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Old    Paul Davis (Paulvette01)      Join Date: Apr 2013       09-13-2013, 6:30 AM Reply   
I've owned a 98 Maristar 225 with ballast added under the front bow seats for 5 years and ride 75ft line length (including the handle) at 22mph, the wake is super wide on the Maristar but this setup works. I am now buying a 2009 X-Star and I'm assuming the wake is narrower foot for foot on the line length.

What line length and tow speed are X-Star riders riding (preferably GPS tow speed as my 22mph on the Maristar is via GPS) as I've seen some guys going slower than us on an X-Star and effortlessly going big so guessing they don't need the speed??
Old    Ron (Nordicron)      Join Date: Aug 2011       09-13-2013, 8:14 AM Reply   
My experience is when loaded with factory plus pro ballast you prob need to ride a min of 22mph. Might have to bump it to 23. I ride 73' at 22.8 and it seems to work good for me.
Old    Paul Davis (Paulvette01)      Join Date: Apr 2013       09-13-2013, 8:48 AM Reply   
sweet, sounds pretty much the same as where we are at now so will use that as my starting point.. Thanks
Old    Bryce Stevens (SS_Hooke102)      Join Date: Sep 2011       09-13-2013, 4:10 PM Reply   
depends on the board as well, but i tend to ride about 70' at 22.4 we ride on a river though so that is constantly changing.
Old    Dennis (denystaucd)      Join Date: Feb 2003       09-15-2013, 11:26 PM Reply   
intermediate riders 68-72' at 22.5-23.5mph depending on rider and conditions; if there casing the wake speed up 0.5mph, slow down if there landing in the flats. factory ballast plus a 400# in the walk way

newer riders 60' from 20 to 21.5 no ballast

me 80' at 25mph lots and lots of ballast.
I've seen riders go effortlessly big(seemly) , but image they'd do it behind an i/o too!
Cheers,
DC
Old    Dave W (njskier)      Join Date: Jul 2005       09-21-2013, 5:27 AM Reply   
Beginners, no ballast, 60-65 ft and 20-21 mph
Intermediate, stock ballast, 70-75 ft and 22.5-23 mph
Advanced, 2400 lbs ballast, 75-80 ft, 24-25 mph

I think you'll find the wake is pretty wide on the X-star, maybe even wider than your Maristar.

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