Ski Nautique TSC 1 Set Up

TeddyTeddy Posts: 21 Baller
Many people consider the TSC hulls as some of the best in the industry. There remains a loyal following for theses boats. What have people done to the bubble back boats for the ultimate slalom pull. Things like what prop to use, weighting of nose any tricks of the trade to make the driving or skiing experience better?


  • keithh2oskierkeithh2oskier Posts: 314 Solid Baller
    Keep fuel in it and ski!
  • Onside135Onside135 Posts: 381 Solid Baller
    Consider putting weight in the nose (30lbs or so), and running with no more than half a tank of gas. I would generally try and have a 1/4 tank.
  • Bruce_ButterfieldBruce_Butterfield Posts: 1,099 Mega Baller
    Grind the rudder a little for steering pressure. Keep the rudder cable fresh and just enough weight to keep the boat balanced. Nothing else needed.
    If it was easy, they would call it wakeboarding.
  • Orlando76Orlando76 Posts: 563 Crazy Baller
    45lb weight in nose, Acme 422 prop for average elevation, slight rudder pressure, full tank of gas isn't typically necessary, remove as much of the back seat as possible, and not mentioned but critical.... Perfect Pass.
  • slowslow Posts: 257 Baller
    Im going on my 3rd steering cable with 750 hrs on a 1999 boat. Is that normal?
  • Orlando76Orlando76 Posts: 563 Crazy Baller
    @slow very abnormal. Should be on your 4th cable at least. In a slalom tug for the sake of comfort alone I would replace a cable every 3-5 years tops. Any other boat the norm would be ~10 years.
  • BrennanKMNBrennanKMN Posts: 321 Solid Baller
    Rudder load and speed control are really the only absolute must haves. Everything else just makes a great wake even better.
    I run between 3/4 and nothing in the gas tank and have yet to really complain about it. If you live on a lake it is much easier to maintain less gas. I trailer (sometimes 5 times a week) so it gets to be a pain. So I just put in 20 gallons when we get real low. I generally check by looking at the tank when we get close. My gauge is widely inaccurate.

    Just last night I had a guy ski with me that has a 200. He told me the only thing his boat has over mine is ZeroOff.
  • WishWish Posts: 6,930 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    @swc5150 turning the wheel to the right when not in use...why is this not in bold print in the users manual? If it helps...brilliant. Will be doing that from now on.
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • swc5150swc5150 Posts: 1,725 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    I got the idea from another baller here. I think Jody mentioned it once too, but I could be wrong? I started doing with the new cable I just put in.
    Scott Calderwood
  • TeddyTeddy Posts: 21 Baller
    Is the cable problem a problem of the cable getting difficult to turn or too much play in the steering?
  • slowslow Posts: 257 Baller
    Mine gets difficult to turn
  • DragoDrago Posts: 885 Crazy Baller
    I drop my rudder, clean and re-grease once a year
  • Skoot1123Skoot1123 Posts: 1,750 Mega Baller
    The SN 196 (MY 2001) has been the best purchase outside of the lake/house we live on to date! Love that boat!
  • TeddyTeddy Posts: 21 Baller
    Drago, what's involved in dropping the rudder? Is there a "how to" somewhere you are aware of?
  • cragginshredcragginshred Posts: 663 Crazy Baller
    I have a 98 SN and it rocks! 265 hours going on 2nd steering cable. Low hours due to only used as back up to club boat.
    Vapor pro 2017
  • swc5150swc5150 Posts: 1,725 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    There's a good write up on (I'm not sure how to post links here). It's really easy. Took me about 15 min do drop, grease and repack mine last month. Basically remove a nut, bolt and safety wire and the rudder drops right out. Put a floor jack under your rudder though, so it doesn't fall to the ground. It also helps if you load your boat with the stern hanging past the prop guard, if you want to completely remove the rudder. I greased my rudder shaft while it was out, as well as added all the grease I could through the zerk port. I used Mobil 1 synthetic grease FWIW. My steering is so smooth and easy now that I had to add additional rudder torque to put some pressure on the wheel. My boat's an '06 196 btw.
    Scott Calderwood
  • Fehlindra Fehlindra Posts: 193 Baller
    every moving part in the steering from wheel to rudder gonna wear out and cos play in the steering use shim to tighten things up first make sure there is no play at all wheel to wire, if you have an old cable wire exchange it to the new one recommended the stronger one. after that grab an buddy to help you examine all links between cable and rudder that can cos play while you turn the steerings wheel
  • DWDW Posts: 1,608 Crazy Baller
    Original 22 year old cable on boat w/ 1000 hours. Turn wheel to keep tiller end of cable not exposed (different way for different boats so tiller towards cable), lube cable with ATF occasionally (helps loosen a starting to tighten cable) and keep water out of bilge. Still feels great, the key is to keep moisture away from cable internals.
  • TeddyTeddy Posts: 21 Baller
    Our boat does have perfect pass star gazer with Z box. We frequently end up skiing without an observer so we weight the passenger side with a couple of Straighline water filled bricks which weigh about 80# each. We lay them beside the the engine compartment and passenger seat.

    My only complaint is we have about three inches of helm rotation before engagement. I have ordered a steering cable and rudder packing and will see if that tightens things up.

    Thanks for the comments on things others have done.
  • TeddyTeddy Posts: 21 Baller
    Onside135 and Orlando you both suggested weighting the nose of the Ski Nautique. What have you used for weight? Where in the nose have you put the weight and how have you kept it from moving around?
  • TeddyTeddy Posts: 21 Baller

    I had the steering cable and rudder packing changed and got my boat back today. Unlike most of you my cable wasn't stiff but had about three inches of play in it. Making the changes has made the boat feel much more connected. In addition to changing the cable I changed out the original OJ Legend and installed the Acme 422. I've not skied behind it and I'm going to have to recalibrate my Perfect Pass but I am impressed with the prop. It seems to have a stronger hole shot ( using my seat of the pants accelerometer) and it appears to have dropped about 200 rpm to maintain the same speed.

  • rockdogrockdog Posts: 456 Solid Baller
    You won't disappointed with the 422.
  • CBR51CBR51 Posts: 32 Baller
    I have a 422 and a 668. I am at sea level so GT-40 has lots of power. I find the 668 a bit better. Wakes seem to be a tad softer. I also run with back seat out and usually try and keep no more than a 1/4 tank of gas. I see Paul @ FM has a pretty cool project going on with his TSC-1 . He moved the gas tank up front. I wonder how much difference that made?
  • DragoDrago Posts: 885 Crazy Baller
    There is no need to hack up one of the best boats ever made. The wake is better than a 200's wake.
  • AkBobAkBob Posts: 29 Baller
    I have a 2001 ski Nautique. I havethe helm and cable and it's still a bit stiff on steering. I have to almost pull the gas tank to access the nut on top of rudder shaft. That is a pain... Is there an easier answer that I'm missing??
  • ozskiozski Posts: 1,424
    @JoelHowley runs a decent amount of weight in the nose of his 196 so i assume there is some logic to it.
    'Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.'' Boat 2005 Nautique 196 6L ZO - Ski: KD Platinum

  • Orlando76Orlando76 Posts: 563 Crazy Baller
    @Teddy I'm not too certain how much weight we use but it's about 18x18x1" steel plate with a handle welded on it, coated in bed liner. One is placed all the way up in the nose on the floor and sometimes one on passenger side up against gunnel and base of passenger seat, but only if we are short a spotter. If I had to guess I'd say they weigh about 65lbs. I'm sure a 45lb barbel painted in bed liner will show an improvement too.
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