When I last entertained you with this thread, I had just drilled a massive hole in the wrong spot on my new 11 MC. The blue 04 MC slalom wake benefitted from a bubbler hole further aft but the startup had an unsettling little catch that I could never get rid of. Lisa didn't like the new 11 MC slalom wake so I drilled a bubbler. I went further forward in an attempt to cure the startup issues. Prop slippage, a funky feel and no softening of the wake ended that effort. Plus I had to take the boat to a tournament. So break out the glass and epoxy and the hole is history.
But Lisa is still struggling with the slalom wake. So before I launched the boat back from Imperial tournament I had to try something. I had an old prop that was a couple pitches taller (17 vs 13 I think) so I threw that on. Scratch a taller prop off the list! Sluggish startup, the advantages from C3 erased, poor balance (for tricks also!) and a harder rooster tail made this is a failed experiment.
As far as useful experiments, I did get some good data. The boat came back from Imperial with a full tank of gas. The full tank made the wake bigger and harder (the stock prop went right back on). I normally run 1/4 tank of fuel and the wake is reasonable. The 40 gallons in there when full generates a bigger harder wake. MC could improve the slalom wake easily by offering a 10 gallon gas tank option.
Note that for me the 11 MC is the best wake I've ever felt. Tricks are so much better than ANY other current offering. At my slalom level (running 32 on a good day @34mph)
, this boat is the best feel. My scores are up in practice and tournament after training behind this boat. Personally, I love it!
I want to preserve this aspect while making it more friendly for Lisa (that 15 off wake is tough). My experimental quest is to maintain the trick wake, maintain the slalom feel I like and to soften the wakes for Lisa.
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