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jhenkel posted 06-07-2005 08:27 AM ET (US)   Profile for jhenkel   Send Email to jhenkel  
I got a chance to try skiing behind my Rage 14 on Saturday. I can get up ok on a wakeboard, but on my slalom I just couldn't quite get up.

Now I'm no bean pole at 218 pounds but I do have a wide, shaped ski and can get up all day long beind a pwc or regular boat.

The boat needs just a bit more power to get the job done. So, I've ordered a set of Smart Tabs from Nauticus, should be here in time for a trial this coming weekend.

I expect great things from these tabs given what I've read and the difference in the Rage's ride characteristics when I moved weight (wife) to the front of the boat to keep the bow down in the chop.

Pulling the kids on the tube at 18mph (4100rpm) was a constant throttle exercise because that seems to be the speed at which the hull is just on plane and can fall off easily, another characteristic I expect to improve with the tabs.

I'm also considering the performance kit from TurboJet marine ( ). They have the kit that just includes the nozzle and intake grate mods, not the engine mods. It sells for $450.00 and claims to increase top speed.

I've always been under the impression that modifications done to increase top speed tended to hurt hole shot performance which is really what I need. Does anyone have experience with this performance kit to confirm or discount that it will help hole shot?



tuna1 posted 06-07-2005 09:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for tuna1  Send Email to tuna1     
You need to inspect the impeller/wear ring for condition and wear.From what you state for preformance(18MPH@4100 RPM)it appears you need some pump work.

The Nauticus tabs are a poor band aid solution to a trim solution.You will find the boat preformance in reverse will be poor, the tabs hang down and make backing the boat up a problem.You may find the passenger moving in the bow from the cooler seat to the bow cushion area a much better solution trim solution to the Nauticus tabs.A proper set of adjustiable tabs is the best solution to trim.

jhenkel posted 06-07-2005 09:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for jhenkel  Send Email to jhenkel     
Thanks for the quick reply, tuna1. The numbers i've quoted are when towing the tube. It is a large, two person tube with lots of drag.

I don't recall the rpm's without the tube attached, but I did clock a max speed with just myself in the boat of 34.6mph. Does that number support your statement that I should have the wear ring and impeller inspected or does it seem ok?



tuna1 posted 06-07-2005 05:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for tuna1  Send Email to tuna1     
The impeller of your jet pump,acts a ducted prop,and the effeciency of the jet is developed and lost at the clearance between the tips of the impeller and the inside diameter of the wear ring-where as the clearance is increased the preasure and volume of water the pump moves drops due to the wear.Anything you do to reduce the clearance to a min. of .020" will be the best money spent on preformance items.
Larry posted 06-13-2005 10:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for Larry  Send Email to Larry     
Did you decide to install the smart tabs or go with something else. Elsewhere others have mentioned adding a wedge to an 18 rage but I don't think that may be an option with the 15 rage.
jhenkel posted 06-13-2005 01:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for jhenkel  Send Email to jhenkel     

In the end I decided to go with the Smart Tabs. They did not arive in time to install them before the weekend, but I should have them on by the end of this week.

What convinced me was reading the reviews that other small boat owners have written, mostly over at By the way, I ordered them directly from the manufacturer and got a price lower than even eBay.

I'm expecting alot from these tabs, I'll let you know what happens as soon as I get them installed.



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