Hi - especially chunk - don't abuse me too much for the next sentence but recently sold my Seadoo Wake Jet Ski - we primarily use this for wakeboarding in Abersoch North Wales - and it got both the kids up and going and I ran it for 3 years and lost just £500.00 when I sold it. So happy days really!
Anyway to get to the point I am looking at a new Highfield OM 460 with a 50hp Honda - I like the finish of these and the fact we can use the arch as a tow point (wake tower) for wakeboarding behind. The question is will the 50HP engine cut it? I have done some maths on the weight and it appears (unbelievably) to be 25% lighter than the ski I had (including the Honda engine) although that had a 155hp engine (albeit jet propelled). I'll be boarding as well if I can get a driver and I am around 12.5 stone kids are negligible (less than 7 stone each). So has anyone done any wakeboarding/skiing behind these ribs with a 50HP engine and does it cut the mustard? Had boats before and various jet skis but not a rib as yet so I would appreciate any thoughts people have on this for me. Having had a boat 50HP seems a bit on the small side for a 15ft "boat"? Also does anyone have any experience or thoughts on Honda's "Blast" technology that apparently gets you on the plane earlier with some clever boosting of the power at low revs?