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mickey119

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mickey119

what is the best set up for a 96 sunsetter lx? right now I have a launch pad 540 in the back along with 100 lbs of lead. I have 250 in the ski locker. The wake is good at 20 mph but its really wide. I like to ride at 24ish and the wake starts to flaten out by then. any advice?? thanks!

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Liquidmx

That answer depends on your riding abilities primarily. If you are okay with riding at a true 24mph (some speedo's and PP can be grossly off) then you will want substantial weight for a good wake at that speed. The general formula is that as your riding progresses you will add length to the rope and ride at a faster speed. The result is the need for more weight as a result (plus a very good foundation of fundamentals to get "pop" out of the wake).

Now onto weight. Generally weight in the bow results in a less vertical wake, while weight in the back will result in a more vertical wake. I am not sure as to what you need specifically since i do not have experience with that hull. Generally most boat I have rode behind require somewhere in the range of 60% weight in the back and 40% in the front. Based on this very simple concept I am betting you are far too rear heavy.

Now, personally I would stick a 500 on each side of the motor and one in the bow, plus the 250 in the locker to see where you get.

And remember more weight = more strain on the motor, harder to drive (like a tank) and propping down is likely needed as well.

Keep us posted.

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That answer depends on your riding abilities primarily. If you are okay with riding at a true 24mph (some speedo's and PP can be grossly off) then you will want substantial weight for a good wake at that speed. The general formula is that as your riding progresses you will add length to the rope and ride at a faster speed. The result is the need for more weight as a result (plus a very good foundation of fundamentals to get "pop" out of the wake).

Now onto weight. Generally weight in the bow results in a less vertical wake, while weight in the back will result in a more vertical wake. I am not sure as to what you need specifically since i do not have experience with that hull. Generally most boat I have rode behind require somewhere in the range of 60% weight in the back and 40% in the front. Based on this very simple concept I am betting you are far too rear heavy.

Now, personally I would stick a 500 on each side of the motor and one in the bow, plus the 250 in the locker to see where you get.

And remember more weight = more strain on the motor, harder to drive (like a tank) and propping down is likely needed as well.

Keep us posted.

This is what we do in our '95 Sunsetter also. 2- 560 on each side of the engine about a foot back from the seat, and a 360 in the locker filled to what will fit in it. No lead... should the boat get swamped, I don't want it to sink! We usually have 4-6 people on board, 2 up front and the rest in back.

Forgot to add that we have the wedge down also.

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Wedge? If so toss a sack in the walkway and you're golden with the set up you have. If not, the best wake I have gotten out of that hull was 500 behind motor, 250 or so on each side of the motor, sack in the locker and a sack in the walkway.

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mickey119

no wedge Cry.gif but im going to try 540 on each side of the motor, the locker sac and 250 in the walkway. I will let you all know how that turns out.

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