Really short lake

rodltg2rodltg2 Posts: 1,051 Crazy Baller
I don't know why I'm really asking because I am not buying this property . Anyhow I saw a home listed with lake on property that advertised that you could waterski on it. Of course my curiousity got the best of me and I googled it. No way a six ball course could fit even set up as 8 buoy.

Could one install a 6 buoy set up as a 4 ball course ?
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  • HortonHorton Posts: 31,516 Administrator
    You could but would you want to ski there? @QuickSet is crazy short but it is 6 balls and more fun than more fun than a clown on fire

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  • MattPMattP Posts: 6,312 Mega Baller
    @rodltg2 Have you measured the lake? or know the length? I know of some guys who have an overlapping 6 and just ski 4. 1600' is the minium you need for an 8 buoy to work.
    @OB do you know the lengths for a overlapping 6 to ski 4?

  • rodltg2rodltg2 Posts: 1,051 Crazy Baller
    Well it would be if that's all you had.
  • rodltg2rodltg2 Posts: 1,051 Crazy Baller
    I can't measure it on my iPad , but it looks like no more than 1000'. It may be too narrow too. Cool place though. !

    http://www.luxuryhomemagazine.com/sacramento/21673/
  • liquid dliquid d Posts: 1,384 Mega Baller
    I lived on a lake that was 1280 and we had plenty of room for the overlapping 6/4. We used to ride the whips out on one end. Took a couple sets to get used to it, but then you were fine.
    rodecon
  • ForrestGumpForrestGump Posts: 6,283
    It's a 9 acre lake. If it's 1 acre wide(220ft), it would be 1920 ft long. Plenty big.
    Shane "Crash" Hill

  • WaternutWaternut Posts: 1,517 Crazy Baller
    Since it's just a curiosity question... I'd think turning 4 buoys would be fun provided you had the space to make it into a 6 buoy course in the future. If the lake is the exact width of property, I think I'd rather buy a home on open water and do a portable course or go to someone elses lake. A place you are only partially happy with will only depreciate in your own mind as time goes on leaving you wanting more.
  • MattPMattP Posts: 6,312 Mega Baller
    edited April 2013
    @Waternut did you look at the house.....? Looks like it is in Elk Grove. There are ski lakes there.
  • SkiKolbSkiKolb Posts: 121 Baller
    edited April 2013
    Our new lake, LaPoint Ski Park is an 8 bouy overlapping course, and everyone that has skied there has loved it, including Nate Smith, who bumped our course recorded today, running 41! I love having the zero ball there, I go around it at 28 off, and then go just in front of it at 32 off and shorter. I skied back in Oh today, and on my first pass I was missing having the zero ball here. It really helps you know how wide you are or not. I agree with @ob, take a wind protected, private 4 bouy site anyday over public water and other boat traffic.
    JohnCoxjipster43
  • TonyLightfootTonyLightfoot Posts: 53 Baller
    I skied an 8 Buoy Overlap several times at Rooye Plas in the Netherlands. Granted it was before the 55's were in place, but effective nonetheless.
    http://goo.gl/maps/QYF4L
  • JohnCoxJohnCox Posts: 357 Crazy Baller
    We have a 6 buoy course on a lake that is 1,540'. Start at 55s going away and spin. Be ready to pull out as soon as boat gets straight...works ok..
    Mapple T2
    www.mappleskis.com
  • MattPMattP Posts: 6,312 Mega Baller
    @johncox sounds like you would really like an 8 buoy.
  • JohnCoxJohnCox Posts: 357 Crazy Baller
    @MattP - I completely agree. We actually had one, but the zero buoy freaked some out....so rather than coming up with a way to deal with it (we had a pool noodle there a while, which worked fine I thought), they ripped it out and put the 6 buoy back in. I didn't log but about 30 sets there last season...so most of my skiing was somewhere else. I suspect this year will be the same.
    Mapple T2
    www.mappleskis.com
  • MattPMattP Posts: 6,312 Mega Baller
    @JohnCox ah, well when you ski mine this year you will not even know it's an 8 buoy.
  • JohnCoxJohnCox Posts: 357 Crazy Baller
    Looking forward to it, @MattP. After a few passes, I had no issue with 8 buoy. I actually used it as a learning tool. Made my gate more consistent.
    Mapple T2
    www.mappleskis.com
  • MattPMattP Posts: 6,312 Mega Baller
    edited April 2013
    @johncox Yeah.. I don't like that philosophy to much of a crutch for people and makes it very difficult to ski other sites for the first time. We run garage door sinkers so 0 ball just disappears
  • EdbrazilEdbrazil Posts: 1,396 Historical Baller
    On Google Earth, you can get some very accurate measurements. Great for checking out potential sites.

