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Boat covenants on private "slalom ski" lake

sagilbertsagilbert Posts: 15 New Baller
Our association has had certain "boat" restrictions in place for 24 years (when the development started). Of course, that was before wakeboard boats became common-place. Please read the restriction we now have in place, and suggest any possible changes we might make in order to maintain slalom/trick (only) status.

Here's the current restrictive covenant we have in place: Motor watercraft used for all slalom course water skiing activity on __________ shall be restricted to multi-port fuel injected boats with inboard engines, silent muffler equipment and American Water Ski Association ("AWSA") approved tow boats. This restriction shall not apply to watercraft used solely for maintenance of ____________ and maintenance of the slalom course constructed thereon. Any watercraft must be approved by the Association.

Obviously, if I were to propose any changes to the covenant, I would want to incorporate any changes that I might see in, say, the next 20+ years. That could be a shift from the likes of an internal combustion engine to battery-powered, maybe a name change with the sanctioning body, and even the definition of a tow boat. We already have another covenant that prohibits the use of waver runners and jet skis, so I'm more focused on getting your suggestions on the covenant noted above. Any particular "language" that you might use would also be helpful.

For those of you that don't live in a planned development like this, one of the challenges is the possibility that (over time) home ownership shifts from largely "skiers" to "non-skiers", and a heavy majority can sometimes change the best laid intentions. That's certain not an issue now, but if we would move in the direction of changing the above noted covenant, I would like to make sure that we cover that base.


  • DockoelbotoDockoelboto Posts: 143 Baller
    our covenants specifically mention no added ballast for the purpose of increasing wake volume. Or something to that effect. It allows ballast to balance the boat for skiing but not to surf/wakeboard. Otherwise we have a very similar statement as you have included.

    That being said, some of the "Youths" on the lake load 15people in their SN196 and surf behind it. Technically they haven't added ballast but the effect is the same. Safety? They are young, nothing can hurt them. This causes a lot of grief for some on the lake, but hard to stop.

    We have a lot of non-skiers on the lake. Our covenants also include ski boats have right of way. If someone is out paddle boarding/canoeing, they must yield to skiers. We allow them to continue their activity as long as they stick to the shoreline/dock line.

    Just other considerations to include.
  • marknmarkn Posts: 404 Crazy Baller
    Capacity of a 196 is 6 people or xxxx lbs. Simply include verbage stating no boat can exceed legal capacity....
  • CnewbertCnewbert Posts: 288 Crazy Baller
    Maybe the covenants also need to include wording stating that no boats may carry more passengers or total weight of people and equipment that exceeds the manufacturer's maximum capacity sticker for that boat.
  • paulpaul Posts: 52 Baller
    A new SN has ballast for trick...
  • RAWSkiRAWSki Posts: 787 Mega Baller
    Keep it to direct drives with 20' in length max and only towed WaterSports?
  • BroussardBroussard Posts: 513 Crazy Baller
    AWSA approved towboats in their tested configuration is a pretty good way to go about it.
    Andre Broussard | SkiBama Team Captain | SkiBennetts |
  • MDB1056MDB1056 Posts: 578 Crazy Baller
    Would be a shame not to allow anyone to own an older Stars & Stripes , American Skier, Brendella, or a ton of other great old carb’d boats.
  • BroussardBroussard Posts: 513 Crazy Baller
    edited January 23
    @MDB1056 All of which pulled AWSA events and were approved by the association at the time they were manufactured.

    Not sure why the additional requirement of multi-port fuel injection was added.
    Andre Broussard | SkiBama Team Captain | SkiBennetts |
  • thagerthager Posts: 5,145 Mega Baller
    Curious, what exactly does "silent exhaust equipment" mean?
    Stir vigorously then leave!
  • DWDW Posts: 2,296 Mega Baller
    As I read the covenant - a loophole could be interpreted that if a boat is using the lake and not participating in slalom course activity (ie: surfing/wake sports) the restrictions do not apply.
  • klindyklindy Posts: 2,589 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    How about getting a club boat and restrict it to only those boats? That way you avoid invasive species issues too.
    Keith Lindemulder
    AWSA Chairman of the Board
    AWSA Southern Region EVP
  • WayneWayne Posts: 557 Solid Baller
    Could you just reference the USA Water Ski Approved Tournament Towboats History list? Seems that would do the trick with some added caveats for passenger/cargo load, noise and direct drive only since there are a few v-drives on the approved tournament tow boat list.
  • sagilbertsagilbert Posts: 15 New Baller
    Thanks for the responses. I believe that the verbiage "multi-port fuel injected boats" was put into the covenants (24 years ago) because a fuel injected engine runs quieter than a carbureted engine. I didn't have anything to do with writing the initial covenants, so I could be wrong.

    It's funny how just 24 years ago we were talking about carbureted vs. fuel injected engine. Now we're talking about internal combustion engine vs. battery-powered. It's probably going to happen in the boating industry sooner than most of us think.
  • BraceMakerBraceMaker Posts: 4,566 Mega Baller
    @thager mufflers, FAE, turned down tips etc..

    Was the injection really about noise or was it about making things fancy? My dealings with ski lake associations has indicated that it is usually more about making sure someone spends enough money on their house, their dock, and their boat so the whole place looks fancy enough. Reading some of the association bylaws about what the construction of the house must be will make your head spin.
  • thagerthager Posts: 5,145 Mega Baller
    @ BraceMaker Kind of an oxymoron. No exhaust is silent. I can run mufflers(headers) in the air etc. Simply saying it needs more definition i.e., a db level, or issued as standard equipment on approved Ski boats etc.
    Stir vigorously then leave!
  • elrelr Posts: 328 Mega Baller
    1) No V-drives, outboards, or jet drives
    2) AWSA 3 event RECORD TOURNAMENT approved towboats in their tested configuration.
    3) Passengers limited to capacity sticker.
    4) Running weight including ballast (8.33 lbs/gallon) shall not exceed capacity sticker.

    I read "shall be restricted to multi-port fuel injected boats with inboard engines, silent muffler equipment and American Water Ski Association ("AWSA") approved tow boats" to include both fuel injected boats . . . AND AWSA approved towboats.
    Ed Rink - LSF Texas
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