> As a first time boat buyer, I am not sure of what amount of horsepower
> I need to adequately pull a skiier. I assume it depends on the weight
> of the boat - I am considering an 18' model with a 1500 lb hull weight.
> It comes standard with a 120 HP OB. Is this good enough? I plan on
> learning to slalom ski and wakeboard eventually, if this makes any
> difference. Thanks for the help.
> Donald E. Scott
> Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta Georgia, 30332
Everybody's needs are different, but for recreational skiing I would say
that 120 hp outboard should be fine for skiing behind an 18' boat. Of
course, the more the merrier. I wouldn't want to go any less for a boat of
that size. I've seen people get up behind a 90 hp outboard, but they're
*** on for a long time before they get up. I would definately not go
below 115 hp and 140 hp would be a lot better for hole shot. If you ever
get into barefooting, you'll want more.
If you are looking at sterndrives (I/Os) I wouldn't get one below 170 hp.
Of course, this is just my opinion. If you can try the boat out, do so.
It'll do until you get hooked and have to buy your inboard. For skiing I'd
also recommend a s/s prop. They make a big difference.