    There are several ways that people have shoehorned courses into tight sites, the so-called 8-buoy being one. In New Jersey, the Autores have a setup with 2 separate 6-buoy courses that overlap by 1 1/2 buoys. In a length of only around 1300 feet, but the boat can pull into a cove at the side at each end. Strange-looking, but it works. Last year, they ran a Class L there.

    Shortest I've ever seen was at the old Marine World in Redwood City, California, where they ran a 4-buoy competition in about 1050 feet.
  • JohnCoxJohnCox Posts: 357 Crazy Baller
    I agree, @MattP. Had that been my only ski site, a crutch like that would not be beneficial, but that particular season, I was at 4 sites regularly, and the other 3 were 6 buoy. That was a good season for learning to be consistent for me. 4 sites, 5-6 different boats, probably 8 different drivers, and I was almost the same at all. Now to get like that one loop shorter... :)
    Mapple T2
    www.mappleskis.com
  • WishWish Posts: 8,421 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    edited April 2013
    Cyprus Gardens (now Lego Land) back in the 90s. 4 ball pro-tour inside the tires. Very very short and bumpy. I believe they did this one time and never went back. Guessing around 850' to 900'. If I remember correct, I think they only went in one direction.
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • EdbrazilEdbrazil Posts: 1,396 Historical Baller
    Cypress Gardens was one of 10 tournaments in the 1993 season on the Bud Tour. And, no, they didn't go back, but I don't know why. Conditions were helped a lot by the tire barrier there. I could look up what the performances were, but that would take some digging.

    The 4-buoy course was run from both directions, since there was a lot of lineup room at one end, where the boat & skier could go well outside the tire barrier (see picture from Google Earth). Same with the approach for jumping. On the Google Earth picture, which is from 2010, and with the ramp(s) gone, I've marked a line about where the 177 meter long SL course was.

  • WishWish Posts: 8,421 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    edited April 2013
    Ed, thanks for the clarification. I spend a few days each year with my dad's antique boat pulled up to the tires to watch the ski shows lake side. While the tires break waves a bit, it's not that great IMHO. Props to those show skiers that do what they do in those conditions. I do remember Carl R in an on stage interview having not such good things to say about the site, set up and conditions. This was not that far from where we were seated. Remembered that cause my wife commented on his demeanor when it really didn't matter to any records or anything. Coulda just been a bad day for him in slalom. I think attitudes towards bringing the Pros back to sites not so great (Soaked) to get it back infront of the masses should consider Lego Land. Captive audience.
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • estromestrom Posts: 512 Baller
    The pro tour used to stop at Marine World in Redwood City, Ca. and I think that was only a 4 bouy course
  • EdbrazilEdbrazil Posts: 1,396 Historical Baller
    Scroll up about 6 posts, and there is one that mentions the Original Marine World.
    At that event, the LaPoints ran into 10.25m, way-way back.
    Floating course, non-homologated, however.
  • estromestrom Posts: 512 Baller
    @Edbrazil, sorry - missed that. It was fun to watch them there.
  • rodltg2rodltg2 Posts: 1,051 Crazy Baller
    I miss that old Marine World. New one sucks!
  • jcampjcamp Posts: 954 Mega Baller
    That listing is in Galt, California, which got me thinking about Justin Seifried (sp?). Anybody know if he's still skiing, and if not, what happened? He was an awesome skier. I think won the Jr. Masters back in 2000 or so.
  • Jim39offJim39off Posts: 11 Baller
    Anyone using a SN 200 on a short lake? What engine/prop you have?
  • Jim39offJim39off Posts: 11 Baller
    OB .. which engine do you have?
  • ZmanZman Posts: 1,904 Mega Baller
    I'm setting up a course in south GA that has barely 2000 feet. It is plenty so long as we don't have another serious drought soon. Far end is only 4 to 5 feet deep with the water a lil high right now. If water drops a lot I would prob turn it into a 4 buoy course. My real issue is a couple sea walls. Pass 1 and 2 are sweet. A bit noisy after that.
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