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Maristar210
04-03-2005, 09:22 PM
Anyone in here from Western Michigan? Just wondering


Steve

wiltok
04-03-2005, 09:32 PM
How about Southwestern lower? My summer place is in Sister Lakes - about 20 miles east of St. Joe/Benton Harbor. I service my boat at Action Water Sports - great people to do business with....

-Keith

jemathi
04-03-2005, 09:47 PM
Chesterton Indiana, but we usually go to the Sister Lakes also

Greg Finses
04-03-2005, 10:55 PM
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Primary Lakes: Duncan Lake and Barlow Lake :eek3:

wakesport
04-03-2005, 11:30 PM
Crystal Lake near Frankfort, Mi

Holtrodj
04-03-2005, 11:32 PM
We're in Grand Rapids. Weekends at Selkirk Lake (just west of Gun Lake).

DonMunro
04-04-2005, 09:49 AM
I'm in Southern Michigan. My family is mainly on Baldwin Lake in Union. We ski many sites.

94PS190
04-04-2005, 09:51 AM
I am on Gravel lake in Lawton.

94PS190
04-04-2005, 09:53 AM
Do you guy's on Sisters Lakes have any experience with the MC dealer there. I think it it's called Midway marine. Just curious?

Maristar210
04-04-2005, 01:36 PM
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Primary Lakes: Duncan Lake and Barlow Lake :eek3:


Wow I did not expect so many replies from Michigan. That is great !!
I just got mine from Action Water Sports. I bought it at the boat show this year after some persuading from myself, the Action Salesman and a wee bit of alcohol she; (the wife) caved. Have owned others like Whaler, pontoons and jet ski's over the years.

Water location: Thornapple River in Cascade (outside Grand Rapids)

See you guys on the water!!!!

Thanks Steve

wiltok
04-04-2005, 02:45 PM
"Do you guy's on Sisters Lakes have any experience with the MC dealer there. I think it it's called Midway marine. Just curious?"

Yes - my summer home about 1 mile from Midway. What do you want to know??

94PS190
04-05-2005, 11:28 AM
Have you had good luck with the parts/ service dept? Would you recommend them?

wiltok
04-05-2005, 12:51 PM
Yes - the guy who runs service is named Jimmy and he is a great guy. Although I have not serviced my MC there - he has serviced my Donzi. He is honest, straight shooter who seems to really care about fixing boats.

Midway is a little different than many dealerships - the dealership and the service dept are two separate groups. The dealership just came under new ownership - the owners name is Randy and so far I am impressed with him. I am in the process of buying a pier and he has been bending over backward to help me.

Like I mentioned, I have a place right there - if you are dropping your boat off let me know. I have an X-9 right on the lake...

jjsosnowski
04-05-2005, 08:45 PM
Hey Steve, I also am from G.R. presently live on Bills lake in Newaygo. Im skiing in a barefoot tournament on the thournapple in cascade the end of April. Last year I was skiing with a guy that bought a new malibu under M6 when the motor crapped the bed. He didnt learn. Bought another new one this year. He's a promo skier for the edge. I am going to pick up my boat from action next week.Next time your in action tell the boys I said hi,I barefoot ski with them. Later.

Granite_33
04-06-2005, 12:25 PM
Live in SW OH, but we weekend in Coldwater, MI area.

North, Randall, Cemetary, Morrison Lakes.

Bought the X-9 from Action this year. Cannot say enough good things about em :headbang:

mika
04-06-2005, 03:48 PM
I live in Lake Orion right now but the boat is in LeRoy MI. All this warm weather is giving me the itch to ski!


LeRoy is about 25 miles south of Cadillac.

murphfsu
04-06-2005, 04:21 PM
Just moved to Rockford from Jacksonville, Florida. I have been scoping the lakes for the past 2 months -- hard to get an idea of where I want to ski with all that ice on the water.

jjsosnowski
04-07-2005, 10:09 PM
whats wrong with this picture. Move from sunny florida where you can boat year round to rockford.The lakes there are over crowded.Good luck trying to find good water. If you find some let us know.

jjsosnowski
04-07-2005, 10:13 PM
Just messing with you. Try the muskegon river.Put in at oxbow.Pack a luch,Its a nice trip,and good skiing early before the cigarette boats come out.

