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  • How many hp do i need to wakeboard tube or ski?

    I have a 14ft fiberglass with 40hp mariner. Can i pull a tube or wake boarder or maybe a skier?
    Would you recommend a ski poll over the outboard or just the 2 hooks and rope.
    Matt


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    Re: How many hp do i need to wakeboard tube or ski?

    you have more than enough hp and ya a pole is better if you can afford it

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    • #3
      Re: How many hp do i need to wakeboard tube or ski?

      You should be able to pull up most skiers. If the skier is very heavy or skiing with one ski it is harder to get up. An experienced skier can get up faster than a beginner.
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      • #4
        Re: How many hp do i need to wakeboard tube or ski?

        yay this answers my question too..

        i've got a 14ft runabout with a 1959 evinrude 35.. so its probally around a newer 40-45 or something [horsepower rating difference]

        so i should be alright with a wakeboard or tube

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          Re: How many hp do i need to wakeboard tube or ski?

          Originally posted by boat1010 View Post
          You should be able to pull up most skiers. If the skier is very heavy or skiing with one ski it is harder to get up. An experienced skier can get up faster than a beginner.
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          • #6
            Re: How many hp do i need to wakeboard tube or ski?

            Note....
            Do not pull a Tube from an Outboard Pylon (Same as a tower)
            Only use strongly reinforced transom eyes.
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            • #7
              Re: How many hp do i need to wakeboard tube or ski?

              Originally posted by MrPhotographer06 View Post
              yay this answers my question too..

              i've got a 14ft runabout with a 1959 evinrude 35.. so its probally around a newer 40-45 or something [horsepower rating difference]

              so i should be alright with a wakeboard or tube
              It works the other way. Outboards made before the mid-1980s were rated by crankshaft power, later models were rated by propshaft power, accounting for losses in the lower unit. The 1959 35 would be rated closer to 30 hp today.

              As for tubing and wakeboarding, it should be fine for light people but you'll probably have some difficulty with anyone over 150 lb or so.

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              • #8
                Re: How many hp do i need to wakeboard tube or ski?

                My second boat was a 14' aluminum with a 35hp Johnny on it. I tried getting skiers up and it was impossible. The boat was too light, too small, and not enough power to compensate. Towing a tuber was no problem, however I did notice that on turns, and when turning, the tube/r would begin dictating the turn, essentially taking over and therefore keeping the boat in the middle of a turn while the tube/r takes control of the turn.

                With your boat being fiberglass, I don't see skiing happening, but you never know. The hardest thing is getting that person out of the water. If you've got a solid holeshot and flat, calm water, you may pull it off.

                Good luck and be safe!




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                • #9
                  Re: How many hp do i need to wakeboard tube or ski?

                  well the carbs being fixed sunday.. and i'll be totally water ready after checking/changing the foot oil/ seals maybe..

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                  • #10
                    Re: How many hp do i need to wakeboard tube or ski?

                    You have to pay to play.... your boat just isn't designed for this.. Ive seen people ski behind 20hp before but we are talking about very experienced skiers.. im 200lbs and I have done it before behind a 75hp and wouldn't be in a hurry to do it again.. depends on skill and prop as well.. I personally think 90hp on a smaller boat would be the lowest for teaching anyone how to ski or for beginners..

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                    • #11
                      Re: How many hp do i need to wakeboard tube or ski?

                      I not realy looking to ski or pull them. Mostly tubing, easy and you dont need much skill. Maby a kneeboard.
                      Thanks for the help
                      Matt

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                      • #12
                        Re: How many hp do i need to wakeboard tube or ski?

                        Success depends a lot on how heavy the boat is. 500 lb - no problem. 750 lb -borderline - 1,000 lb unlikely. Weight being the enemy of performance - if you boat on a lake that does not require a spotter, having the driver-only helps. If the skier is a light weight then it could be fine.

                        Definitely do NOT use a ski pole. The higher tow point will cause the front of the boat to rise and keep it from getting up on plane. Pull from the eyes low on the transom for the best hole shot.

                        Growing up our ski boats were a 14' alum w/ tiller steer 20hp. then a 40 hp on a 13 1/2' Boston Whaler. That was a great little ski boat.

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                        • #13
                          Re: How many hp do i need to wakeboard tube or ski?

                          I have a similar question. I'm looking at a 17' fiberglass Dorel with a 115 Johnson. The only thing I want this for is wakeboarding and I need it to be able to tow a full grown person and pull them up really quickly. I'm worried that we're going to have made a huge mistake.
                          Thanks

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                          • #14
                            Re: How many hp do i need to wakeboard tube or ski?

                            Im sure you will be fine with a 115. Iv seen wakeboarding on a 25hp john boat.
                            Matt

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                              Re: How many hp do i need to wakeboard tube or ski?

                              Oh god a 115 will pull out a horse on a wakeboard. You should have no problem doing anything you want with a 115 hp. I ski'd behind a 50 hp before. Granted it was on a 14 foot boat.
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