Am I getting enought horsepower?

Am I getting enought horsepower?

Post by Donald E. Sco » Tue, 16 Sep 1997 04:00:00


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

 
 
 

Am I getting enought horsepower?

Post by Donald Passenge » Tue, 16 Sep 1997 04:00:00

Quote:

> 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


If it'll go about 40 MPH, you can get by with it, unless you are pulling
really big people, for general recreational skiing.  You however will
get more serious and eventually not be satisfied until you get a ski
boat.

--

Don Passenger


Personal: "http://www.iserv.net/~dpasseng"
District Court: "http://www.iserv.net/~dpasseng/61st"

 
 
 

Am I getting enought horsepower?

Post by david lawrence baxte » Wed, 17 Sep 1997 04:00:00

        A friend of mine bought a bayliner this year that is about 17
feet and it has a 120hp outboard on it.  It pulls Ok.  I have slalomed
behind it and it is a slight struggle to get up but not a real problem.  
The wakeboard wake is rather small and it is hard to hold the boat at a
decent wakeboard speed.  It is a decent ski boat but it is no inboard.  I
had a hard time driving it and holding a decent speed.  The throttles are
no where near as sensitive and smooth as those of an inboard.  

good luck
david


Quote:
> 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



 
 
 

Am I getting enought horsepower?

Post by Mike Scannel » Wed, 17 Sep 1997 04:00:00



Quote:
> 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


Don:

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.

Mike

 
 
 

Am I getting enought horsepower?

Post by Shaw » Sat, 20 Sep 1997 04:00:00

A friend of ours bought a 20' Hurricane fun deck with a Yamaha 115 outboard
it pulls me on a slalom and a wake board, my technique is not the greatest
either. If this boat can pull me 5' 9" 209 lbs. of pure FAT and get my lard
ass out of the water you
should have no problem. How ever it does take longer than our CC to get you
out
of the water.
                                            Good Luck with your choice.
                                                 Shawn

 
 
 

Am I getting enought horsepower?

Post by Makowic » Thu, 02 Oct 1997 04:00:00

That set up should work fine. I have a 18 ft boat with a 135 that works well
 for skiing and wake boarding. If you get hooked you will grow up in boat
 cost/power, if you don't no loss.