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Feejer posted 03-23-2007 02:28 PM ET (US)   Profile for Feejer   Send Email to Feejer  
The guy down the stree[t] from me has an [some sort of 2004 Boston Whaler 13-foot boat] in mint condition. He is moving to the west coast and has no interest in keeping the boat. His selling price is very very good. His boat has a 40-HP [motor]. Can this pull a skier or a least a tube or wake board?


Whaler_bob posted 03-23-2007 03:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for Whaler_bob  Send Email to Whaler_bob     
Wake board- no problem.
Tubing- fine.
Skiing? Well, under-100-lb skier with two skis should be ok- slalom will be a bit tuffer getting up. Adult (or one of today's super-sized teens) would prove difficult with a 40-HP. For Skiing a 15' with a 60-HP or 17 Montauk with 90 to 115-HP would be much much better.
contender posted 03-23-2007 09:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for contender  Send Email to contender     
Whaler_bob is correct, a 13 with a 40 will be able to pull a skier up if he and she is not to big, I use to either get up on two skis and drop one or drag a leg to start. The other problem I found as you got better at skiing and stronger you are able to stall the boat, tubing and boarding you will be fine. Good luck have fun.
drd posted 03-26-2007 12:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for drd  Send Email to drd     
not exactly apples to apples but. My 73 13 with a 40 hp pulls a tube great. I have tried watersking off the back and have not been able to get up. I'm also ~185, and not at all a good skier. The boat should have enough power to pull someone smaller/lighter.
John from Madison CT posted 03-27-2007 07:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for John from Madison CT  Send Email to John from Madison CT     
Wow, I learned something today. I would have bet the farm that a 13' with a 40hp could pull a skier no problem at all.
JMARTIN posted 03-27-2007 11:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for JMARTIN  Send Email to JMARTIN     
It will pull a skier, but a salom skier will be able to "pull" the boat. Heck, I can pull a 15 with a 70hp a bit. It is a combination of small boat, easy to pull from the side, and not enough poop in the motor. You get use to it slowing down, as a skier, but unless you can step off, it can be hard to get up on one ski. John
David1877 posted 03-27-2007 01:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for David1877  Send Email to David1877     
which model of 13 is it? Sport? Dauntless 13?

I owned a Dauntlees 13 powered with a 40 yamaha. I concur with others, tube ok. 2 skis, ok.

If it is the Sport, you will get better performance (speed) than with the Dauntless 13 hull.

nydealer posted 03-27-2007 09:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for nydealer  Send Email to nydealer     
13 dauntless was not made in 2004, it must be the Sport
contender posted 03-27-2007 10:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for contender  Send Email to contender     
Have any of you skiers ever drag a leg?
Whaler_bob posted 03-29-2007 12:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for Whaler_bob  Send Email to Whaler_bob     
Have any of you skiers ever drag a leg?

Yes, when we used to overload my brothers Montauk with people or tried to get up two Slalom skiers at the same time. Even as a 20 year old, the drag-leg used to hurt the day after. Now being 40+ I can imagine the "day after" effects of drag-leg :-0

There was an additional technique we used to get up when the boat was overloaded or we wanted to pull two skiers at the same time: We would locate the skiers in shallow 2'-3' deep water near the flats, the boat was in slightly deeper water. The skier(s) would start hopping up and down off the shallow bottom, as soon as we (the observer in the boat) saw them hopping- we hit it! It really helped them get up quick. Only problem with that method was it only worked at low tide, and if you ditched before you got up- you got bathed in disgusting prop wash kick-up mud from the shallow bottom.
I can still hear us now from the boat shouting…… "start hopping!"

where2 posted 03-31-2007 11:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
Drag leg, drop ski, used wide slalom, my father and I have tried plenty of things on my 15_Sport. So far, nothing beats having 2" less pitch on the prop, helping the engine get to it's power band faster... Dropping 2" prop pitch was much more useful than any of the techniques we tried on a ski, other than dropping a ski.

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