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Kevin 89MC
10-06-2005, 07:02 PM
Can anyone top this? While I learned to get up and drop a ski behind a 50 hp pontoon, I learned how to get up on one ski behind a rowboat with a 9.9 Evinrude! I was about 7 or 8 I think, not sure what I weighed, but I finally got it on about the 10th try. I think I got dragged a mile before I finally made it up. :uglyhamme If I remember, I fell right away because I was so worn out. We used to two-ski behind the rowboat all the time. I'll never forget watching my cousin try to see how shallow he could go. Well, he found out! :purplaugh Surprisingly he wasn't hurt. It's bad enough to do a faceplant, but he was only in about 6" of water so he hit bottom more than hit water. If only we had it on video. When my uncle got a Larson with a 100 hp outboard, we thought we were the sh!$.
:popcorn:

M-Funf
10-06-2005, 07:34 PM
I started skiing at 4. First, they put me out from shore and three big guys pulled me TOWARD shore. Simple, but effective...teaches you how to hang on and how to control the skis.

First time behind a boat was a 12' aluminum fishing boat with a 5hp Johnson. No steering station, just an old school guy at the back of the boat :D

Ahhh, the simple life...
:toast:

BeavenX5
10-06-2005, 07:40 PM
I learned behind a wooden Peterborough equiped with a 1957 Johnson 35 seahorses. Beautifull boat.... The combi skis were old wood sea gliders and the slalom was a Catalina (wood also) . I was around 10 years old. Still have the skis somewhere.

André
10-06-2005, 07:55 PM
Started really late at 25 behind another Peterborough ...Cuddy Cabin!!!
Got my own boat soon after ,a Sunray,local brand using the Glastron Carlson hull's mold.15 footer with a Mercury 85 dangerously purpoising when overtrimed ...
Beaven,you've got mail!

MasterCrafting
10-06-2005, 07:58 PM
Hey, Kevin...i have pretty much the same exact story...except my boat had a johnson instead of an evinrude. Um...the 9.9 will still ski me at 17 years old...i just need 2 skis on the pull out and can still kick to a slalom. I prefer the 20 hps Johnson we bought a few years later when we realized we needed more ski power! haha, then...i made my dad buy me an MC and life is good! We still wakeskate and mess around behind the fishing boat....:)

Hoosier Bob
10-06-2005, 09:00 PM
I learned behind my brothers new 1974 Correct Craft Ski Nautique on the Scioto River in Columbus, Ohio. I later purchased the boat and sold it in 1990. The boat logged a ton of hours on the White River here in Indy. I ran around with a bunch of MasterCraft owners. I loved that boat but over the years have been much more drawn to the style of the MasterCraft, all years. :D

Farmer Ted
10-06-2005, 09:07 PM
I learned to slalom behind a '87 Prostar 190 and a '98 190, got up on two and dropped one (til the Wildman got tired of it and made learn it right :uglyhamme )

Big Spray
10-06-2005, 09:46 PM
We learned to ski behind the neighbours 12' Sunray tin boat, but it was fibreglass. The line was about ten feet long, shredded and connected to a well weathered , splintered old wooden handle.

My dad had an 18', '63 Dowty Turbocraft, basically a huge piece of fiberglass with a center mounted Ford 289 and a big in-board jet. ( Like Relics boat on the Beach Combers , but in white) We learned to slalom (and ride just about everything) behind this boat on a 110' line just so we could stay out of the wash!! Good thing it was a jet 'cause dad used to run us over once a week! This boat was great for flooding just about anything within 80' of its transom.

My kids will be learning behind a 197 Team Tournament. We have one lined up for spring!! Mother has been brain washed and is kicking in the milk money!!

Upper Michigan Prostar190
10-06-2005, 10:25 PM
I learned behind my parents 70's vintage puke pale blue aluminum 16 footer. it had a 50 hp merc on it. I skied behind it several times. then my folks got this BUT UGLY 63 Owens puke pink 16 ft fiberglass (hence the name) with a 65 Merc. skied behind that and then my folks got a 16 ft Seasprite open bow with a 170 HP I/O for about 6 or 7 years. then had a 7 year hiatus....until a few years ago. Skied behind a few friends boats till this spring when I lived my dream and bought my MC :dance: :toast: :D

Cary K.
10-07-2005, 07:18 AM
I learned behind a '78 MC, back in '78 :headbang:

ski_king
10-07-2005, 07:39 AM
I learned to ski behind my dad's 14 ft. aluminum Sea King with a 25hp outboard. He bought the boat at Montgomery Wards. I didn't go slalom until he upgraded to the big 40 HP though.

richardsoncd
10-07-2005, 08:33 AM
My dad had a 1978 Ski Tique, man that was a sweet old boat. I think I was 5 or 6 when dad gave me those words of wisdom,"o.k. boy put those skis on, bend your knees and get out of the water!". Started dropping one a year later and deep starting 2 seasons after that. Our neighbor was an ex Cypress Gardens ski clown...he would tear it up behind that old Tique, always wanted to be as good as him, don't know that I ever will.

jraben8
10-07-2005, 08:59 AM
My first was a 18' jon boat with a 35 Evinrude in the Texas Intercostal. Kinda scary now that I think about it.

