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Better wake on Nautique 216

Canuck44Canuck44 Posts: 20 Baller
I have an 06 Nautique 216 sport. I am really happy with the boat as budget family ski/play boat but the wake has a good bump at 22 off. I ski at 30/32 15/22 off and would like the bump to be smaller for sure. I took out the ballast and pumps and saved about 80 lbs and am eying the tower for another 100-120 ish. I figure I could get 300 lbs without really hurting anything. Am I going to notice any difference or is the longer hill on the boat going to hold the wake back despite weight savings?


  • JmoskiJmoski Posts: 363 Solid Baller
    Not sure, but skiing without a spotter and a near empty gas tank would easily make you 300 lbs lighter as a test.
  • 6balls6balls Posts: 5,556 Mega Baller
    Ski at 28 off and get in front of the bump. Will feel different but so will the wake...likely much improved.
    Dave Ross--die cancer die
  • LoopSkiLoopSki Posts: 782 Mega Baller
    Hard to say since its a different boat. And some may argue. But I had a 2005 Malibu Response LXI. The wake was a bit hard at 15 and a good bump at 22. I removed the tower and wedge. Made a big difference.
  • HockdogHockdog Posts: 216 Solid Baller
    The longer hull and the hull design will not give you an optimum ski wake. You can shave weight off but the hull is designed to displace water as it is creating a hole in the water to make a wake for wake boarding. Pulling in the rope to 28 off will help, but a Nautique 200 would compliment your 216 and help your skiing.
  • jimskijimski Posts: 588 Crazy Baller
    Ski at -28 play with the speed if your ok with it . Try putting a couple people in the bow when you ski that is a towed water sports boat like @Hockdog said not a ski boat
  • MoffattraMoffattra Posts: 71 Baller
    "budget" ?!
  • Canuck44Canuck44 Posts: 20 Baller
    I went out the other night and with the wife and 3 kids probably weighing 350 lbs total or so and it seemed pretty good but then again I haven’t skied since Sept. I will give it a try at 28 off and see if I can get through the course at 30, just waiting for the course to get out in it’s early up here and not many skiers out yet.

    I would like a 200 ob but it’s not in the cards this year for sure probably 20+ to upgrade to a decent used one. I like the tower for when we’re out as a family or with friends so we can put the rope up high and use the back seat and don’t know if I would get a lot of heat if it were gone and people had to crowd into the front. I would like one of those Center jump seats that would help but then that’s more weight.
  • 6balls6balls Posts: 5,556 Mega Baller
    With all respect I wouldn't try to go out and course ski it at 28 off...that length can be a game changer but you may enjoy free skiing it there to get the wake smaller.
    Dave Ross--die cancer die
  • texas_slalom_tricktexas_slalom_trick Posts: 67 Baller
    I have an '08 216 and I ski mid 39 @ 36 and don't notice anything shorter than 28. Personally I think the 196 has a bigger wake/rooster tail than the 216
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