This is the boat I developed my early slalom course "skills" behind.
It was known as "The Big Boat" because it was 15' and we also had a 13' Whaler.
At one time, I ran the purple line behind this boat at full throttle (roughly 32 mph). I purposely don't call it 38 off, because it was attached to a bridal in the back, so in reality was probably about 34 off. Also, our course was rather narrow from lack of sub-buoys on a very very old accufloat -- my dad bought one of the earliest ones; in fact we used aluminum brackets and wooden arms for many years before the switch to PVC. When I made the move to a real ski boat, and had a chance to get accustomed, I found that my skill level equated to about 34/-15.
My parents owned this boat for 36 years, covering most of my life, but last week it was time for a new one. They bought a similar 2012 15' Whaler and my older daughter (not pictured) skied behind it and gave it a thumbs up for recreational skiing. Overall, it's a clearly improved boat. Always surprising when newer is actually better!
(Pictured are my younger daughter and older niece.)
I was tempted to tell the local dealer that he should pitch this used boat as "the boat that THE Than Bogan learned to ski behind." I would have cracked myself up, but I'm sure he would only have stared blankly, so instead I am foisting that joke off on you, the unsuspecting reader!
Farewell, Big Boat!