94PS190
04-12-2005, 10:24 AM
wiltok - Thanks for the info, I will give them a try next time something comes up. Do you spend any time at BT's

pdoppenheim
04-12-2005, 11:55 AM
We ski on Big Platte lake in Benzie County. We have access to Long Lake (the one in Benzie) but don't know if it's skiable. Any help for the area? Any courses up there?

wiltok
04-12-2005, 01:27 PM
94PS190,

I used to go to BT's quite often - but as I get older (and have a sig other) I am staying away from bars. Next time in the area - go to Zeke's in Dowagiac - good food, over 300 beers, inexpensive!

Hey fellow Michiganders - when are you de-winterizing your boats? I don't want to risk a block cracking but am itching to start skiing.

brady1022
04-12-2005, 05:18 PM
I know the feeling, I'm thinkin around the end of this month or early may, however I'm a bit further south than dowagiac in Grand Rapids so might be a little less risky. I know a few guys who have already been on the water at Hess Lake.
-Brady

murphfsu
04-13-2005, 02:42 PM
River skiing sounds good -- I was on Black Creek in Florida. It is warm down there -- warmer than you can image in the summer. Thanks for the tip -- I will head up there.

ohh and I forgot to mention the Gators and Cotton Mouths that are everywhere in Florida -- It may be warm -- but the water is filled with Critters -- For five years I boarded with the thought of Gators in the back of my mind.

Everyone has talked about how crowded it is up here -- but I cannot image it being more crowded than in Florida -- On any given day I was assured of seeing at least one Air Nautique, Malibu, a couple MC's, and a gang of Redneck Wallies tubing on the glassy water . . .

Vern Swieringa
04-13-2005, 03:38 PM
I usually put in either at Hutchins Lake in Fennville or Lake Macatawa, when I feel like taking a ride on the Big Lake. We live in Holland, but closer to Saugatuck. I too cannot say enough good about Action Water Sports. We bought our 230 last year and had a few minor problems, and they gave excellent service. I pick mine up on the 25th of this month. :)

mika
04-14-2005, 10:20 AM
Man heading up to LeRoy this weekend. I am so tempted to put her in a ski some. But not sure about the weather yet. Dont want to freeze anything because of a cold snap.

RoscoB190
04-14-2005, 01:09 PM
I'm from Holland and I typically ski on Minor Lake (near Allegan) and I occasionly ski on Big Star Lake...when it's not a complete free-for-all. I actually got a few ski runs in last weekend. It was a little chilly but well worth it! The water got warmer evertime I fell :) Ditto on Action Water Sports! They do an awesome job!

Greg Finses
04-16-2005, 10:08 PM
Put the boat in today, filled up the sacs and hit the 40 degree water :eek: with the wake board. Not bad for 4/16, especially when we were snowboarding late last month at Nubs Nob - love that super pipe :banana: .

Action Water Sports is my home away from home. My hats off to Jerry and his crew.

erkoehler
04-24-2005, 01:39 AM
So, did you get any snow today???

wiltok
04-24-2005, 08:04 AM
Yes - I took this picture this morning (Sunday the 24th) around 6:00 AM. I can't believe two weeks ago I was in shorts/t-shirt down by the water....

mckay4
04-24-2005, 01:01 PM
This Michigan weather is putting a damper on the wakeboarding! Almost 12 hours so far this season of wakeboarding and cruising

erkoehler
04-24-2005, 02:01 PM
That is too funny!

erkoehler
04-24-2005, 02:03 PM
Did you have to rewinterize!?

brady1022
04-24-2005, 02:57 PM
Yeah I'm movin back from Coloardo tomorrow (monday) and I am all excited to get bacck and get teh boat in the water....however all I've heard is that the last few days have been very cold and wet.....2 inches of snow in the detroit area....eh what a mess...hopefully it'll be nice again by the time I get back into GR. as long as the lake's not frozen I"ll be there! -Brady

erkoehler
04-24-2005, 03:49 PM
I think all the lakes have opened up, and this cold snap won't make any ice.

