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Old    Dawson Bernas (dbernas98)      Join Date: Aug 2013       08-25-2013, 11:05 AM Reply   
Im wanting to buy a wake boat but i live on a creek and the water can get low at times and i was wondering how deep the boats sit in the water including the fin or what ever they are called on the bottum
Old    Brandon Zubke (bzubke1)      Join Date: Feb 2010       08-25-2013, 12:43 PM Reply   
You can look up the draft on most models on their website. I think most are in the 2ft range with some being more and some being less.
Old    Art (rallyart)      Join Date: Nov 2006       08-25-2013, 12:49 PM Reply   
draft for a ski boat can be 18-21"
Deeper V's might be 26-29"
Most will be around 24"
Old    Surf Addict (Desi) (phathom)      Join Date: Jun 2013       08-25-2013, 3:17 PM Reply   
Please note that those specs are without ballast. Throw in a couple thousand pounds and you will go deeper.
Old     (JetRanger)      Join Date: Feb 2013       08-25-2013, 3:23 PM Reply   
Yes excellent point. I would like to add that any weight will make the boat sit lower in the water not just ballast. I've heard the more weight the deeper it will sit. The weight can be in the form of people, sacks of barley, ballast, newspaper flyers, ice climbing spikes whatever.

Some boats will even sink down as low as the bottom of the lake if they have too much weight.
Old     (JetRanger)      Join Date: Feb 2013       08-25-2013, 3:25 PM Reply   
To the Op, there are some brands that are better to have on shallow water, such as MB, Tige, Sanger and Axis. Bear this in mind while boat shopping.
Old    Frank Berg (Iceberg)      Join Date: Dec 2011       08-25-2013, 9:04 PM Reply   
Count on 36" minimum and then add a few inches for safety. As me how I know? See my Hit a Rock, rudder repair thread. When you weight it it could drop another 9-12 inches. The best way is to measure the deck to the bottom point and then be very aware of the water depth. One inch too low is all it takes!
Old    Nick Tomsyck (sidekicknicholas)      Join Date: Mar 2007       08-26-2013, 7:09 AM Reply   
If it is only a small stretch to get through that is shallow you have some options....

When I was living in Florida the Winter Haven chain was pretty low and to get through the canals sometimes we would have to inflate a tube under the swim platform helping raise the ass-end of the boat up enough to push through.
Old    RB (boardman74)      Join Date: Jul 2012       08-26-2013, 3:35 PM Reply   
Also keep in mind the rear of the boat will squat when you take off. This will drop the boat atleast a foot past whatever the deepest draft is.
Old    Scott (scottb7)      Join Date: Oct 2012       08-26-2013, 3:58 PM Reply   
2008 super air nautique 210 as draft of 28"
Old    Ron (Nordicron)      Join Date: Aug 2011       08-26-2013, 5:21 PM Reply   
Quote:
Originally Posted by sidekicknicholas View Post
If it is only a small stretch to get through that is shallow you have some options....

When I was living in Florida the Winter Haven chain was pretty low and to get through the canals sometimes we would have to inflate a tube under the swim platform helping raise the ass-end of the boat up enough to push through.
Awesome idea!
Old    KDA (idaho_hillbilly)      Join Date: Jun 2009       08-27-2013, 12:05 AM Reply   
Do these "draft" calculations include the rudder, prop, and skags?
Old    Frank Berg (Iceberg)      Join Date: Dec 2011       08-27-2013, 7:44 AM Reply   
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Do these "draft" calculations include the rudder, prop, and skags?
Yes, but they should also tell you the speed, weight, trim and deck angle or rise needed to achieve that. The rudder and or prop are almost always the deepest points. Regardless of what may be posted on a website, the swim-deck on most boats just sits above or at the water-line. So measuring from that point to the bottom of all dangling items will give you a good idea of what it really is. Of course, the boat will squat when under initial acceleration and will rise on plane. If the water is low, don't go, go somewhere else or go dead slow to prevent major structural collateral damage and check depth frequently with a calibrated pole.

For the OP, if it is just deep enough to run safely, it still may not deep enough to board or surf safely. You don't want to take a header into the creek bed! As well, you need somewhat deeper water to develop a good surf wave.
Old    RB (boardman74)      Join Date: Jul 2012       08-27-2013, 12:51 PM Reply   
Draft is the boat sitting in the water flat to the lowest point projecting from the hull. That is going to be the prop tips or rudder.

If your running in less than 10 feet forget a surf wave. If your running in really shallow..6 or less, probably forget about much wakeboard wake either. Shallow water really kills it.

Bottom line anything less than 4 feet and your going to either get hurt or damage the boat.
Old    KDA (idaho_hillbilly)      Join Date: Jun 2009       08-28-2013, 12:06 AM Reply   
Huh?! Learned something new today....thanks guys!

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