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Old 05-23-2006, 09:19 PM
Robert Weink
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How much weight is too much for the engine?

I recently bought a 97 Maristar 225V and would like to wakeboard with fat sacs. The boat is in great shape and has 440 hours on it. I do not want to be too hard on the engine by weighting the boat too much. How much weight is too much to add to the boat to make a bigger wake?
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Old 05-24-2006, 05:38 AM
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I wouldn't worry about the motor. You're not going to hurt that by adding weight. If your boat is floating, then it's not too much weight.
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Old 05-24-2006, 07:18 AM
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I used to run 1500-200 lbs in my old 88 Prostar w/ 1000 hrs on it, and never had a bit of trouble. I did change my prop though, it makes a huge difference.
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Old 05-24-2006, 11:55 AM
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Yea, reprop talk to the guys at OJ or acme for recommendations, there's better props for the weight.

If you have alot of water and the lake starts getting rough its normally advisable to drain some so that its not as much force on the hull through the waves. Ie. better for the hull not to be pounded from both sides through wave activity.

Also look at how much weight they are running through the X series boats, you might not need 1500 pounds on a maristar hull to get a good wake out of it. Where as with the prostars you're using a smaller hull, so more water to get more displacement going.
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