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    how fast do most of you like to wakeboard? depending on how smooth the water is.........i tend to like speeds of around 17 on smooth and 15 or so on rough. my buddy likes to run around 22 on smooth and 20 in the rough, that seems awful fast when watching him......its like he is waterskiing instead of wakeboarding. just curious to see what speeds people with more experience use. thanks- jim

  • #2
    Wakeboar speeds

    Me and my brothers all like to wakeboard between 20 and 22. Sometimes we take it up to 24 and see who can do the biggest superman
    Guns don't kill people, I kill people

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    • #3
      I normally ask for 18-20, but think it also depends on how sharp you can cut and what you are trying to do. I have a 142 size Hyperlite board.

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      • #4
        22-24 with 65' of rope.

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        • #5
          21-22 mph

          But the answers to this question may not help you much unless you can confirm the calibration of everybody's speedos. My 2003 ProStar 209 was off 2 mph when it came from the dealer. Have calibrated to GPS since then.
          Last edited by DanC; 08-16-2004, 01:18 PM.
          2003 ProStar 209, 2 flags, 8 cup holders

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          • #6
            The more weight in the boat and the longer the line length - the faster you need to go. I ride at 23mph at 75'. If you are at a shorter line length and don't have a heavily weighted boat you can go slower and the wake won't wash out.

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            • #7
              The PS190 Doesnt have much of a wake so we tend to go faster then i'd like about 23. We ususaly have people in the back seat and a full tank of gas when we try to wakeboard. But we only wakeboard when its rough!
              OIL YOUR TEAK DECK!

              92 PS190 - Its red.

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              • #8
                21.7mph at 70'
                In wine there is wisdom,
                in beer there is freedom,
                in water there is bacteria.
                -Ben Franklin

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                • #9
                  Hey Sled,

                  To a large degree, it's dependant on your wake - i.e. at what speed is it at it's best shape?

                  Wes

                  while you're sleeping, things are breaking
                  '89 Maristar 240, 454, 1:1, 13:13 Acme

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                  • #10
                    I agree, its best to go off the wake. for me it normally ends up being about 20 or so. Hold that speed whenever the wake stops washing out. IF not, your not getting the most out of your wake.

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                    • #11
                      18 if it's choppy; 20 if not - 65' of rope
                      2002 MariStar 210 VRS 330hp, Tower, Perfect Pass Stargazer, Bimini, Triple KGB Ballast, 400w Clarion XMD3, Bennett X-14 Wake Plate, 1000+ hours and still running great!

                      Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pristine, well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "-- WOW--What a Ride!"

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                      • #12
                        21-23mph with 65' of rope and we ride in mostly smooth water.
                        [Originally Posted by kjohnson
                        Did you take the boater's test prior to purchasing. Flush a $100 bill down the toilet. If it bothers you, you aren't ready to own a boat.

                        Jeff
                        Blue Skies and Soft Landings
                        2005 X-Star LQ9 with closed cooling
                        1998 PS205 Sammy W/Monster Tower SOLD

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                        • #13
                          We usually have about 2000 lbs, of ballast, 75-80 feet of rope, and 22-23 feet of rope.
                          If we use less ballast, the speed drops, and so does the rope length.
                          "Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers, but to be fearless when facing them."

                          1999 X-star, 330 LTR, Zero FLex tower.

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                          • #14
                            Are you guys always changing speeds while riding? I usually set the speed around 18 but find myself going up and down with rough water or different tricks.

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                            • #15
                              Wow, times change (looking at my 2005 post). Most riding now is 21 - 24; 75 feet
                              2002 MariStar 210 VRS 330hp, Tower, Perfect Pass Stargazer, Bimini, Triple KGB Ballast, 400w Clarion XMD3, Bennett X-14 Wake Plate, 1000+ hours and still running great!

                              Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pristine, well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "-- WOW--What a Ride!"

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