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Upper Michigan Prostar190
05-23-2006, 02:02 PM
So I am curious to know what everyone prefers for slalom rope length??
I realize this may have been brought up here numerous times, but I wanted to see what people who DO NOT ski a course prefer for free skiing. I currently ski at 15 off, but was wondering if its more beneficial to change lengths for a more enjoyable ride. I like to get those nice, graceful carves that put up a good spray. curious if anyone else skis like that rather than course skiing where your contantly working to move to shorter line lenths..

Of course I want to put this into poll format :D

Kevin 89MC
05-23-2006, 02:51 PM
While I do mostly run the course now, pre-course (up until a few years ago) skiing was almost always at 15 off. It's what I learned to do with all my cousins. Long line was just too "long". Slack almost all the time on cuts. We would try 22 off, but hated hitting the rooster tail.
Heck, I'm so hooked on 15 off that I even run it in the course! (OK, maybe it's also because I can't make a 34 mph pass!) :mad:
Finally got a pic sized right for an avatar! :headbang:

Kell
05-23-2006, 02:54 PM
Strickly a rec skier and at the end of the season last year I tried 15' off, and liked it. Seem to be less slack. However, I prefer the wake at full line length. At 15' off, the wake changes IMHO to be harder and quicker.......Guess I'll have to get use to that.

LakePirate
05-23-2006, 02:57 PM
The Wife won't ski at 75'. Prefers 15 off. Depending on your boat and how severe your 22 off bump is you might like shorter. I like 28 off when just free skiing.

BrianM
05-23-2006, 03:24 PM
I like to free ski at 28' off. Nice quick ride and no wake or roostertail.

Jorski
05-23-2006, 03:43 PM
I like 28 and 32 off....sweet wake, good speed across the wakes...lots of fun!

M-Funf
05-23-2006, 03:55 PM
I ski at 15 and 22 off depending on water conditions and how much I've been skiing...I think 22 off is a better wake position behind my boat as well...

peason
05-23-2006, 04:21 PM
Never run the course, but always free-ski @ 15' off.

88 PS190
05-23-2006, 04:23 PM
I feel like i have more width and speed at 28 than at 22 or 15, and because of this my turns are alot stronger, to be honest i find it harder to be smooth and rythmic at 15' off than at shorter lines.

Upper Michigan Prostar190
05-23-2006, 05:09 PM
Never run the course, but always free-ski @ 15' off.
Peason, when you coming up this way? We gotta get together to ski! :dance: Bring your ski with you next time you come up to the copper country. Or I got skis too, if you cant bring it.

Lakey, figured you would go for the last option on the poll!!! :headbang:

Upper Michigan Prostar190
05-23-2006, 06:12 PM
so should you slow the boat speed a bit when transitioning to a shorter rope length?? :confused:

LakePirate
05-23-2006, 06:31 PM
Peason, when you coming up this way? We gotta get together to ski! :dance: Bring your ski with you next time you come up to the copper country. Or I got skis too, if you cant bring it.

Lakey, figured you would go for the last option on the poll!!! :headbang:


Who Needs A Rope. ( I was trying to add something useful to the site)

Leroy
05-23-2006, 06:35 PM
I'm normally at 22 off, but it doesn' matter if 15 or once in awhile I'll get a 28 after someone else. For free skiing it isn't so critical but does seem to help keep the slack out.

Mi.mc
05-23-2006, 06:37 PM
i usually do 28 off when im free skiing behind the mastercraft.

Upper Michigan Prostar190
05-23-2006, 07:41 PM
Interesting results....

I didnt expect to see as many at 15 off... :confused:

keep the votes coming in!!! :wavey: :D

Upper Michigan Prostar190
05-24-2006, 09:47 AM
this is intersting. 15 off is pulling away with it.

I see Lakey and Rat are the only ones with any guts ;)

hacker
06-07-2006, 03:44 PM
28 is the longest line I use free skiing anymore. I usually open water ski at the length I'm trying to run in the course. Later in the summer free skiing at 35 is a hoot! :banana: Lots of spray off the 205 though. :(

Kevin 89MC
06-07-2006, 06:02 PM
so should you slow the boat speed a bit when transitioning to a shorter rope length?? :confused:
I see no one really answered this. From what I've been told (by pros & other experts, not just my local buddies), is yes, you should slow the boat down to whatever you need to to make the shorter line passes. This is provided you're running the course. If you're free skiing, heck run it at 36 if you want! :headbang:
Of course, I haven't yet had the ability to test this theory, I'm still stuck at 32-33 mph at 15 off! I sure hope to be tackling 22 off by the end of the year though. Hopefully it won't be snowing when I do it!

88 PS190
06-07-2006, 08:16 PM
Kevin if you haven't tried the shorter lines freeskiing you should. It might just boost you straight through your 36 mph and into a 22 off.