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Forum: Wakesurfing 10-03-2014, 07:22 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,535
Posted By kgrove
Some of the criticism of the test is misplaced. ...

Some of the criticism of the test is misplaced. These guys should be applauded for attempting to make wake reviews more objective. What they're measuring may not be perfect, but it's great they...
Forum: Wakesurfing 10-03-2014, 12:05 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,535
Posted By kgrove
Same basic motors, yes, but running differently. ...

Same basic motors, yes, but running differently. I'm guessing measuring fuel burn, RPM, and CO levels are just three different ways to measure how much work the engine is doing. Was it always the...
Forum: General Discussion 10-02-2014, 12:23 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,478
Posted By kgrove
I stand corrected - neoprene has improved since...

I stand corrected - neoprene has improved since last I paid attention. Next time I buy a wetsuit I may have to pay more attention and not just immediately grab the cheapest O'Neill I can find, which...
Forum: General Discussion 10-02-2014, 12:13 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,539
Posted By kgrove
Teak is cheaper. Costs less up front and the...

Teak is cheaper. Costs less up front and the occasional can of teak oil should cost less than replacing the rubber insert that will eventually go bad on fiberglass decks. My first boat had a...
Forum: General Discussion 10-01-2014, 12:03 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,478
Posted By kgrove
The biggest difference between the high and low...

The biggest difference between the high and low priced wetsuits is not the material (all are neoprene), it's the seams and panel design. Seams let in cold water and decrease the insulating...
Forum: General Discussion 09-23-2014, 09:22 PM
Replies: 279
Views: 15,812
Posted By kgrove
Nope... Rule #89 says no tools allowed on board. ...

Nope... Rule #89 says no tools allowed on board. The fun goes precisely between the lines I have precisely defined for all to see.
Forum: General Discussion 09-23-2014, 08:11 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 797
Posted By kgrove
Agree. Thats where a hot water heater on a boat...

Agree. Thats where a hot water heater on a boat can come in handy. If you have an air heater, you can run the heater hose so it blows warm air in the neck and out the arms and legs while the rider...
Forum: General Discussion 09-22-2014, 05:52 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 797
Posted By kgrove
You are correct that wearing it 3-6 hours would...

You are correct that wearing it 3-6 hours would be miserable. Realistically, you will want to take it all the way off or at least take off the top portion and wear it hanging around your waist. ...
Forum: General Discussion 09-22-2014, 11:17 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 799
Posted By kgrove
Many boat dealers here where we have the same...

Many boat dealers here where we have the same zero tax on private party sales will sell used boats on consignment. The dealer never takes ownership of the boat and collects only a sellers fee or...
Forum: General Discussion 09-21-2014, 11:10 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 799
Posted By kgrove
8.3% on both new and used if purchased from a...

8.3% on both new and used if purchased from a dealer, but transactions between private parties are not taxed.
Forum: General Discussion 09-20-2014, 12:41 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 5,844
Posted By kgrove
Sorry... Been there, done that. Do NOT mount a...

Sorry... Been there, done that. Do NOT mount a GoPro to the headboard.

The action is mostly nonexistent - a lot of "still life" shots. That's great if you're a basket of fruit, but it's a...
Forum: General Discussion 09-17-2014, 04:18 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 4,991
Posted By kgrove
Let's face it... wakeboarding is a fringe sport...

Let's face it... wakeboarding is a fringe sport and we WANT it that way. Smooth water is difficult to come by anyway. If it were popular, it wouldn't be as good.

And what's this crap about...
Forum: General Discussion 09-17-2014, 02:06 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 4,991
Posted By kgrove
Nautique, Malibu, etc. have managed to sell quite...

Nautique, Malibu, etc. have managed to sell quite a few wakeboard boats without sponsoring PWT. I'm guessing MC is just re-evaluating the best way to spend marketing dollars. I doubt this is either...
Forum: Wakeboarding & Wakeskating 09-16-2014, 12:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 612
Posted By kgrove
I have a lot of my kids friends come aboard that...

I have a lot of my kids friends come aboard that have never wakeboarded before, sometimes with their dad. I always get a kick out of it when the dad, who also has never wakeboarded or sometimes even...
Forum: General Discussion 09-09-2014, 02:07 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 454
Posted By kgrove
As best I can tell, my cover leaks straight...

As best I can tell, my cover leaks straight through the material. The cover is tight with no pooling or sagging anywhere. During a good rain storm, the interior of the boat is damp everywhere with...
Forum: General Discussion 09-08-2014, 03:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 454
Posted By kgrove
Waterproofing boat cover

My MC boat cover is now several years old and leaks like a sob. I'm going to put it though a washing machine to get rid of any dirt particles caught in the fabric and want to treat it with a...
Forum: Underwater Running Gear 09-04-2014, 10:59 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 569
Posted By kgrove
You have no worries. An X-15 with the 6.0 liter...

You have no worries. An X-15 with the 6.0 liter engine should perform like a dream. My '08 X-15 had the MCX engine, and even with the smaller engine and an OEM prop, it only struggled under the...
Forum: General Discussion 09-02-2014, 04:46 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 771
Posted By kgrove
Agree - being underpowered sucks big time. ...

Agree - being underpowered sucks big time. Unless you're operating at high altitudes or WAY over full factory ballast, I think the 5.7 engine would work just fine - especially if you fork out $500...
Forum: Wakeboarding & Wakeskating 08-29-2014, 03:33 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,091
Posted By kgrove
I totally agree. Aside from less violent...

I totally agree. Aside from less violent crashes, lower boat speeds increase the size of the wake or allow the same size wake using less ballast and fuel. I'm a huge fan of lower boat speeds and...
Forum: Wakeboarding & Wakeskating 08-29-2014, 11:52 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,091
Posted By kgrove
That's a great drill. The only warning on it is...

That's a great drill. The only warning on it is it isn't "step one" - there are a number of instructional videos before this one in "The Book", the DVD instructional box set that this video came...
Forum: Trailers 08-20-2014, 10:58 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 415
Posted By kgrove
Double check its not the actuator before you...

Double check its not the actuator before you spend much on the calipers. The Reliable actuator eventually fails, usually when water gets in the brake reservoir. One of the symptoms can be brakes...
Forum: General Discussion 08-20-2014, 01:25 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 823
Posted By kgrove
Even empty and driver it won't clean up at 65'...

Even empty and driver it won't clean up at 65' without going 23? If true that is bizarre. Never heard of that. I often ride 65' @ 19 mph with full factory ballast when working on something I know...
Forum: General Discussion 08-17-2014, 06:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 823
Posted By kgrove
This seems off. How do you have it weighted and...

This seems off. How do you have it weighted and at what rope length are you saying the wake is not clean? Are you sure your speedo is correct? If you're talking about a heavily weighted boat...
Forum: General Discussion 07-16-2014, 12:19 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,436
Posted By kgrove
I dream of the day our tube finally bites the...

I dream of the day our tube finally bites the dust, but 6 years later it's faded and ratty looking but keeps on working - damn thing just won't die. I'd like nothing better than telling the kids,...
Forum: General Discussion 06-25-2014, 01:03 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 518
Posted By kgrove
The 2011 I bought had a towercam, so I've played...

The 2011 I bought had a towercam, so I've played with it. The original tower cams were low resolution and sucked - completely unusable for purposes of keeping the video or using it to show somebody...
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