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Turning radius of a 2000 Air Nautique/Sport Nautique vs Ski Nautique,etc

sixtowinsixtowin Posts: 3 Baller
I ski with several people and we trade off boats-these include a 1990 Supra Comp, a 2006 Malibu Response LXI and a 2008 Moomba Outback ski boat. I have noticed when driving these "pure" ski boats that their turning radiuses are much tighter than my 2000 Air Nautique-all of these boats have a better slalom wake but the dramatic difference is in the turning radius. I believe my boat hull is the same as the 2000 Ski Nautique-just stretched to 21.5 feet.
Is it the extra length that accounts for wider turning radius ? I am very happy with my boat but am just curious about this.


  • bigskieridahobigskieridaho Posts: 840 Crazy Baller
    Big thing is weight distribution. Can't remember, but a 2000 Air Nautique is still a direct drive correct? Your hull is a different shape as well. Similar yes, but with the extra length comes extra weight and tracking characteristics. Engine is a direct drive, but positioned in a different place vs. a SN196. Tracking fin location is also different. Bigger the boat, less handling. You are also carrying those ballast tanks. Your boat is basically a sport Nautique with the extra weight of the ballast system and tower. Hope that helps.
  • sixtowinsixtowin Posts: 3 Baller
    Thanks bigskieridaho
    This is a direct drive but has never had a tower. Extended ski pylon and hard ballast tanks in the stern locker which have been dry since I have owned the boat.
    Everyone that skies behind this Air Nautique says if they were not skiing well they could not blame it on the slalom wake from this boat !
  • BraceMakerBraceMaker Posts: 2,685 Mega Baller
    Length, width, number of tracking fins, position of tracking fins - all has impact.

  • DWDW Posts: 1,825 Crazy Baller
    Distance between tracking fins and rudder has an impact.
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