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RMUDBUGS
09-04-2011, 05:25 PM
Tring to set up a good wake on my boat. I have a 900# bag in the rear, a 350# bag in the ski locker, and 2 350# bags on the surf side. I'm thinking a bow sac under the seats may be next. The wake looks good but I still can't surf(I'm 250#). My buddy who is half my size can though. Anyone else surf a 205 or have any suggestions?

I may need a different board. We are using a Hyperlite Broadcast.

LA205
09-04-2011, 10:11 PM
I have 1997 205, same as your hull, I'm about 210 and can surf with no ballast with a 7 ft ocean board, I did modify my platform to fix it from digging into wake, this was probably the most beneficial mod. We also use three 30 gal trash cans for ballast and get a nice wake, low budget operation but it works.

RMUDBUGS
09-05-2011, 02:31 AM
Let's see some pics of that swim platform.

gatorguy
09-05-2011, 12:25 PM
I have a 97 ps 205. I put 750# under rear seat shifted all the way to the port side, and 750# down the port side of the engine. The two bags make an L-shape. The rub rail is right at the water line when loaded down. I get a wave that comes up to my hip with a nice curl when I drive about 10.5mph. I think I'm gonna try pulling off my swim deck next time I'm out to see if it cleans it up even more. I think it is acting like a trim tab and lifting the port corner out of the water a little as we drive. My friends and I are all around 200# and can easily surf on any of the boards out there on this wave. My mother in law said it is much bigger than the wave they surf behind a friends x-30 with stock ballast.

tommcat
09-05-2011, 05:10 PM
I have a 97 ps 205. I put 750# under rear seat shifted all the way to the port side, and 750# down the port side of the engine. The two bags make an L-shape. The rub rail is right at the water line when loaded down. I get a wave that comes up to my hip with a nice curl when I drive about 10.5mph. I think I'm gonna try pulling off my swim deck next time I'm out to see if it cleans it up even more. I think it is acting like a trim tab and lifting the port corner out of the water a little as we drive. My friends and I are all around 200# and can easily surf on any of the boards out there on this wave. My mother in law said it is much bigger than the wave they surf behind a friends x-30 with stock ballast.

gator, thats the same boat i have and i'm going to be trying to get it set up for surfing for next season. couple question for you, do you run into any problems with fuel coming out the vent? and are you running any ballast in the bow to lengthen the sweet spot?

tom

LA205
09-05-2011, 09:11 PM
My platform was repaired by previous owner, they had the wrong angle, i made the wooden shim. now it is slightly above stock. Now it never digs into the wake. I am also using 7 ft ocean surf board I bought second hand. We can surf no ballast or if we want to use our 5'6'' liquid force board we will fill up the three trash cans. Fixing the platform angle fixed everything. I noticed your mudbug name, you must be Shreveport area, we are in Ruston, we usually goto Claibourne.

gatorguy
09-06-2011, 12:55 AM
gator, thats the same boat i have and i'm going to be trying to get it set up for surfing for next season. couple question for you, do you run into any problems with fuel coming out the vent? and are you running any ballast in the bow to lengthen the sweet spot?

tom

No problems with fuel so far. I noticed that the vent is underwater or getting splashed with water quite a bit. This was a bit worry-some as my friends BU had the same problem and quit running from getting water in the fuel. We moved his vent to the starboard side to fix the problem. I took out my rear seat and removed the fuel tank cover to see if I needed to move my vent line. I found that the line goes from the vent fitting on the hull then is suspended from the top of the stern fiberglass, and then travels all the way to the starboard side where it plugs into the tank. The way the tubing is routed makes it almost impossible for water to make its way into the tank. The only time I notice fuel coming out is when I am filling the tank and it sloshes out when it is full.


I have not tried putting any fat sacks up front yet. I have moved people around in the boat and haven't found a huge difference. The biggest thing is just keeping all the weight to the port side. I think removing the swim step will make a big difference though.

tommcat
09-06-2011, 08:36 AM
No problems with fuel so far. I noticed that the vent is underwater or getting splashed with water quite a bit. This was a bit worry-some as my friends BU had the same problem and quit running from getting water in the fuel. We moved his vent to the starboard side to fix the problem. I took out my rear seat and removed the fuel tank cover to see if I needed to move my vent line. I found that the line goes from the vent fitting on the hull then is suspended from the top of the stern fiberglass, and then travels all the way to the starboard side where it plugs into the tank. The way the tubing is routed makes it almost impossible for water to make its way into the tank. The only time I notice fuel coming out is when I am filling the tank and it sloshes out when it is full.


I have not tried putting any fat sacks up front yet. I have moved people around in the boat and haven't found a huge difference. The biggest thing is just keeping all the weight to the port side. I think removing the swim step will make a big difference though.good to know, thanks.

unfortunately removing the platform is illegal here in MA(like everything else) so i cant do that. i may make a smaller one or was thinking about making mine on adjustable bracket so i can change the angle when surfing.

jamisonsbrodie
09-06-2011, 11:42 AM
I would say you need a bigger board unless you have the 5'6" broadcast. I would say 5'3" or bigger for you weight, unless you have a really big wave. Preferably 5'6".

RMUDBUGS
09-08-2011, 01:26 AM
I have the 5'6" broadcast. I'm currently looking at some other "surf constuction" boards for next year.

RMUDBUGS
09-08-2011, 01:35 AM
My platform was repaired by previous owner, they had the wrong angle, i made the wooden shim. now it is slightly above stock. Now it never digs into the wake. I am also using 7 ft ocean surf board I bought second hand. We can surf no ballast or if we want to use our 5'6'' liquid force board we will fill up the three trash cans. Fixing the platform angle fixed everything. I noticed your mudbug name, you must be Shreveport area, we are in Ruston, we usually goto Claibourne.


I'm in Haughton and my grand mother lives on Lake Claibourne. We are there for the holiday weekends and a few others. We spend most of our time down by the island. When not at Claibourne we are on Cross Lake in Shreveport. My name is Ronnie and my 205 is white and blue with a aftermarket tower. I also fly two 3X5 flags from the tower. Chase me down if you see me on Claibourne.

LA205
09-09-2011, 12:16 AM
Im Randall, In a gray and green, Sammy Duval color 205, tower, we will probubly be at Claibourne on Sat. morning till afternoon. We put in at state park.

RMUDBUGS
09-09-2011, 03:15 PM
We always put in at that long steep public launch. I will not be at Claiborne anymore this year. The water is just to low (hot summer, lack of rain, and leaky spillway). Last Tues. they started drawing the lake down for the winter. They will be drawing it down 8 ft below pool stage so residents can work on there docks and sea walls.