mckay4
04-24-2005, 04:01 PM
No, I just put a drop light hanging between the engine and the heater core. I had a temp gauge in it last night and it stayed around 55, temp only got to 33/32 though.

erkoehler
04-24-2005, 04:04 PM
That makes it easier, is it still snowing?

ski36short
04-24-2005, 05:20 PM
Still snowing here. I pulled the boat out yesterday morning and put it in the garage to keep the cover from tearing under the weight of the snow - canopy isn't up yet. When it melts it will probably do some damage to the water temps...

erkoehler
04-24-2005, 05:32 PM
yep, sure will.

mckay4
04-25-2005, 07:42 PM
Michigan weather is unbelievable, big difference one day can make!

erkoehler
04-25-2005, 08:02 PM
That looks like summer!

bobk
05-18-2005, 09:54 PM
First post.

I'm on Gun Lake in the Summer.

mbeach
05-18-2005, 10:00 PM
Just moved to Rockford from Jacksonville, Florida. I have been scoping the lakes for the past 2 months -- hard to get an idea of where I want to ski with all that ice on the water.
yo murph - was raised in jax and now live in iowa. also, am a nole and worked for fsu before i moved to the frozen north. still have my season football tickets and usually do a game or 2 each year.

Upper Michigan Prostar190
05-23-2005, 06:25 PM
I'm from the Upper peninsula. On Lake superior.

RickDV
06-07-2005, 12:52 AM
I'm from Grand Rapids (southeast side). Like to ski along the Grand River near Allendale. Also ski Reeds Lake (5 minutes from home, but too busy on weekends.)

My son and I ski with the Grand City Skiers (West Michigan Water Ski Assoc.) Check us out at http://www.wmwsa.org/

If you love skiing (Cypress Garden style show skiing) you should think about joining!

boatless
06-28-2005, 06:16 PM
Hey guy,

I live on Gun Lake, Robin Bay. I have been looking at an X9 at action water for a while. I have seen a few moombus on the lake, let me know how you like the Mastercraft.

Thanks,

Alex.

Holtrodj
06-28-2005, 10:03 PM
I live in Standale (Walker) and ski on the Grand River near Allendale as well as Gun and Selkirk lakes south of Wayland.

Does any one know of any ski courses on public water in the Grand Rapids area?

RoscoB190
06-29-2005, 01:26 PM
I know Green Lake has a course and I'm almost positive it has public access. It's located about 20 minutes south of Grand Rapids on the east side of US 131. I haven't skied it but friends of mine have.

Holtrodj
06-29-2005, 08:01 PM
Yeah, I knew about Green Lake - just hoping someone knew on one closer the the NW side of town.

Thanks though!

PondPwr
06-30-2005, 08:40 PM
We live in Rockford. We ski Murray lake, Wabasis, Lincoln lake, and Big Pine Island. All are within 10 minutes of the house. Its soooooo easy to get home from work and hit the water within 15 minutes.

Holtrodj
07-05-2005, 12:48 PM
Do any of those have courses on them?

Workin' 4 Toys
07-05-2005, 03:53 PM
We go to PawPaw lake in Michigan. Coloma.

Maristar210
07-07-2005, 01:33 PM
I live in Standale (Walker) and ski on the Grand River near Allendale as well as Gun and Selkirk lakes south of Wayland.

Does any one know of any ski courses on public water in the Grand Rapids area?


Murray lake in Grattan township has a ski course that is public.

Steve

PondPwr
07-07-2005, 08:36 PM
Murray Lake has a public course. Big Whitefish has a course, but they sink it.

Granite_33
07-08-2005, 05:24 PM
Hey guy,

I live on Gun Lake, Robin Bay. I have been looking at an X9 at action water for a while. I have seen a few moombus on the lake, let me know how you like the Mastercraft.

Thanks,

Alex.
Bought my X-9 from Action. Good people to deal with.

Moombas = garbage scowls

shepherd
07-11-2005, 07:07 PM
Is it warm enough to waterski in Michigan????

Which week? :D

Maristar210
07-12-2005, 12:00 AM
Is it warm enough to waterski in Michigan????

Which week? :D

Her hee, her hee.