3event
10-07-2005, 09:01 AM
First family boat was a 15' Glastron with a lovely olive green stripe and a Johnson 65hp outboard. Learned to slalom launch on that machine - tuck and hold.... Easy to drive - jam the throttle and hold it down until done skiing !

Kevin 89MC
10-07-2005, 09:39 AM
Good stories! Mastercrafting, that's cool that the 9.9 could still get you up at 17! It's nice that most of our kids will learn behind the best boats. I sure hope mine appreciate it, and love it as much as I do. No matter how bad a day I've had, I always have a huge grin on my face after skiing, even if I didn't ski very well. :D
Kevin

oldschool84
10-07-2005, 10:05 AM
Nice big boat to learn behind :rolleyes: it put off a killer wakeboard wake :woohoo: not much good for salom skiing good family boat back in the Day.

starman205
10-07-2005, 10:10 AM
I was 13 years old and learned behind a 1967 Pipestone 14'6'' fiberglass trihull with, get this, a 60hp vovlo I/O. :rolleyes:

east tx skier
10-07-2005, 12:25 PM
Deck Boat I/O by Deckboat of Gatesville, TX. Bought their Ski Deck (now Galaxy 1900) before getting my MC a year later.

Andyg
10-07-2005, 01:44 PM
In highschool I learned to barefoot behined an aluminum fishing boat with a 75 HP outboard, top speed 28 MPH. Thank goodness I was a few pounds lighter back then.

MarkP
10-07-2005, 09:51 PM
Bayliner Capri for me..

erkoehler
10-07-2005, 10:11 PM
1985 Rinker, 15ft. w/ a 60hp Mercury outboard. Still have th boat, but it has a newer engine, 75hp!

Workin' 4 Toys
10-07-2005, 10:52 PM
It was either the Larson with the 135 or the Hydrostream with the 225.

Ron Grover
10-10-2005, 12:26 PM
14.5' Starcraft with a 50 hp Mercury.

redmike
10-10-2005, 12:30 PM
21'tahiti 460/berkley

LakePirate
10-10-2005, 03:33 PM
First got up at 5 years old on a pair of home made wooden ski with a rope tied to them so they would stay together behind a '77 Galaxy with the 888 mercruiser. I then graduated to a pair of cypress gardens super groove jrs.

erkoehler
10-10-2005, 03:35 PM
Man, you truly we stylin out there :D

LakePirate
10-10-2005, 03:38 PM
Man, you truly we stylin out there :D
No Doubt. :dance:

sassydog
10-10-2005, 04:44 PM
1995 Barefoot 200 Yamaha ProV 200, It's rockman's whip. oh yeah and whatever the hell erkohler drives nowadays

Ric
10-10-2005, 04:49 PM
1981 ebbtide fishing boat with 150hp outboard

sassy how was the date?

jmyers
10-10-2005, 04:58 PM
I believe it was a Glastron all done up in orange sparkles! I can't remember the model, I was only 2!! And then I was on to MC's, And I believe an American skier or two!! :dance:

Ric
10-10-2005, 05:01 PM
I believe it was a Glastron all done up in orange sparkles! I can't remember the model, I was only 2!! And then I was on to MC's, And I believe an American skier or two!! :dance:
you skiid at 2!! :eek: you da man !!!

I think I first skiid at about 13 and have loved it ever since!

bfinley
10-10-2005, 05:06 PM
A 1975 Chrylser 105 HP Outboard Tri-hull

stevo137
10-10-2005, 05:16 PM
This baby! (It was a friend's boat).
It was a yellow Larson just like this one and we used to get about 4 feet of slack and do a shallow water or pier start because it took so long to plane...

maristarman
10-11-2005, 12:58 AM
Nice job Stevo. Great picture.

Couldn't find my first boat.

it was a 16 foot early 70s Traveler with an 85 HP Evinrude.

LakePirate
10-11-2005, 09:01 AM
A 1975 Chrylser 105 HP Outboard Tri-hull

The Chrysler refrigerator.

stevo137
10-11-2005, 09:24 AM
Nice job Stevo. Great picture.

Couldn't find my first boat.

it was a 16 foot early 70s Traveler with an 85 HP Evinrude.
I should have mentioned that it was a friends boat and they had a cottage on a lake that I spent a lot of time on.
My dad had a Bomber bass boat that I also did quite a bit of skiing behind. Went to northern Minnesota every summer.
Spent the most time skiing behind that old Larson...

