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Old 01-30-2009, 07:53 AM
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Jan 27, 2009: PerfectPass statement on Star Gazer for 2009 tournament season.

Over the last few months there has been significant discussion around the topic of PerfectPass releasing a Star Gazer upgrade that would mimic the pull of ZO. In fact, PerfectPass tested several versions of this experimental software.

At present, this project is on hold as ZO has released nine (9) new versions which are currently being evaluated. According to the company’s website, these new versions will optimize the pull for a broader range of skiers. This X Version experimental software offers a number of different engine response parameters.

According to a number of skiers, they were able to select a setting that felt softer and more “like PerfectPass”...and that the transition between systems is much easier. Testing and skier feedback should be more definitive as spring draws closer.

While we are fully aware that no two speed controls or different brands of boats will ever ski the same, we are encouraged that the gap between speed control brands appears to be shrinking for the benefit of the sport.

PerfectPass will be re-evaluating this project in a few months. In the meantime, Star Gazer Version 7.0 (62) has a number of improvements over last year. They are:

1. No need to disengage in the turns making driving easier.
2. To ensure skiers of all sizes receive an optimal pull, there is a setting for very light skiers and light pullers known as “F” as well as the letter “X” for heavy pullers over 200 pounds.
3. On mechanical systems, the servo rollback has been reduced by 50% for a crisper throttle feel and quicker engagement.
4. Calibration can easily be done in open water, without a course.
5. Software Upgrades will be available soon by simply ordering a plug in “Software Update Device” from PerfectPass. Cost of this device will be $75.

With regards to Promotional Boats for 2009 and the status of approved software. In the United States, PerfectPass Star Gazer and Classic are both fully approved for R Class Events throughout the 2009 tournament season.
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Old 01-30-2009, 01:13 PM
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Good to know - thanks for posting.
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Old 01-30-2009, 01:25 PM
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Great Info!

Hopefully they will get the update out before the season heats up!

Calibration in open water would be an awesome improvement!
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Old 01-30-2009, 02:30 PM
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so does this only apply to the stargazer, or does it apply to wake edition as well?

i'm curious about this
3. On mechanical systems, the servo rollback has been reduced by 50% for a crisper throttle feel and quicker engagement.
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Old 01-30-2009, 02:33 PM
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so does this only apply to the stargazer, or does it apply to wake edition as well?

Good question, I think I'm going to install the wakeboard pro in the next few days......Eastie, you out there? Any words of wisdom? I know you know your stargazer.....
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Old 01-30-2009, 04:40 PM
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I have no idea if the update applies to wake edition. Seems like a few of those improvements, i.e., open water and not needing disengage in the turn (current version slams on the gas because the gps thinks you've basically stopped) would be helpful in a WB setting. I could see myself being interested in this upgrade. An adjustment for river current would be nice, too.
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Old 01-30-2009, 04:45 PM
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I have no idea if the update applies to wake edition. Seems like a few of those improvements, i.e., open water and not needing disengage in the turn (current version slams on the gas because the gps thinks you've basically stopped) would be helpful in a WB setting. I could see myself being interested in this upgrade. An adjustment for river current would be nice, too.
The last time I talked to them, they said that future versions will be taking input from a paddle wheel to correct speeds for currents.
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Old 01-30-2009, 04:56 PM
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Thanks for the info....interesting
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Old 01-30-2009, 05:38 PM
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The last time I talked to them, they said that future versions will be taking input from a paddle wheel to correct speeds for currents.
Glad I have a paddle wheel. Kind of strange that they'd go that route since the latest version of SG doesn't require a paddle wheel.
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Old 01-30-2009, 05:40 PM
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Glad I have a paddle wheel. Kind of strange that they'd go that route since the latest version of SG doesn't require a paddle wheel.
Exactly. They said that the new cable will basically be a Y-cable... 1 for the GPS antenna and one for the paddlewheel.
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