The wake didn't look great at the beginning because the boat was not up to speed. It did seem to struggle a little to get to 11.8 MPH. You see when it does get to speed, the wave cleans up. Also, there was a significant bow rise. Here is the boat setup:
All stock ballast full: 2 x 250# rear, 500# center, 300# bow
400# in each rear locker
Power Wedge at max
2 guys in boat (~200# ea)
When I surfed it, I was blown away with how much push it had and how long it was. I literally had to stomp on the back of the board to fall out the back of the wave! At one point, I cut too hard on the wave and went out pretty wide into the flats; I thought I was a goner, but I cut back into the wave, and it just caught me and pushed me back into the sweet spot. I didn't give it a try, but I think I would have liked a little more speed to lengthen out the wake and bring the bow down some.
I was REALLY impressed with the quality and size of the wake with just 1 person in the boat. It was as good or better than the best wake I can get out of my boat when it is full of people (and all slammed against one side!), and it definitely had more push. To get the best wave on my '07 VLX, I have center tank full (500#), surf side rear (200#), 750# in surf side rear locker, 450# in bow, wedge at minimum, and 4-5 guys.
One other thing I noticed was when we went over a shallow spot in the lake (maybe 8 ft), the wake was barely affected.
When I drove it, I did find the bow rise really annoying, and it definitely would take some practice to get used to the counter-steering needed when the Surf Gate deploys. It's not a big deal; it's just something that would need to get used to.
I am going to call today to find out what prop was on the boat. He thought it may be the Acme 1235, but he wasn't sure. I didn't hang out while he put it on the trailer, so I will find out which it had. My concern was the boat's seeming struggle to get to 11.8 MPH. As soon as the power wedge and Surf Gate deployed, the boat seemed to take 10 more seconds to get up to speed.
Edited by Tao of Wake, August 16, 2012 - 04:29 AM.