What is the temp in So. Fl. now?

About a hundred and climbing? With a Hurricane.

Good luck .....Duuuudue


Steeeeeeve

shepherd
07-12-2005, 03:17 PM
What is the temp in So. Fl. now?

About a hundred and climbing? With a Hurricane.



Yep, guess I was asking for that one. :rolleyes:

I spent 3 years in Ann Arbor. Skiied a couple times on Lake St. Clair in September. Icy.

An occasional hurricane is a small price to pay for year-round skiing/surfing/fishing.

DUDE! :toast:

Maristar210
07-12-2005, 11:42 PM
Yep, guess I was asking for that one. :rolleyes:

I spent 3 years in Ann Arbor. Skiied a couple times on Lake St. Clair in September. Icy.

An occasional hurricane is a small price to pay for year-round skiing/surfing/fishing.

DUDE! :toast:


You may be right. Just too damn hot for me in the summer. Winter sucks here too though. Good luck....Duude :wavey:

Steve

michaelrph
07-13-2005, 12:32 AM
hey any one from Long lake, in Hale, Michigan. My First Mastercraft Prostar 190 1994

mtripper
07-14-2005, 12:44 PM
Any of you guys down around kalamazoo?

RickDV
07-14-2005, 01:38 PM
Any of you guys down around kalamazoo?

I'm in Grand Rapids, but plan on camping at Fort Custer State Park in a couple of weeks. What can you tell me about the lakes in the area? Is Gull Lake decent?

DonMunro
07-14-2005, 02:03 PM
I live in Constantine, Michigan and mainly ski at Baldwin Lake in Union.

We have a course there but unfortunately a lot of boat traffic from 2 campgrounds.

James O'Keefe
07-14-2005, 06:33 PM
I'm in near Kalamazoo (Battle Creek). There are a lot of lakes around here, mostly with a lot of traffic. DNR revoked my slalom course permit a couple years ago, says that "there's one course in Calhoun County and that all you need" :noface:

ski36short
07-15-2005, 09:27 AM
The DNR really gets under my skin. Who are they to make that call??

oldschool84
07-15-2005, 10:03 AM
TO BE FREE AND SKI IN TC

LIFE IS GOOD :toast:

Maristar210
07-19-2005, 01:02 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v240/Steves389/GlassWater071005.jpg

Not to rub it in but....

I was on the Thornapple River wakeboarding through the slalom course last evening because there were no other boats on the water in my stretch of river. :friday:

The course rarely gets used here. When it does it is by die hards who are out there at dawn. I like my pillow better than that.

Steve

mtripper
07-19-2005, 09:03 PM
I'm in Grand Rapids, but plan on camping at Fort Custer State Park in a couple of weeks. What can you tell me about the lakes in the area? Is Gull Lake decent?
Gull Lake is a nice big lake that has a LOT of traffic. I grew up on that lake but moved off because we could never ski anymore, too much traffic and too many large boats throwing wakes that would come over our bow. There are quite a few 24-35ft boats out there now. If you go really early you could get some skiing in, the course is long gone though. Usually the best places to ski are the two bays on the south side, just watch the sand bar. There is a good ice cream shop in the bay with a dock to tie off on that serves Plainwell ice cream. You might be better off using the public access on Sherman lake which is just up the road. I think it's no wake outside of 11-7 though. It's a much smaller lake with less traffic. Custer is close to a couple lakes in Battle Creek as well but I'm not familar with them.

Mike

RickDV
07-19-2005, 11:34 PM
Thanks for the info Mike!

zaggie
08-14-2005, 11:51 AM
Do you guy's on Sisters Lakes have any experience with the MC dealer there. I think it it's called Midway marine. Just curious?

Yes, I bought my boat from them last year. Very pleased with the dealership.

James O'Keefe
08-14-2005, 02:39 PM
Maristar210-

Where about's is the course on Thornapple River? Is there a lot of traffic there?

RoscoB190
03-28-2006, 01:25 PM
This may sound like an odd request...

I am interested in learning how to change the transmission fluid and oil on my 1995 Prostar 190. I would like to actually see someone do it. If anyone within 45 minutes of the Holland/Zeeland area wouldn't mind showing me how it's done I would really appreciate it.

