Hello, I have been lurking for a while and will finally be joining the rest of the ballers at the end of the week. We currently have a ‘19 Nautique gs22 but will be the proud owners of a new to us ‘08 SN196 w/ 343. I am driving to pick it up this weekend. We will also be joining 1 of the private lakes around us (Boise, ID). My goal is to learn how to drive and ski the course and share that with my wife and 2 teenage sons. I have owned numerous inboards but this will be our first DD. I am trying to go into this adventure with the mindset of being brand new. So here come the newb questions.
1. Is there an online source for learning how to drive the course and etiquette for private lakes? I have been to Broadside a few times when doing demos with the Nautique dealer but not to actually ski or drive the course.
2. Does anyone have contacts for someone local to us that we could hire to instruct us on skiing and driving?
3. The boat is coming from a similar altitude 2900’ but we will be using it at our cabin on some weekends 5000’ ele. It looks like the acme 422 is a prop I should be looking into if it is not already installed?
4. Are there any upgrades or secrets I should know about this boat?
Thank you for any replies and help.