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Old    Eric Scott (phillywakeboarder)      Join Date: Sep 2008       10-24-2013, 12:08 PM Reply   
I'm thinking of applying for a permit to put a kicker where we ride, but before I do I wanted to get a little feedback. First, do floating kickers work? Our riding spot is tidal, and the difference between high and low tide is around 8 feet, so it'll have to float. If floating kickers basically suck, I don't think I'll go to the trouble. Second, has anyone had to put lights on a kicker to satisfy regulations, i.e., to make it visible to boaters at night? I'm wondering how much maintenance is involved. Thanks guys!
Old     (Ttime41)      Join Date: Nov 2011       10-24-2013, 6:39 PM Reply   
Have you ever ridden cable? I've never been to a park that didn't have a floating kicker. So yes, they work.
Old    Eric Scott (phillywakeboarder)      Join Date: Sep 2008       10-24-2013, 8:14 PM Reply   
I've never been to a cable park. I guess I just assumed that all the kickers at the parks are attached to the bottom with poles or something, but if they're all floating on ropes that's good news.
Old    Eubanks (eubanks01)      Join Date: Jun 2001       10-25-2013, 8:44 AM Reply   
Most every single rail and kicker at a cable park are floating so they can easily change the configuration. Just anchor it well and you'll be good to go.
Old    A-dub (behindtheboat)      Join Date: Aug 2006       10-25-2013, 10:39 AM Reply   
We had a waterski jump on a public lake and had lights that operated off of a solar panel blinking on a gate at the top.
Old    Sander (tripsw)      Join Date: May 2006       10-26-2013, 1:52 PM Reply   
You'll need 4 anchors to keep it in place, or maybe 3 will do.
A problem I'm facing is that the difference between high and low level in our lake is possibly 30 feet. Any suggestions for a good and simple way to keep the anchor-ropes tight, so the kicker won't float all through the bay on loose ropes?
Old    Ross Dantonio (RossDantonio)      Join Date: Mar 2013       10-26-2013, 5:15 PM Reply   
In order to keep the kicker anchored and stable during fluctuating tides or water levels you need an anchor, length of anchor line, hinge point, and a counter weight...

For arguments sake the following example would take account for an anchor directly below the kicker... Lets say you have a lake that's 20' keep, and fluctuates 5' in depth. Tie a 30' line to your 50lb anchor, run that line through a pulley attached to the base of your kicker, on the other end of the line attach an anchor of lesser weight. As the water levels fluctuate and your kicker floats on the surface, it will remain anchored via the anchor and fluctuating counterweight. This method works well for fluctuating water levels or a kicker that's consistently subject to large wakes.

-Cheers!
Old    Sander (tripsw)      Join Date: May 2006       10-27-2013, 8:40 PM Reply   
Yay! Thanks Ross!

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