Goode Bubble Buoy

BroussardBroussard Posts: 323 Solid Baller
edited April 2012 in Other Stuff
Anyone here use Goode's Bubble Buoys?

How do they last?

Do you like them?

Are they worth the money?
Andre Broussard - Louisiana
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  • Texas6Texas6 Posts: 2,170
    They are fantastic if you can afford them. I would say they are worth it if you are the only person skiing on your course or if you only put them out for tournaments. If you are in a club or a neighborhood that has decent boat traffic, my personal thought is they cost to much to continually replace. They are nice on the ankles though
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  • ralral Posts: 1,677
    We have them in our lake. Worth the investment.
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  • jefflymanjefflyman Posts: 110 Baller
    Our ski club is considering them for a private lake with alot of traffic. More questions: Do they get damaged when run over and over with a ski? Do major sized pleasure boat wakes effect them? Or do you always have to adjust the height?
  • Ed_JohnsonEd_Johnson Posts: 1,801
    edited March 2012
    You will ski better with the Bubble Buoys since you have the peace of mind you wont be calling 911 if you hit one and be making a trip to the ER. We are going on our third season here in Orlando and every one of us has hit them more than once without incident. I was working on a new turn Thurs, and ran right through the middle of one and kept on going.

    We are still on our original six, even though I bought spares, but have never used any. Height adjustment is the same as any buoy, but you do have to "Burp" them occasionally to keep them soft. They are thicker and much more durable than regular buoys. You can also buy replacement skins for about $20 a piece.

    Best investment I ever made.
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  • BroussardBroussard Posts: 323 Solid Baller
    @Ed Johnson How long have you had them?


    Andre Broussard - Louisiana
  • Ed_JohnsonEd_Johnson Posts: 1,801
    edited March 2012
    Got them when they first came out, Aug. 2010. This year is our third season and we ski all year in Orlando, so they get a lot of use.
    Loving the Reflex Supershell with R Style Rear !!!
  • Chuck_DickeyChuck_Dickey Posts: 1,459 Crazy Baller
    We have had them in for a year and finally had to replace one due to a slice probably cause by a fin. I think they are well worth the money.
  • BroussardBroussard Posts: 323 Solid Baller
    $40 for one fricking buoy? That's absurd!
    Andre Broussard - Louisiana
  • BroussardBroussard Posts: 323 Solid Baller
    Is it patented? Nobody else has jumped on board it seems?
    Andre Broussard - Louisiana
  • MattPMattP Posts: 5,990 Mega Baller
    They probably are not cost effective to make, but Dave Goode make them because he broke his ankle when he hit a buoy. So he makes them so he can ski with out the worry and he shares this technology with everyone.
  • MSMS Posts: 4,650 Mega Baller
    He broke the ankle again the next year.
    Shut up and ski
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  • A_BA_B Posts: 3,900 Mega Baller
    On a bubble buoy?
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  • MattPMattP Posts: 5,990 Mega Baller
    No on a regular air filled. Then he said I believe that he would not ski unless there was a safer buoy in the water.
  • WishWish Posts: 7,160 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Water filled buoys may not be as good as BB but they are better than just air filled and water is free. It's an option and you don't have to burp them.
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  • HortonHorton Posts: 25,038 Administrator
    I was there when Dave broke is ankle the second time. Wow! I was 1/2 down the lake and there was no question it was bad.

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  • RichardDoaneRichardDoane Posts: 3,956
    @broussard - yes, poorly, no, no, spend your money on a pump sprayer to put a little water in a regular Polyform buoy
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  • BroussardBroussard Posts: 323 Solid Baller
    Can you link the forum on how to make them?
    Andre Broussard - Louisiana
  • RichardDoaneRichardDoane Posts: 3,956
    1000 words - image
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  • jefflymanjefflyman Posts: 110 Baller
    So a water filled standard bouy is less dangerous than an air filled. It may be to late to be thinking this hard but I dont get it.
  • RichardDoaneRichardDoane Posts: 3,956
    We fill our turn balls about 1/3 with water, still enough buoyancy to float the course, but enough weight to easily displace if hit by the ski. Of course, if you hit the ball and crash, there is always the chance of injury (my lawyer made me add that).....
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  • Chuck_DickeyChuck_Dickey Posts: 1,459 Crazy Baller
    A buoy filled half way with water is less buoyant and moves out of the way easier than an 100% air filled buoy. Has a lot to do with the lower amount of tension required on the bungee to hold it submerged at the right level as well as the neutral buoyancy.

    I have used both and IMHO, the Bubble Buoys are much safer when struck.
  • clemsondaveclemsondave Posts: 368 Baller
    Agree with @richarddoane. Be careful not to put too much or they will float around (unless you have a 3 pt anchor system). We use about 1/3 water. Tried 1/2, but the buoys were floating as much as 3-4' down course in a light wind.
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  • eleeskieleeski Posts: 3,427 MM Trick Skier / Eccentric Person
    I love Bubble Buoys! Absolutely worth it for your lake. Go buy some!

    Water filled buoys are better than nothing. Seatbelts but no airbags. I don't snow ski with a helmet or trick with a vest so I am willing to accept some risk in my life. I am so cheap that I use the water filled buoys at my lakes. Between the hunters and the sun my buoys don't last very long. Without enough high level skiers on my lakes I can't justify the cost - but I keep lusting for Bubble Buoys.

    I experimented with some ankle safe buoys. There are other possibilities and other ways to do it. Goode's buoys are a home run and you can buy them (and repair parts) today. The market is so small that there is no incentive for someone (not me!) to develop and market a competitive product.

    Eric
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  • PBDPBD Posts: 189 Baller
    @jefflyman
    Yes there has been a ton of discussion about water filled buoys and the effort to displace them vs air filled. You can do a search of the archives here or on waterskiforum.com. That other site had a ton of discussions complete with pictures a couple of years ago.
  • HortonHorton Posts: 25,038 Administrator
    @eleeski when are you bringing our your own LeeBalls?

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  • eleeskieleeski Posts: 3,427 MM Trick Skier / Eccentric Person
    I took them to Regionals a few years ago to lobby for safety buoys. Someone stole my prototype from there!

    Goode has been very interested in my designs for years (I can't find the picture posted here earlier of me with Horton and Goode salivating over my ski). Those bubble buoys are quite refined but...

    Eric
  • MattPMattP Posts: 5,990 Mega Baller
    edited March 2012
    @eleeski Dave's face is worth a thousand words.
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  • Chuck_DickeyChuck_Dickey Posts: 1,459 Crazy Baller
    edited March 2012
    I think I remember Dave Goode had a white 9200 Ltd. ski, now we know where he got the idea, from Eric!
  • travnewstravnews Posts: 187 Baller
    edited March 2012
    Modified Ed's design just a little bit with an air compressor attachment, it took just under a minute to fill a buoy with water and air.
    I added a guage also, to make sure I didn't blow up the sprayer with to much compression. I didn't need it however, because I just turned down the compression on the air compressor itself. I keep about 50lbs of air in the sprayer while I filled the buoys.
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