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    We have our surf wave dialed in on the 2020 G23 but occasionally have people on our boat who like to wakeboard. What would you guys recommend for a beginner wakeboard setup? I have 800lbs of lead in the boat with 200 more on the port side as is, so I was thinking for a beginner running empty ballast, 18mph, 60ft rope, but not a wakeboard guy myself. Thoughts?
    Last edited by wrut; 06-24-2020, 10:45 PM.

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    I hadnít boarded in 20 years and I got up and took some rips on our g23 last weekend..started at 60 ft and 20 mph without ballast. Moved to 65ft and 22 (no ballast) and it was the biggest wake i had ever been behind. I need to get my legs under me before going back to 22í.


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    • #3
      We do 1/2 ballast and 20-21 on our 2014 210. Had a 2004 210 before and ran 5000 lb ballast on that boat.

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      Ian S
      2014 SANTE. NSS. Pro balllast. Boatmate trailer
      2004 SANTE. 4000 lb ballast, 2013 graphics (prev). Ramlin trailer
      2009 Moomba Outback (prev). Boatmate trailer

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      • #4
        Ideally for beginners you want a very light boat with no lead except your 200 lb port side offsetting weight. If you donít want to remove your other lead to wakeboard for the beginners then you need to run empty ballast for sure. Run the NCRS at at 1 or 2. Shorten the rope until you have it where itís clean. With this setup you should be able to get the wake clean at 17.8-18 mph. As a general rule the lighter the boat the cleaner the wake at slow speed. A non weighted G23 will create plenty of wake for a beginner to intermediate rider.


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        • #5
          Originally posted by jphdrake View Post
          Ideally for beginners you want a very light boat with no lead except your 200 lb port side offsetting weight. If you donít want to remove your other lead to wakeboard for the beginners then you need to run empty ballast for sure. Run the NCRS at at 1 or 2. Shorten the rope until you have it where itís clean. With this setup you should be able to get the wake clean at 17.8-18 mph. As a general rule the lighter the boat the cleaner the wake at slow speed. A non weighted G23 will create plenty of wake for a beginner to intermediate rider.


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          Thanks. This confirms what I suspected. I definitely don't want to remove all of the lead. When we do wakeboard it would be a few sets out of the day and not worth a 20 min ride back to the dock to unload and go back out. I will try these settings and report back.

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          • #6
            Just glad to hear you are using your wakeboard boat for wakeboarding. Haha.

            Yeah with that lead you're going to want to run zero ballast. If the person is not jumping you can dial down the speed to a point where they are riding comfortably on top of the water but not at risk of being out of control.

            If they are testing out the wake you'll want to go the minimum speed to where the wake is clean and has no white wash. Which with that weight and people in the boat will probably be about 20mph. Keep the line short. Probably inside of 55 ft.

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            • #7
              As the last two mentioned, if using the wake - slow as possible and light as possible while clean. With the lead and a few people about 17-17.4 should be clean on one side and 17.6-18.0 on both sides. 60’ for beginners gives them more room inside the wakes to land or drive around, then once trying to go wtw, 50’ or 55’ and a bit faster.
              Last edited by 99bison; 06-24-2020, 07:06 AM.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by wrut View Post
                We have our surf wave dialed in on the 20202 G23 but occasionally have people on our boat who like to wakeboard. What would you guys recommend for a beginner wakeboard setup? I have 800lbs of lead in the boat with 200 more on the port side as is, so I was thinking for a beginner running empty ballast, 18mph, 60ft rope, but not a wakeboard guy myself. Thoughts?
                what surf settings are you running?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Randomtask View Post

                  what surf settings are you running?
                  800lbs of lead
                  • 100lbs port bow
                  • 100 lbs starboard bow
                  • 200lbs under observer seat
                  • 200lbs port rear seat (NOT rear locker)
                  • 200lbs starboard rear seat (NOT rear locker)
                  • No weight in either rear locker
                  • 11.2-11.5 mph depending on rider
                  • 0/5 for most riders
                  • 0/3 for skim style riders
                  • 100% factory ballast

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