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Old 14 April 2016, 08:05   #1
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Ribs for wakeboarding

Hi guys,

New to this and to boating in general.

I am looking at buying a boat for wakeboarding and I am considering a rib.

Are there specific specifications which I should look out for when looking at ribs that would be suitable for wakeboaring?

Can they be altered to generate more wake? Will that impact the power of the rib?

Any help appreciated
Thanks,
Rob
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Old 14 April 2016, 08:33   #2
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You really need for high tow point for wakeboarding so bear in mind a lot of the A frames on sub 6m boats are not rated for towing,
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Hi guys,

New to this and to boating in general.

I am looking at buying a boat for wakeboarding and I am considering a rib.

Are there specific specifications which I should look out for when looking at ribs that would be suitable for wakeboaring?

Can they be altered to generate more wake? Will that impact the power of the rib?

Any help appreciated
Thanks,
Rob
Lot of wake-board boats have adjustable ballast tanks in the stern to change the wake profile - you could always shift some of your boats kit to the rear to see what effect it has on your wake - or add some extra ballast. You won't change the power of the boat, just the way it planes and its 'trim' - a lot of stern weight will drag the arse though the water rather than over it, which will make a nice wake to play in but limit the boats top-end
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Old 14 April 2016, 08:45   #4
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Also you need weight for the wake most proper wake boats have ballast tanks

Ribs really aren't suited to afaik its big bayliner styles with towers or jet skis

Seadoo spark is surprisingly good and seadoo do a specific wake model (tow pole board racks and other bits)


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Old 14 April 2016, 12:42   #5
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We regularly wakeboard off our rib, IMO a good deep vee gives a great wake.

We have a redbay and my brother in law has a ribquest, many boat builders like these cater for these options and in many cases over engineer their A frames so that this can be a simple option for the family. We have both had many hours of wakeboarding, wake skating and towing toys with no issues, even towing two skiers on staggered ropes no problem.

Just make sure you ask about this when you talk to the boat builders

Hope this helps you
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Thanks for all the replies guys, gives me plenty to think about.

Much appreciated!
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Not sure a rib is the best option.. Just bought a 4m with 60 2 stroke, actually tomorrow will be the first ski attempt.. So far the wake is quite small.. I was luck to get a ss plate reinforcement on the transom with tubes bolted to the floor.. Very strong ski bar.. But interior space is a small issue.. Bonus is I can pop on plane instant cos ribs are light!!

For 3 ppl mine is a nice size.. Just enough room for everything plus beers

Look into the mercury spitfire 4 blade props.. Better holeshot and grab.. Plus they retro fit onto any motor.. Received mine last week, very happy so far..

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