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ron3637 posted 01-05-2002 03:47 PM ET (US)   Profile for ron3637   Send Email to ron3637  
Can you easily water ski with a 23 foot conquest or a 22 foot revenge with one large ob thanks ron
David Ratusnik posted 01-05-2002 04:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Ratusnik  Send Email to David Ratusnik     
Ron- Water sports from a Revenge or OR should be about the same- neither boat is purpose built for this activity yet both can handle abit of it. My kids wakeboard, ski, kneeboard, and tube from our 22' OR. There are two strong eyes on the transom from which you hook up a bridle- hooks to lines running to a float behind the engine. In my case since I have a 225 on a 2' bracket the bridle is a 14' footer. From the float you run ski lines to the child. Now this works fine for young kids- mine are now 7, 14, and 17'--aged since I began watersports from the Whaler. Problem is the 14 year old is getting good at wakeboarding and is claiming that the bridle setup is hindering him "getting air" under the board. I have pondered a more proper setup where a pole comes up over the engine providing a better angle for him to get this "air" he desires. Haven't done a modification yet since I do not want to carve up the boat. We shall see just how capable he becomes. The point, the Whaler you are contemplating can handle BASIC water sports just fine. Good luck David
jimh posted 01-05-2002 05:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
There are specialty boats built just for water skiing or wake boarding.

I have seen plenty of people water skiing behind their Whaler.

I have never seen anyone offshore fishing in a ski-boat.

dauntlass 18 posted 01-06-2002 06:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for dauntlass 18  Send Email to dauntlass 18     
Both my Whalers came with a very heavy pipe type ski pole which fits into a factory installed fitting on the transom.Boats are 18Dantlass&21Conquest.The Whaler catalogue for 1999 shows a ski pylon option .It would be very easy to install if boat did not come eqp. with pylon.And yes either hull will work fine to pull water toys and young people around.
dfmcintyre posted 01-06-2002 08:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
Ron -

As Dave and Jim have posted, it's "doable", but not perfect. In my opinion, the BW line (for the most part) allows an owner to have decent, but not perfect functionality in a wide range of activities; skiing, diving, fishing, cruising to mention the obvious. And that's what make Whalers great.

As Dave pointed out it's pretty easy to rig a basic tow bridle. BTDT. While the wake is larger behind a 22 Revenge/Outrage, I know of no true skiboat that is unsinkable either.

There are ski posts available through most of the major catalog outlets that would work just fine. Some of the better posts are removable, when you want to go fishing or cruising.

Best - Don McIntyre

bdb posted 01-06-2002 08:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for bdb  Send Email to bdb     
Anyone care to guess how many people learned to ski behind a 13 footer? Cripes, probably two-thirds of the world!

Draftmanswife posted 01-07-2002 07:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
Geez...I knee-board from my 13'!
kingfish posted 01-08-2002 09:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
The story I got from the guy I bought my Outrage 22' from was that all he used it for was to pull his daughter water-skiing. I pretty much believe him; given the pristine condition of the boat he couldn't have used it for much else. It does have plenty of poop with 225 HP on the back, and the wake is nowhere near as big as those I used to jump on the Century runabouts my Dad always had when I was a kid, though not as flat as the wake of a ski-boat.

If all I was going to do was water ski, I think I'd look for a ski-boat. I have to wonder though if his initial purchase wasn't at least partially affected by the malady all of us here have in one form or another: Whaleritus. One recognizable symptom is the uncontrollable urge to spend a little more money in order to get a boat that can do more than one thing well.


where2 posted 01-09-2002 04:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
If the water you run in is suitable for it, I can't imagine why you couldn't ski behind a 22OR. I've seen people tow a knee board or a tube behind a 26' Sea Ray! In high school, my friend and I used to knee board behind my 10' Zodiac w/ 9.5hp Evinrude and zero wake. I've since graduated to a 15' Sport w/ 70Hp, and a wake board, although I've learned to avoid the ICW since 1995. All the idiots who just bought a boat will run right up behind your skier in the ICW. If I thought boating licenses would help, I'd be all for them, but I drove on I-95 today, and it didn't help.
SuburbanBoy posted 01-09-2002 06:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for SuburbanBoy  Send Email to SuburbanBoy     
where2 you said "If I thought boating licenses would help, I'd be all for them, but I drove on I-95 today, and it didn't help." I guess you mean that the extra "degree of freedom" (lack of a marked road or path on water) does not improve upon human nature or driving courtesy and safety. I know what you mean. Still, I enjoyed my Power Squadron class.


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