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TallRedRider
06-27-2009, 01:19 AM
I just thought I would share my houseboat trip to Lake Powell this year. When I get a chance, I'll throw in some old pics too. If you have got a chance to go to Lake Powell, you need to take it. It is every bit as beautiful as the grand canyon, but full of water. You will never regret it.

The trip had to be shorter than a week because of some scheduling conflicts, but we still had a great time. The weather was very much uncooperative, and if it wasn't the wind, the wallys were out in full force in the area we were camped at.

Some great memories with the family and friends were made of good food, and good times together.

We stayed up Kane Creek Wash, which is just around the corner from a cool rock formation called 'the cookie jar' right off of Padre Bay. We were actually looking for a place to wakeboard at this time...good luck!

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff206/talltigeguy/Lake%20Powell%206-09/IMG_8142.jpg

My 5 year old daughter showed a surprising love for fishing after she caught her first Channel Cat off of the back of the houseboat. She kept begging to go fish some more. I caught a couple about twice this size and had some nice fried Channel cat one night for dinner. I pretty much ate it all myself, can't figure out why no one else was digging it.

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff206/talltigeguy/Lake%20Powell%206-09/IMG_8145.jpg

The sunsets at Lake Powell can be dramatic. This was taken with my Blackberry. Notice the waves...that is the kind of water I dealt with most of the time.

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff206/talltigeguy/Lake%20Powell%206-09/IMG00026.jpg

And another cool rock:

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff206/talltigeguy/Lake%20Powell%206-09/IMG00019.jpg

TallRedRider
06-27-2009, 01:20 AM
On our way to go to brostock, we noticed these really cool 'waves in the sky'. They disappeared very quickly, but we thought it was a cool cloud sighting nonetheless.

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff206/talltigeguy/Lake%20Powell%206-09/IMG00007.jpg


Brostock was cool. I never have even been to a live wakeboarding competition before. The coolest thing there was the helicopter that landed on top of the houseboat. When I win the lottery... As far as the competition goes, the riders were awesome, but from 200 yards away, it was really sort of hard to enjoy. I really like it on TV, it goes way faster too. But the hanging out with the other boaters was cool.

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff206/talltigeguy/Lake%20Powell%206-09/IMG00010.jpg

My wife continues her passion for surfing. She just goes on forever. We put together a decent surf wave for her and she was in heaven. She is 5'9" tall to compare to the wave there. The water was not so bad that we could not surf, so that was good. The X45 throws the best surf wave I have ever seen. I am amazed how easy it surfs.

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff206/talltigeguy/Lake%20Powell%206-09/IMG00024.jpg

We camped at a pretty good spot. The beach was a little steep, but it was well protected. If you look close, you can see the chop just as you get past the partially submerged bushes, it was just enough to make me think I was going to wakeboard on glass, but it never materialized like it usually does. Everyone was safe, and it was a good time. I love the sleeping on top of the houseboat looking at all of the stars.

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff206/talltigeguy/Lake%20Powell%206-09/IMG_8149.jpg

sand2snow22
06-27-2009, 01:29 AM
Nice! Good times! Monster surf wake!

shepherd
06-27-2009, 08:12 AM
Great shots Go Red. Looks like good times. Love the surf wake too.

bxroads
06-27-2009, 09:13 AM
Sweet!!! Thanks for sharing!

mpabreo
06-27-2009, 08:53 PM
Nice pics Red. I agree the 45 throws a monster surf wake. What's your ballast setup for surfing? What speed/rpm do you use?

SkiDog
06-27-2009, 10:21 PM
Great shots Go Red. Looks like good times. Love the surf wake too.

I NEVER thought I'd see YOU make that statement!!:D:D:D

shepherd
06-27-2009, 11:10 PM
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I NEVER thought I'd see YOU make that statement!!:D:D:D

LOL!
I'm a Gulf Coast surfer. The wake behind that boat is bigger than the waves we see at the beach here on most days. Besides, you guys made me a believer at CSM this year.

TallRedRider
06-28-2009, 01:44 AM
I really haven't played much with the surf setup. I filled all the stock ballast and then an extra 400 pound sack in the port locker. Move everyone in the boat but me tpo the port side bench. Seems that 11.6 to 12 is about right. Trim down will make the wave longer but not as tall. I haven't checked that speed by GPS. I know the speed is acciurate buy GPS at wakeboarding speeds.

mpabreo
06-28-2009, 09:40 AM
I've been running 11mph with all ballasts full except the starboard rear ballast. Sometimes empty it completely. Also have a 650lb sac on port side. Been playing around to see the effect of the surf wake and I think the starboard ballast needs something, but not full, seems its a bit better at half full. Gonna play with it some more at the next few outings.

coz
06-28-2009, 10:01 AM
Beautiful shots! http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/carlapryor/Thumbsupsmiley.gif

TallRedRider
06-28-2009, 02:49 PM
I've been running 11mph with all ballasts full except the starboard rear ballast. Sometimes empty it completely. Also have a 650lb sac on port side. Been playing around to see the effect of the surf wake and I think the starboard ballast needs something, but not full, seems its a bit better at half full. Gonna play with it some more at the next few outings.

How many people do you usually have?

The pic was taken with 4 adults on that side of the boat. I am going to upgrade the 400 pound sac to the Fly High Xtar supplemental ballast bag that should get about 700 pounds in that locker. Fly High jacks you seriously calling it a custom made bag, so at $500 a pair, I am waiting a bit before I do an Obama and start spending money I borrow from the future. ;)

mpabreo
06-28-2009, 08:25 PM
How many people do you usually have?

The pic was taken with 4 adults on that side of the boat. I am going to upgrade the 400 pound sac to the Fly High Xtar supplemental ballast bag that should get about 700 pounds in that locker. Fly High jacks you seriously calling it a custom made bag, so at $500 a pair, I am waiting a bit before I do an Obama and start spending money I borrow from the future. ;)

I typically have 5 in the boat plus a surfer. They usually cram up to the back port side.

we have found the optimum surfing point to be a little too close to the boat/platform. I'm talking a couple, maybe three feet. Hence, I'm questioning my ballast setup to try to get a longer wake. Its killer near the platform, but don't want anyone falling and losing a couple teeth.

snork
06-28-2009, 08:34 PM
The dash in the first pic doesn't look like an X45

TallRedRider
06-29-2009, 11:02 AM
The dash in the first pic doesn't look like an X45

Keen observation. You also notice there is no tower visible.

That is my Buddy's 2007 Malibu 247. He came with us as well. BTW, notice what good water we had in that pic. We were searching for some wakeboarding water when I took that pic.

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff206/talltigeguy/Lake%20Powell%206-09/IMG_8142.jpg

PA Prostar
06-29-2009, 12:05 PM
....Brostock was cool. I never have even been to a live wakeboarding competition before. The coolest thing there was the helicopter that landed on top of the houseboat. When I win the lottery...

That houseboat was recently featured on one of the cable shows as one of the 10 most extreme (or something like that) houseboats in America. Personally, that one didn't do anything for me as far as looks, but it was pretty cool.