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AZDave
09-30-2013, 05:31 PM
I just bought an EZ Slalom Portable course. We set it by doing the entrance gates and boat guides first, pulled it straight, then added the turn buoy extensions. Pretty much reversed that procedure taking it down. 1 hour up, 45 minutes down. Any inputs in speeding the procedure along?

Sodar
09-30-2013, 05:57 PM
I've not been able to beat that time either. It just seems like when you are being careful not to take someone's head off, scratch the boat or screw up something else, it just takes that long. Also, it is not one of those "more the merrier" projects. 3 people is the most efficient way to go about it.

AZDave
09-30-2013, 06:54 PM
We tackled the job with 3 people also...and 2 golden retrievers. In a 190. Not a lot of room.

Bouyhead
09-30-2013, 08:15 PM
My friend just bought an E-Z slalom, we used it these past two weekends, setting up Friday night & breaking down Sunday eve. Our times are basically the same. Kuddos to anyone who can do it faster with pre gates and all. BTW, a very well engineered system. We set up Friday eve in a nice pocket for the forecasted winds Saturday morning. Pissed of some old fart so we had to move it after skiing in the AM. We went to one end, pulled up the anchor, and wrapped it in a PFD so it wouldn't drag. Then we went to the other end pulled that anchor, attached the rope to the pylon and away we went with the boat in gear. Moved the course about 1500' When we were done we just waited a bit and everything just settled in nice and straight. Think I'm gonna get one just to have in my arsenal of ski chit.

atihanyi
09-30-2013, 10:39 PM
we do it with three people. me driving one guy on the swim platform handling the ropes and one in the boat handling the pipes I also have buoy duty we get it done in about a half hour in and twenty out takes about another ten to get it straight . a heads up we tried tensioning with the boat by hooking the rope to the stern eye and slowly pulling away ended up breaking a couple pipes so wont do that again. the first time we did it took well over an hour but like all things repetition makes it go faster

AZDave
09-30-2013, 10:56 PM
You guys must have a pretty coordinated effort. We have only done 1, so it should get better.

Craig
10-01-2013, 11:30 AM
If you guys get really efficient (and do it several times a week) you can trim that to 45 up/30 down but not much further out of a ski boat. If you do it once a week or once every two weeks the 60up/45 down seems typical.

I also agree, 2 people can manage, 3 people is ideal, more than 3 just get in the way.

Sodar
10-01-2013, 11:38 AM
We tackled the job with 3 people also...and 2 golden retrievers. In a 190. Not a lot of room.

Where were you setting it up? Are one of the AZ lakes cool with courses?

TxsRiverRat
10-01-2013, 11:55 AM
We tackled the job with 3 people also...and 2 golden retrievers. In a 190. Not a lot of room.

That is freakin awesome - how long did it take the dogs to get trained to install it? :D

mikeg205
10-01-2013, 12:21 PM
That is freakin awesome - how long did it take the dogs to get trained to install it? :D

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AZDave
10-01-2013, 12:41 PM
My dog, at one point jumped in the water to retrieve a buoy. On dry land it would have been toast. She gave up, but I gotta watch her. They really didn't get in the way, a long day, but worth it.

TxsRiverRat
10-01-2013, 12:44 PM
My dog, at one point jumped in the water to retrieve a buoy. On dry land it would have been toast. She gave up, but I gotta watch her. They really didn't get in the way, a long day, but worth it.

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LOL - awesome :D

197 TT
10-01-2013, 01:45 PM
We used to sink ours and just leave the entrance gate balls up, then just pull the rope to each pvc section and put the buoys on and swim the turn bouys out, then retighten/straighten every time. We had it down and could do it in 15 mins. Unfortunately people started cutting the entrance gates balls, so we ended up sinking a sub buoy of one of the anchors and would just line it up with the shore lines to find it every time. It was all a pain regardless, but worth it.

TxsRiverRat
10-01-2013, 04:14 PM
If u paint a wooden stake and the grass at the entrance gates on shore, you'd have an easier time also

jamisonsbrodie
10-01-2013, 05:20 PM
You will save some time by putting your turn buoy extensions on as you go instead of coming back for them.

MCVOLS
10-01-2013, 09:42 PM
Anyone interested in a 4 ball course? I have one only used a short time, just sitting in my basement. Would love to find someone who could use it.


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AZDave
10-01-2013, 11:17 PM
I agree, the fastest way is turn buoys and boat guides as you go. The problem we had was communicating with the driver. I almost think it would be faster to have someone dive in and attach the #3 and 4 sections, then extend the #2. I think Ed at EZ Slalom can do this under 15 minutes. I just want to get to 30, but maybe that is impossible unless you do it all the time. Great product and design, along with support!