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92skier

Manual wedge question.

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92skier

As I understand it, a floating wedge is held down by the force of water. Has anyone ever tried not locking in a manual wedge? Would it stay down by itself? What effect would it have on the wake? Just doing some brainstorming.

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alxmlr789

I would imagine it would break pretty quickly. If you're trying to get the same effect as a "floating" wedge, this is not it. The floating wedge is still locked in if my memory serves me correctly.

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scfdfireman

The floating wedge has stronger arms (Stainless) and I think the wing and bracket may also be stainless. If it's not locked in the up position it just hangs down and eventually "floats" midway when under power. My locking wedge has softer bronze arms, an aluminum wing and bracket. I don't believe that it would hold up letting it float and not locking it in at the lower position.

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tvano

i'm pretty sure that this has been tried and detailed in this forum. search for it.

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Lance B. Johnson

Honestly I think the difference that you would see is minimal anyway.

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tgcbi

only real difference seems to be how pretty the floating wedge looks ...

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Lance B. Johnson

Durability!

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dalt1

I think the fixed wedge will just kick back up and lock in up position if not locked down.

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martinarcher

There are big differences in design.

1. The floater is made of more durable stainless.

2. The floater does not lock down, but rests in the lowest position (both designs lock in the upper position).

3. The floater's foil is angled downward so the water passing over the foil causes it to dive ad pull the foil down.

4. The manual wedge foil is not angled near as much and I would guess if not locked in, might kick back up violently.

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Wayne

I can confirm the floating wedge stays all the way down when moving. I have climbed over the sunpad, opened the door in the platform and felt the arms are in contact with the stop bolts. Once down it never "floats".

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92skier

Thanks for the replies. I was just wondering. I'm happy with my locking wedge. I was just wondering what would happen if you didn't lock it down. I'm bored at work. LOL

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wakesetter8796

The only "floating" thing is I think if you hit something it will float up instead of staying locked in so it won't break.

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Ronnie

I can confirm the floating wedge stays all the way down when moving. I have climbed over the sunpad, opened the door in the platform and felt the arms are in contact with the stop bolts. Once down it never "floats".

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