Difficulty doing starts. Help!

Difficulty doing starts. Help!

Post by B. Gree » Thu, 28 Sep 2000 10:49:58


I used to slalom ski when I was in my twenties, had no trouble doing a jump
start from the end of the wharf.   We had a Glen L 'Swift' (15' flat bottom
runabout) powered by a 35 hp Viking, motor bought from Eaton's in Canada.
I am male, 5'11', back then I weighed about 160#.
Now a healthy 55, weight 190 #, after a 30 year hiatus, I tried skiing again
this summer, and could *not* get up.
With an inexperienced driver and a 90 hp Merc, after 6 tries - several from
a jump start in shallow water with slalom, several off the wharf with
slalom, one sitting on the wharf with doubles - I retired.
I was able to do all these with ease as a young man.
I want to ski once again, and am thinking this summer's boat's power was to
great, it felt like I was being ripped off pad five at Cape Kennedy.
In my day we just 'hit it', holding three coils and tossing them when the
line came taught.  No problem!
Possibly the 35 was perfect for this chore?  Today, with more powerful
motors, it strikes me one likely does not 'goose it' at the start...?
What are the techniques you folks use for such a situation?
I figure you must seek and get to know an appropriate throttle position,
depending on the skier/load?
Thank you.
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--bg
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Difficulty doing starts. Help!

Post by Bruce Kohe » Thu, 28 Sep 2000 04:00:00

Don't goose it! Have your driver accelerate gradually let the boat do all the
work. I have found the deep v (e-z up) handles is a great help teaching deep
water starts on a slalom. You can purchase them through Ski Limited at:
http://www.skilimited.com/products/E-ZUpSkiHandles_1295.html

Quote:

> I used to slalom ski when I was in my twenties, had no trouble doing a jump
> start from the end of the wharf.   We had a Glen L 'Swift' (15' flat bottom
> runabout) powered by a 35 hp Viking, motor bought from Eaton's in Canada.
> I am male, 5'11', back then I weighed about 160#.
> Now a healthy 55, weight 190 #, after a 30 year hiatus, I tried skiing again
> this summer, and could *not* get up.
> With an inexperienced driver and a 90 hp Merc, after 6 tries - several from
> a jump start in shallow water with slalom, several off the wharf with
> slalom, one sitting on the wharf with doubles - I retired.
> I was able to do all these with ease as a young man.
> I want to ski once again, and am thinking this summer's boat's power was to
> great, it felt like I was being ripped off pad five at Cape Kennedy.
> In my day we just 'hit it', holding three coils and tossing them when the
> line came taught.  No problem!
> Possibly the 35 was perfect for this chore?  Today, with more powerful
> motors, it strikes me one likely does not 'goose it' at the start...?
> What are the techniques you folks use for such a situation?
> I figure you must seek and get to know an appropriate throttle position,
> depending on the skier/load?
> Thank you.
> --
> --bg
> ~~~~~
> **Reply to group, my incoming server is down and always has been.
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Difficulty doing starts. Help!

Post by Rod McInni » Thu, 28 Sep 2000 04:00:00

Quote:

> I used to slalom ski when I was in my twenties, had no trouble doing a jump
> start from the end of the wharf.   We had a Glen L 'Swift' (15' flat bottom
> runabout) powered by a 35 hp Viking, motor bought from Eaton's in Canada.
> I am male, 5'11', back then I weighed about 160#.
> Now a healthy 55, weight 190 #, after a 30 year hiatus, I tried skiing again
> this summer, and could *not* get up.

  Well gosh, welcome to the club!

  As a ***ager, I could shore start from a platform three feet above
the water or deep water start behind any boat that could eventually get
up to speed.  Those days passed my by somewhere in the last 30 years,
and now this 44 year old 190 pound body has to work a little harder.

  Your choices are to either lose 30 pounds and work out at the gym a
lot, or get some more horsepower and a larger ski and do deep water
starts.

  Rod McInnis