down at 14mph where my youngest rides. I may end up with one like his but wanted to get others advice first. What boats have you wakeskated behind that have clean wakes down at about 16mph.
Old    Montgomery (lovin_the_wake)      Join Date: Jul 2007       04-28-2008, 1:03 PM Reply   
why do you wanna ride that slow ?
Old    Ryan Lacefield (26lacefield)      Join Date: Aug 2006       04-28-2008, 8:10 PM Reply   
i really don't think many boats at all will have a clean wake at 16. it seems at that speed it would be hard to get the baord to pop properly.
Old    Bill Bierbower (monstertower)      Join Date: Mar 2003       04-29-2008, 12:19 PM Reply   
I ride normally at about 18-20 but have sons and a wife that like to ride slower. The wakesetter is impressive as it's clean from about 14 up. Probably slower than most people ride so may have a hard time finding people that know what their wake looks like at "sissy speed"
Old    882001 (882001)      Join Date: Nov 2003       04-29-2008, 3:51 PM Reply   
check that with a gps?
Old    Brit Rider (brit_rider)      Join Date: May 2004       04-30-2008, 5:06 AM Reply   
Hey Bill :-)

You probably already know this but the smaller boats generally do better for this area; big boats with big beams are best for big wakes but they have to be travelling faster to accomplish it. Best boat I know of for slower speeds/nice wake are the direct drive air nautiques due to their smaller size and skinnier beam. Not great for rougher water, or filling with people but they make for a beautifully formed lip for skating behind at the lower speeds...

I think you may have to compromise though and go bigger - there's no way you'll get more than like 3-4 bikini models in one of those smaller direct drives. ;)

Mike

(Message edited by brit_rider on April 30, 2008)
Old    Bill Bierbower (monstertower)      Join Date: Mar 2003       05-02-2008, 8:45 AM Reply   
Great point Mike with model space I agree bigger boats may just not be able to have a decent wake down there. I do keep a handheld GPS with me in the boat and use that to monitor speed most the time. It's also fun to take on a jet ski as nearly all are slower than the speedometer?
Old    Art (rallyart)      Join Date: Nov 2006       05-02-2008, 9:09 AM Reply   
Monster, you weight the bow heavily to clean up the wake at slow speed and don't weight the rear. If you have a wake plate it will help a lot.
I tow my kids on skate or board below 16 all the time. My Daughter likes to try her spins at about 10 mph inside the wake.
I have a Sanger D215 with adjustable plate and can get a clean wake as low as 11 MPH at 50'. The wake is about the same up to 15-16 at which time the wake is clean back to about 65'
At 16 mph I can start adjusting the plate to steepen the wake and my 8 year old cleared wake to wake on 50' or rope at that speed at the end of last season.
Old    Brit Rider (brit_rider)      Join Date: May 2004       05-02-2008, 2:33 PM Reply   
Bill,
Yeah its weird that... my SeaDoo has a tendency to think its going faster than it is... Running against the boat (boat topping at 50) the ski thinks its doing 60!

So have you taken a trip to the boat dealer with your cheque book yet? Any ideas on which way you're leaning yet?

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