6ballsisall
10-11-2005, 09:31 AM
I first skied behind a gulp, waverunner. Skied thereafter behind a 69' Starcraft with a 115 Johnson.

CedarMapple66
10-11-2005, 11:26 AM
Definately learned how to ski behind a 1989 Bayliner Bass trophy boat at 11. it has 125hp which was plenty, but now if i try skiing on it for fun, i can barely get up at 20 years and 150 pounds! Guess my 04 Mapple only likes the MasterCraft! ;)

shepherd
10-11-2005, 01:09 PM
Learned to ski behind my friend's 13 ft. Boston Whaler with 50hp Mercury. Learned to slalom behind another friend's 18ft., 140 hp, I/O Wellcraft. Learned to ski the course behind my PS 190! :headbang:

Double Overhead
10-11-2005, 01:19 PM
I learned how to ski behind a cable. Arizona Ski Springs is the only cable ever to be Az, that I know of. It doesnt exist anymore. It was a blast when they turned up the speed and we tried to make it through the slalom course. I went there so much as a kid that I also learned to trick ski, wakeboard, and kneeboard. That was sure fun. We would spend all day at that place. I wish they would make another cable park with some rails and stuff for wakeboarding.

Ric
10-11-2005, 01:43 PM
I learned how to ski behind a cable. Arizona Ski Springs is the only cable ever to be Az, that I know of. It doesnt exist anymore. It was a blast when they turned up the speed and we tried to make it through the slalom course. I went there so much as a kid that I also learned to trick ski, wakeboard, and kneeboard. That was sure fun. We would spend all day at that place. I wish they would make another cable park with some rails and stuff for wakeboarding.
you know I almost forgot.... we had one of those here and we non-boat owning kids spent a buncha time down there. talk about a no wake slalom course!!!

NeilM
10-11-2005, 02:32 PM
A 12' aluminum with a 12hp Elto, then a 14' Wooden boat with a 22hp Scott Atwater.

Jorski
10-18-2005, 02:01 PM
1972 12' Springbock Aluminum boat with a mighty 9.8 horsepower Mercury outboard...Iwas too afraid of the "Big boat" that had a 40 on it.

_DiZZ_
10-18-2005, 02:21 PM
I learned to ski behind a '72 Glastron. It had a 75 HP motor… I was 5 or 6, using adult skis… I popped out of the water on the first try, and never looked back.

:steering:

stump
10-18-2005, 02:48 PM
I first learned to slalom behind a '81 Grumman with a 25hp Evinrude! I was at it all afternoon, but refused to resort to dropping a ski. If I recall correctly, we were using a mid-70's Taperflex with the double cocave. Anyone remember those? GROOVY!!!

jmyers
10-18-2005, 05:19 PM
you skiid at 2!! :eek: you da man !!!

I think I first skiid at about 13 and have loved it ever since!
I also had my son up at 2, now he wants to wakeboard! :( KIDS!!!

ski36short
10-18-2005, 05:29 PM
I learned at 11 behind a 1973 18'Starcraft 4 cyl I/O - that was when I learned to get up on the good ol' wood Lund slalom ski. It was my dad's, he bought it new right after getting married and he still has it. It survived 3 boys on Lake Erie - barely!

M-Funf
10-18-2005, 05:43 PM
If I recall correctly, we were using a mid-70's Taperflex with the double cocave. Anyone remember those? GROOVY!!!

Oh my god! The old Taperflex...ours was milky white fiberglass, and that ski was so light and skiddish...you could hardly keep on top of it. I'll have to look through the old albums and see if I can find any pictures of it.

I learned on a wood O'Brien, then, when I was old enough for my first ski, we went up to Healdsburg, CA to visit Maherajah and came home with a beautiful wooden Maha! Later, I went back up there and got my first composite ski, the Maha "Stiff-Ski" :rolleyes: which I still have, as well as the old wood Maha. It needs refinisihing...someday...

:toast:

tex
10-18-2005, 05:53 PM
1972 Top Tenner bass boat. i think it was only about 14 feet long. it had a 65 hp johnson on it. It ran 36 with one person in it or 5 people in it. Learned to foot behind it as an adult!

88 PS190
10-18-2005, 06:16 PM
1995 Chris Craft 19' I/O w/ 205 hp... pulls you up fine, doesn't hold speed and you can jump the wakes w/ a good cut on a slalom ski.

RickDV
10-18-2005, 09:32 PM
Learned behind a 16' wooden runabout (don't recall what kind) with a 35 hp evinrude. I was 8 years old.

wakesport
10-18-2005, 09:37 PM
16 ft aluma craft with a 35 hp Johnson.

DooSPX
10-26-2005, 05:19 PM
actually, I learned behind the same boat that I bought. a 92 MC PS 190 :D
I tought others though behind a 16 oben bow Rinker w/ a modded 85 Johnson and a 15" prop. actually pulls very well and has a pretty good wake. ;)