Thanks,

Ross

Maristar210
03-28-2006, 01:30 PM
This may sound like an odd request...

I am interested in learning how to change the transmission fluid and oil on my 1995 Prostar 190. I would like to actually see someone do it. If anyone within 45 minutes of the Holland/Zeeland area wouldn't mind showing me how it's done I would really appreciate it.

Thanks,

Ross

Did you ask the guys at Action about it. I'll be they'd show you how to do it. Steve is a great guy over there (Svc Mgr) otherwise I am sure it has been discussed here.... do a search... and good luck..

Steve

RoscoB190
03-28-2006, 01:44 PM
That's a good idea. I'll give that a whirl once. Thanks!

Holtrodj
03-28-2006, 11:15 PM
I 2nd that. Steve's the man.

ridehype4life
03-29-2006, 09:12 PM
I'll be heading up to Action in Traverse City next Friday to inspect and sign the papers if all is well for the new 'Halloween Edition' X-1 that arrived straight from the factory a couple weeks ago. :woohoo: Pics to come shortly.

When are you guys hitting the water for the first time this season in northern MI; not necessarily for skiing or boarding, but just cruising on open waters? I'm itching in my pants for that ice to melt...

Holtrodj
03-29-2006, 10:16 PM
The ice is melted here in G.R. I suppose you could go for a Sunday drive anytime, but that's not really my bag...

RoscoB190
04-10-2006, 01:19 PM
Call me crazy but we're hitting the water this evening. The boat's getting summer-ized as we speak. I can't wait. We'll be on Minor Lake which is a about a half an hour south and east of Holland. I wish I had a heater in my boat.

Maristar210
04-13-2006, 01:19 PM
Anyone in Michigan been out yet besides that nut job UMP?

Steve

1984StarsandStripes
04-13-2006, 02:15 PM
Nope, I haven't been out yet. But I am only an oil change and trans fluid change way probably do that tonight. I am planning at least trying the new boat on Monday if not maybe skiing. My first season with the MC. I am geeked to say the least!!!

mika
04-13-2006, 04:39 PM
I am usually skiing boarding by now but a four letter word keeps getting in the way. WORK :( The boat is still in the garage I have not even clean it yet. And since I tore my ACL late summer I am itching to get back in the water.


To all you that are already skiing :toast:

MMC280
04-13-2006, 08:04 PM
New to this guys but really pumped. I was at camp Manitoulin with my son this week thinking of our new mastercraft which is the first ski boat we have ever owned and can't wait to see how it runs when I looked up and saw a navy blue hull fly by with a slalom in tow. It looked like a 205. Then on day two which was last night I went out to watch the sun go down and a brand new Orange and white 2006 X-2 goes flying past. Man, I can't wait!

agua4fun
04-14-2006, 07:44 PM
Anyone in Michigan been out yet besides that nut job UMP?

Steve

Im in toledo, not yet, but have a few friends north of Traverse that have been in for a few weeks now.

jjsosnowski
04-14-2006, 11:27 PM
we were skiing april 1st. 41 degrees on bills lake newaygo. going to action to get me boat sat. morning. ben footing behind a friends new lxi 400 hp.

1984StarsandStripes
04-24-2006, 01:35 PM
Went skiing April 17th! Boat ran great and I am a happy MC owner! Made a couple of runs and had a great time!

hleepert
04-24-2006, 01:52 PM
First ski was April 10. Water 47 air 50. Went on April 15th and again on April 22nd. The wind has been keeping us off too much. Water temp is up to 67 so I'll be switching to wet suit next time out.

88 PS190
04-24-2006, 02:04 PM
We'll be launched in a few weeks here on Elk Lake, and probably skiing it.

1984StarsandStripes
04-24-2006, 02:05 PM
Cool, you beat mme by a week. Looks like we are scrapping today too, due to Michigan weather! Clouds and wind go away!

mtripper
04-24-2006, 02:17 PM
We have been in a little over a week but due to weather have only skied twice.

ski36short
04-24-2006, 10:50 PM
I've skied 4x in the past week. Was in the shorty tonight - it was a bit cold but doable.