Originally posted by Dean21
Mr sterling am I right in thinking that you have abit of a skiracing background? before ocr? the reason im asking is because I was just wondering about how the two differnt setups of skiracing boats and ocr/ race boats affect the speed of the boat . You say above that your phantom will do 67 on the flat ( which is a good honest speed) but would it still do 67 towing a skier?? . Im I right in thinking that skiracing boats run with more weight to flatten the water more for the skier?
ps: a few years ago you sold my dad a ring 16! great little boat!
Yes my past is catching up with me! I used to ski for Weston back in the late eighties (not very well I hasten to add!) I only learnt to ski at the age of 32 and was ski-racing at 35. The level of fitness required for someone who had started late in his career was the biggest factor and I struggled towards the end of a race. It was also my boat, my girlfriend was the observer and my driver used to let me down on a regular basis, so we used to have to "borrow" a driver for the support race (veterans). In ski racing it is a team sport and getting the understanding between observer, skier and driver was a problem at most races as each team have their own signals etc, so we again struggled. I didn`t get chance to drive my own boat so that was the contributing factor for joining OCR. The boat was a 19 Marshan with an XR2 called No Problem! Having competed for a couple of years I take my hat off to those who make it look so easy!
I have very little experience of actually towing a skier in race conditions so I cannot compare the speed of my P21 or advise on set up. The boat I have is an ex ski race boat but I bought it set up to do OCR. I am told it used to run a belly tank in its ski racing days.