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smoketu
09-12-2009, 12:55 AM
Just curious to see what fellow wakeboarders are getting towed at and at what rope length. I consider myself a beginner/int. and usually get pulled around 20-21mph about 60 feet out?

hester
09-12-2009, 07:50 AM
Your setup sounds fine....it will depend largely on the model of boat, how much weight, etc. We are running 23-25 mph at 65'-70' in a 1999 205 direct drive with 1600 lbs of ballast.

Jerseydave
09-12-2009, 11:09 AM
riding behind a 2005 x-star

I'm an intermediate rider (no inverts or 360's) 70' rope at 22.5 mph. My buddy rides the same speed at 75' rope length and is an advanced rider. I feel your 60' rope length is too short, you're hang time in the air is very limited. Try at least 65' until you're more comfortable to go longer.

FYI, heavier riders like more speed......another one of our riders (225 lbs.) goes 24 mph.

For some riding tips, try here www.learnwake.com

Have fun!

SOCALX45
09-13-2009, 09:27 AM
How do you guys ride that slow. Arent you hitting the whitewash. I ride 25-26 at 70 if i go any slower i get into the curl??? anyways let me know thx

Wake2wake
09-13-2009, 11:55 AM
I would play with your weighting if you are getting wash at speeds slower than 25. while learning raleys we rode shortline (40 ft.) at 18 mph. normally we ride 23 -24 at 65 or 70. Im not an expert on weighting a boat but i think you might try putting more weight up front.

MCRambo1
09-15-2009, 02:12 PM
I ride at 65' at 24.6 mph on the PP. Intermediate rider (3 inverts, 360's, raley)

Our setup is an '08 X-Star w/ about 2100 lbs total ballast.

I'm a bigger guy (250 lbs.) and it's much easier riding a little faster, but you do pay the price if things don't go right. I.E. busted eardrum this summer. Still rode with it hurting! If you're trying something new, slow the boat down a little and shorten the rope.

MCRambo1
09-15-2009, 02:14 PM
How do you guys ride that slow. Arent you hitting the whitewash. I ride 25-26 at 70 if i go any slower i get into the curl??? anyways let me know thx

Sounds like you don't have enough weight in the tail, or your weight is unbalanced in the boat. That will usually cause it to wash over and curl opposite from the heavy side of the boat. What setup are you running with?

On our X-Star you have to go at least 22 if you want a clean wake.

shunra
09-15-2009, 02:26 PM
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SOCALX45
09-16-2009, 01:29 AM
07 X-45 with just stock ballast. We usually only have like 4 people in the boat. I gotta admit though we did use my friends fly high xstar sacs once and that wake was sick. Maybe ill try slowing it down and playing with trim tab??? Im 6'4'' 230 so i do like going a lil faster maybe ill try it at 24.

mpabreo
09-16-2009, 12:25 PM
07 X-45 with just stock ballast. We usually only have like 4 people in the boat. I gotta admit though we did use my friends fly high xstar sacs once and that wake was sick. Maybe ill try slowing it down and playing with trim tab??? Im 6'4'' 230 so i do like going a lil faster maybe ill try it at 24.

The 45 is a pretty heavy boat to start with. I fill my stock ballasts, plus a 600# on the floor, with 2-3 pple, have to go at least 22mph at 65' to clean it up. The more advanced of us go 24mph at 70' and the wake is perfect at this speed.

smoketu
09-16-2009, 11:16 PM
I'm boarding behind a 2004 x-9 with rear and transom ballast full. I generally have 3-4 people in the boat so I'm trying to get the most out of it's wake. My buddy suggested a bow-fitted sack for the front. I'm experimenting with different rope lengths and speeds to achieve the biggest ramp. Thanks so far for your responses.

swatguy
10-13-2009, 01:09 AM
2000 X-Star 24.5mph at 75ft. Intermediate 4 solid inverts and few more I try. 1 raley trick and a few spins.


That X45 should clean up all the way down to about 21.5-22mph with ballast? What kind of weight config you running? Is the PP speedo calibrated?
Smoke you should be able to run 65-70ft on that X9 at that speed. 60 does seem short. Especially if you are going wake to wake

vision
10-13-2009, 01:21 AM
I recently went back to short and slow.

