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Wake Photos

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last morning of july 4th weekend vacation....had to load the boat and drive 10 hours home. bummer.

anyway, I thought I'd make the trip toward the landing (from cabin) useful and snap a few images of the wake produced by my malibu.

The photos are in order at the following speeds:

20 mph

28 mph

30 mph

32 mph

34 mph

36 mph

The boat is basically stock. 1989 Malibu 'California Series' Sunsetter. 350 Mercruiser. OJ Legend Prop. Gas half full. Boat basically empty, except for a 225 lb. driver with a knee on the steering wheel, photographing backwards at 7 a.m. You can certainly see the boat listing toward driver side.

enjoy, I know you have been anxiously awaiting these.


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these were all shot near Lake Upsilon in north central North Dakota.....that's right, North Dakota.

you can see how much traffic was out there Sunday morning; that's pretty much average. Thumbup.gif

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Since I don't have access to other ski boats on my lake, I always try to compare the ski wake on my iRide to other people's pictures. When I do this Rorschach test I see an "X" formed by the dominant lines of the wake. If you were to estimate a skier at 15' off, approximately where would they be crossing the wake at 30 and 32 mph? At the cross in the X? Slightly below the X, if the boat is the bottom of the X?

Pictures look nice. My lake would be dotted with fisherman giving me the finger at the time.

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Here is an update with your requested information.....at 32 mph only.

It's tough to eyeball a wake an estimate the length of rope crossing area Dontknow.gif .

At 22' off you are pretty much right on the rooster tail (convergence of the wakes) for the older sunsetters, skiers, and Euros; 15' off you are behind it, but feel the first and second wakes.

At 28' off (and shorter) it feels pretty darn good. It usually takes us till mid summer to run with the shorter length and feel good about it. We usually ski 34-36 mph. At the shorter length you really don't think about the wake rather the next turn which feels like is coming really fast.

There just aren't many inboards around here either. Never been behind another Malibu. Cry.gif Crazy, I know.

hope this helps.



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Thanks...I'm going to shorten the rope this weekend just to see what you guys are all dealing with. I sure wish I had a course on my lake.

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