Hello BallofSpray forum,
I'm fairly young - 17 to be exact. I've been skiing for the past 4 years, and I'm "ok" but always looking to improve.
When I was younger and weighed closer to 100 - 120 lbs I would ski behind a small fishing boat we had, it pulled me fine, and it had a very small wake. However in the last couple years growing has caused me to grow in weight, i'm now in the spectrum of 130 - 140 lbs and the fishing boat can't pull me anymore.
Recently we did get a larger boat, its a Glastron gt185 with the 190 hp 4.6 liter mercruiser v6 engine. Its a great boat don't get me wrong, however I skiied behind it for the first time and wow it was quite the shock - sometimes when I tried picking up speed to cross the wake I would catch air coming off of the end of the wake.
My concern is the boat weighs close to 2500 lbs, and the boat isn't designed to be a ski boat. It does have a substantial wake - however It could be because the driver at the time wasn't trimming the boat properly (I could be very wrong there). I do have a few questions
- How should I ski behind a boat with a larger wake?
- How should I size the tow rope? How long should it be? How do I find this length?
- General tips for getting over the wake without having to get off the edge of the ski?
Thank you for your time