2008 X-star with about 1000 lbs total in the back lockers, nothing in the stock rear ballast, the KGB full, and an additional 400 under the front seats.

I was running around 65 - 70 feet at 24.6 mph. But, I can land more tricks with confidence at 23.6 and 60 feet.

It is a sign of being old and slow.

vision
10-13-2009, 01:29 AM
How do you guys ride that slow. Arent you hitting the whitewash. I ride 25-26 at 70 if i go any slower i get into the curl??? anyways let me know thx

In case this is helpful, on our X-star:

Size of the wake is mostly related to total weight in the boat.

Shape of the wake is affected by weight distribution. More weight in the rear gives a steeper wake with a sharper lip, but white wash gets closer to the boat. More weight in the bow makes the wake more rampy, less lip, but pushes the white wash farther back.

bretmerry
10-14-2009, 01:12 AM
I have an 05 x-star and ride with factory ballast. I have to go about 22 just to clean the wake up and usually ride at 24.0. I have noticed that the weight distribution has to be even on the sides of the boat to get a great wake without curl on one side and wash on the other. Also, I frequently check the callibration on my perfect pass to make sure its accurate.
I love the wake my boat produces but for less aggressive riders who are not willing to ride at 22 or better, they usually end up in the rooster tail and prop wash.

smoketu
10-14-2009, 08:35 PM
2000 X-Star 24.5mph at 75ft. Intermediate 4 solid inverts and few more I try. 1 raley trick and a few spins.


That X45 should clean up all the way down to about 21.5-22mph with ballast? What kind of weight config you running? Is the PP speedo calibrated?
Smoke you should be able to run 65-70ft on that X9 at that speed. 60 does seem short. Especially if you are going wake to wake

I'm running the stock ballast, which is the center and rear. I'm not quite sure of the weights maybe 300-500 pounds apiece. I did pick up a 75ft rope the other day and bumped my speed to 24mph. I did like that better,but a little shaky at that speed. I'm hoping to get a front bow sack this winter. The boat is mainly getting used for wakeboarding which probably wasn't the best choice,but gotta make the wife happy too.

KHall
10-15-2009, 04:46 PM
2000lbs ballast/peeps, xstar/x2/x1 hull, clean wake at 70' from 20 plus on up. I ride at 22.0 and 70' and sometimes 75'.

fancypants
10-27-2009, 06:59 PM
This thread got me thinking about my speed. I ride at 70' 24mph. I only checked this about two weeks ago. I have a 2007 X2 and my PP sits at 29.8mph. I knew I wasnt ever riding at almost 30mph but never took the time to actually see how off my PP was. All this to say if somebody is seeing white wash at 25, it might not be a weight problem. Your PP may be as off as mine. Which means your 25 is more like 19 or 20. Does anybody know if there is an adjustment for PP? My buddy just bought an 08 xstar and at 22 on his PP you are actually going 24?

Big Dogg
10-27-2009, 10:07 PM
I installed pp wakeboard pro in my boat 2 years ago and mine has to be re-calibrated every so often. I find that the default settings are about 4mph faster than GPS reading. I dont know how MC's programming of PP works, but I know if you call PP they are great to work with and will probably direct you to how to re-calibrate your speed.

ironj32
10-30-2009, 09:19 AM
behind my 2000 XStar -
*i ride at 85' at about 26 mph (advanced rider)
*my girlfriend rides at about 65-70ft at 22-23 mph (she can clear the wake both heelside and toeside)
*my buddy rides at about 83.5 at about 26 mph (professional rider)
*intermediate riders that come out with me tend to ride at 70-75ft at about 23-24 mph

wakeX2wake
11-01-2009, 07:53 PM
2007 X2
stock ballast + ~600lbs in back + ~750 in front
23.5-24.2 mph w/ 75 ft line
24.2-24.7 mph w/ 80 ft line

ProTour X9
11-01-2009, 08:22 PM
06 X9, stock ballast, 20mph, 60ft (15 off)