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05-18-2007, 08:17 PM
Something like a 230 Maristar with the 330HP(I still like saying that) can you just have the driver gun it all the way.

I hadn't skied since I was 18, that was 18 years ago (an' I'm only 36).

Anyway after stuggling like a mo'fo, losing weight and 3 times not getting up (we did once).

I finally today had my wife start really slow out of the hole. Poof! I'm up.

I grew up sking on a 16 foot 100 HP (it was perfect for then) and this 330 just kills me even on the large 23. I did something to my sternum a few weeks ago. Finally got up though; now, it's like riding a bike (finally!)).

But, back to my question, do these boats REALLY have that much power (even at 23 feet)? Or am I just that out of shape now?

05-18-2007, 08:44 PM
...... 330 HP. Thats a lot of power compared to what you use to ski behind.
These boats are built to pull.

05-18-2007, 09:41 PM
I'm pulled up behind my 310hp 19ft MC at full throtle. I am a little on the large side though. About 235-240lbs. I did have trouble years ago when I first started behind inboards as aposed to lesser vesles. Took a while back then to get used to. But now I don't think I could get up with less power.

05-18-2007, 10:21 PM
You'll get used to it. I did. I went from "a little easier on the throttle OK?" about 2 years ago to "go ahead and hit it" today. :)

05-18-2007, 10:33 PM
I have the 2000 version of that boat and I prefer the constantly increasing acceleration, but I have a friend that says hammer and he can normally hold on and pop up quick. I have him up to 36MPH in 6-8 seconds which is very quick. He is 170 pounds or so and I'm 210.

It is more important to get a pull that is consistent. I can get up everytime for a year and get a new driver and not get up couple times until we "talk" :D

05-18-2007, 10:36 PM
I've always preferred VERY hot starts. I haven't been behind a big block boat but all the small block boats I have ski'd I prefer it "ALL & NOW!!" :cool:

TI Skiier
05-19-2007, 01:28 AM
I like the soft but continuous ramp up in power. As long as the driver continues to accelerate - you'll be up shortly!