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Old 02 September 2012, 12:41   #11
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You may still find the need to distribute some weight in the boat. There is a limit to what the tabs can overcome. That also depends on how you use the boat. I tow wakeboarders and foilers so the bowrise on full throttle starts needs to be reasonable. But I really notice it immediately when I forget to lower my tabs and apply power! Have fun.
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Old 04 September 2012, 13:34   #12
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You may still find the need to distribute some weight in the boat. There is a limit to what the tabs can overcome. That also depends on how you use the boat. I tow wakeboarders and foilers so the bowrise on full throttle starts needs to be reasonable. But I really notice it immediately when I forget to lower my tabs and apply power! Have fun.
Weight distribution is fine. Majority of my weight is past centerline of boat. I use it for fishing and hunting.
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I tow wakeboarders and foilers so the bowrise on full throttle starts needs to be reasonable.
Foilers???


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Old 04 September 2012, 16:07   #14
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"Hydrofoilers". Sky Ski is the common name people hear, although it is a brand name.

Below is one of our local boys I have hung out with, named Damon, who is a team rider for Sky Ski. He has or had a house on the Napa River, as it has been a couple years since I have ridden.

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Ha! I am no where near as good as Damon. Way more crashing.
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Ah. Okay; I've seen those before; never knew what they were called (and no, not a chance in hell I'd try that.)

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jky,

Oh yeah, you should try this foiling thing. It is soooo much fun. I was inverted over El Capitan lake yesterday. What could be better than checking out the world from upside down and watching your shadow skip across the water as you fall toward the surface. I often see older riders out just cruising, it is way easier than wakeboarding or skiing. When you aren't on a cut the line dips between the boat and rider. But going big is always a temptation!

Oh yeah, we are running a little faster than you would with a wakeboarder. I'm foiling at 22 mph. My zodiac doesn't want to go fast enough for single skiers with a full load, my skiers like 32+ mph. Wakeboarders average 16 - 18 so that is easy.

I most generally ride behind ski boats with towers, but the Futura with a short pole is a lot of fun. Foiling definitely made me get on distributing my weight and installing tabs. If a low profile Nautique would go fishing offshore and round the point in big surf I would own one. My friends make fun of my inflatable . Ha.

Hope to see what AKBronco has going on with his boat.
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Wakeboarders average 16 - 18 so that is easy.
Ummm...no, try 24.2 mph by GPS behind a Super Air Team Edition. I used an 80ft line, but if the boat was packed with people and ballast full, I rode at 24.5 mph, and used an 85 ft line. I love Nautiques for their steep and solid wakes.

Quote from Peter_C "The better you get, the higher you fly, the harder you fall".

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If a high profile Nautique would go fishing offshore and round the point in big surf I would own one.
Fixed it for you!

Would make an awesome dive boat too!


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Just an update. I did get smart tabs and installed them. Also picked up a brand new 90hp Tohatsu. Got tired of not having power when I needed it. Will update when I get to try out both. Currently 10 degrees and snowing so might be a couple months.
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I have one trip on my new motor and trim tabs. Trim tabs worked flawlessly and I'd recommend them to anyone. I used the protroller brackets and flipped them over to allow for pulling the trim tabs up even with the bottom of the boat. Keeps me from hitting them on the trailer or ground while I am beaching. I did adjust trim tab pressure and will try again. Topped out at 26 knots currently. Jumped on plane at 7 knots and laid down nicely. Not a single ill effect from running them.
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