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russellbailey posted 08-05-2013 06:05 PM ET (US)   Profile for russellbailey   Send Email to russellbailey  
I just finished a weeklong trip to the headwaters of this lake on the VA/TN border. The lake elevation is around 2,000 ft above sea level and it drains mainly natural forest so it is quite clean. This is the 3rd year for our annual family trip there.

We did extensive watersports using our 1984 Outrage 25 with twin Optimax 150s. There were 13 of us total - my 2 siblings, our 3 spouses, and 7 kids ranging in age from 6-18. The most popular watersport was the kneeboard and 6 of the 7 kiddies made it into the 360 spin group this year. 4 of the 7 kiddies (including my 6 year old son) were wakeboarding this year, with the 18 year old getting some good jumps. Skiing overall seems less popular than it was when I was little - that works out well as the wake from the Outrage 25 is big for slalom skiing, though fine for recreational skiing. The wake is great for kneeboard and wakeboard.

My kids are focused on learning to slalom ski. I've told them we won't get a tube until they can both kneeboard, wakeboard and slalom ski. They've got 2 of the 3 done and my 9 year old is pretty close to slaloming but I think my 6 year old will be another summer.

The boat was great this trip. We used both the Turboswing and the radar arch to pull from. If we had two skiers we used the two sides of the Turboswing and if one skier the radar arch. It seemed to take the load easily and it really made a noticeable difference in the ride - the upwards angle of the rope really changes the ride. I had nearly totally replaced the wiring and electronics just prior to the trip and was pleased when it all worked.

All 13 of us did two boat rides down the lake to a jump rock - it was a 12' drop with the full pool, but the bottom is more than 100' down - an old cliff along the flooded riverbed. I realize 13 is 1 over the max but we were well under the weight so it was not a safety concern. With the boat loaded, flying top, radar arch and 100 gallons of fuel top speed dropped to about 42 mph. With just me, top down, 100 gallons of fuel and the arch top speed is more like 47 mph.

Heading to jump rock - loaded down
http://i1205.photobucket.com/albums/bb434/russellbailey3/ 2013%20Bailey%20Family%20Lake%20Trip/IMGP2472_zps9f1970c9.jpg
http://i1205.photobucket.com/albums/bb434/russellbailey3/ 2013%20Bailey%20Family%20Lake%20Trip/IMGP2471_zps0ca8f5f9.jpg

Arch jump
http://i1205.photobucket.com/albums/bb434/russellbailey3/ 2013%20Bailey%20Family%20Lake%20Trip/IMGP2485_zps04dd9223.jpg

About to jump
http://i1205.photobucket.com/albums/bb434/russellbailey3/ 2013%20Bailey%20Family%20Lake%20Trip/IMGP2487_zps38f348d3.jpg

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