Starting with a lake and nothing else I am going on a limb to return to competitive skiing in Men9. Just bought a 2004 Master Craft Prostar TT but still need a boat lift etc.
Next month (January) is the ideal time for a Winter installation of a slalom course. The course has to be setup and removed for each practice session. We are on a busy lake, with a lot of residents that have zero tolerance for a course becoming an attractive nuisance. The county Sheriff who has sole jurisdiction delegated by our DNR, says we don't need a permit as long its not visible between sunset and sunrise. But realistically, it can't be up unless we are using it.
I have looked at cable courses and individual anchor courses with air pumps and 1000's of feet of sunken pressure lines, fittings, bladders etc but they seem too expensive, complicated and subject to technical problems.
So unless something better comes along soon, I think I will be going back to the course we setup in 1975. Its based on individual anchors. As far as I know, it was the world's first submersible course. (Historical Note: Mike Suyderhoud patented the cable course in 1975 and later someone made a cable course submersible)
When we built this course in 1975, we hard-wired a garage door remote control into our ski boat with a button on the dashboard to raise & submerge the course. We used it for 18 years with no unusual problems with the course or with other lake users. Caught a about 5 fish lures . . that was our biggest problem.
I wrote a how-to article for the Water Skier magazine in August 1983. The only downside was the submersible feature pulled the skier balls about 6" down course from ideal alignment. We could have fixed that but never got around to it. The submersible feature was all done with a couple of spools of AWSA water ski rope and 1/3 yard of cement for the center anchor. Total cost about $300 until I converted from a manual winch to the electric winch with remote control.
This only works with deep water . . our lake in 1975 had 85' depth . . our current lake 75' depth.Any suggestions ?
for a course that has to be setup for each practice session.