How big is too big for pulling a skier?

Discussion in 'Classic Sea Rays' started by MMcCawley, Sep 27, 2010.

  1. MMcCawley

    MMcCawley Member

    156
    Sep 11, 2010
    San Clemente, Ca
    1989 268 Sundancer
    454 Mercruiser w/Bravo I Drive
    Hi guys,

    Wanted to get some opinions... At what point is a boat too big/heavy for pulling a skier/wakeboarder/etc? In particular I'm considering a 1985 25' Sundancer as a great all-around multipurpose ocean and lake boat but I'm concerned that it's going to be too big to pull a skier. This particular boat has a single 350 Chevy and an OMC outdrive and weighs roughly 4700 lbs dry.

    Thanks for the feedback,
    Matt
     
  2. FYN409

    FYN409 New Member

    222
    Jul 16, 2007
    West Michigan
    88 Sorrento 25 Sundancer 26

    330 HP 7.4 L Mercrusier
    7.4L 330 HP
    Depends on how much skiing you plan on doing. My wife occasionally ski's behind our 26' Sundancer, but it's not something you would want to do all day or with a lot of people. I have the 7.4 liter with an Alpha1.
     
  3. JV II

    JV II Active Member

    Nov 17, 2007
    Newport, RI
    2016 50 Fly
    Volvo Penta D11
    The bigger the boat, the bigger the wake, the bigger the air.
     
  4. BlewByYou88

    BlewByYou88 Member

    954
    Jul 24, 2010
    Arizona
    268 Sea Ray Sundancer 1988
    2X 4.3L 4bbl Mercs w/ Alphas
    We do it behind the 268. Ski, Wakeboard, Tube...Like they say...bigger wake. Wake boarders don't know what they are missing!:lol:
     
  5. MMcCawley

    MMcCawley Member

    156
    Sep 11, 2010
    San Clemente, Ca
    1989 268 Sundancer
    454 Mercruiser w/Bravo I Drive
    So is it safe to say that a 25' Sundancer with a 350 will have enough acceleration to pull a single skier out of the water?
     
  6. Tonka Boater

    Tonka Boater Active Member

    Jun 11, 2008
    Wayzata, MN
    1997 232 BR
    502 MAG, Bravo I
    You'll have enough power. The question is whether the skier will get fatigued just getting out of the hole. Cruisers don't have great hole shots so the skier might be plowing water for awhile until you get enough speed to pull them up. I've only skied behind ski boats so I can't say for sure. And you will need a nice long area to run because you won't be doing tight button hooks with your Sundancer....though it would be fun to jump the wake on a turn.
     
  7. rcknecht

    rcknecht Active Member

    Mar 23, 2009
    toms river,nj
    340 Sundancer 2001
    T 454 MPI
    We had friends that would pull 5 skiers at a time behind their 38' egg harbor. We had a 250 (with a 7.4) that we would pull skiers, but it cost a lot in fuel and we did not do that often... It would be fine for an all around boat...
     
  8. Converse48

    Converse48 Well-Known Member

    Nov 20, 2006
    Chesapeake Bay
    2010 McKinna 57 Pilothouse
    QSM-11
    Although we do not regularly ski behind our 44DB... we have done it once, this past weekend. It was just to say we've done it...
    [youtube]TAQRpYYjby8[/youtube]
     
  9. BlewByYou88

    BlewByYou88 Member

    954
    Jul 24, 2010
    Arizona
    268 Sea Ray Sundancer 1988
    2X 4.3L 4bbl Mercs w/ Alphas
    BWAHAHAHAA!:smt043 NICE!!!!!!

    Thats about a $50 hole-shot right there huh?:thumbsup:
     
  10. At Ease

    At Ease New Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    735
    Oct 28, 2007
    CT
    Boatless
    Boatless
    Our son tried wakeboarding behind our 260 but there are a couple of issues. Keeping the boat at the correct speed was difficult becaus the speed that he likes is right between the boat plowing and it coming up on plane. Once the boat comes on plane the speed jumps of course and that was too fast for him. The other issue especially on a river that is narrow was being able to see around the boat to know whether or not he could go outside the wake. With the bow up, not alot of visibility. Also getting back to a fallen skiier or boarder takes longer and that is not good with other boats in the area. He now goes and instructs at a wakeboard park using high speed winches. If we were really into it, I would just buy a ski or wakeboard boat. Not to that point for our family.
     
  11. HUMPH

    HUMPH Well-Known Member

    Nov 4, 2009
    SF BAY AREA
    2003 410DA,
    2004 C14 Caribe
    CAT 3126TA's 350HP/
    50HP Honda
    That's why we bought a Sea Doo Speedster! We can pull a tube or skier all day on 20 gallons. The 320DA would use that in 30 minutes...
     
  12. OldSkool

    OldSkool Active Member

    May 8, 2010
    Boating on Raystown Lake, Pa
    restored 1976 SRV200
    188 Mercruiser I/O
  13. Kameroo

    Kameroo Member GOLD Sponsor

    683
    Feb 1, 2007
    Louisville, KY
    12' Kayaks
    Human
    My kids are in the beginning stages, so I wouldn't put them behind anything over 22 feet (or maybe a 240 now that they measure the platforms in there). Sure, you can ski behind almost anything, but beyond a certain point the wakes become too big and the hole shots start to suck.

    If you have a larger boat, you may consider picking up a sub-$5000 18 foot'er--that's what we did.
     
  14. fc3

    fc3 Just another eclectic geek TECHNICAL Contributor

    Nov 12, 2006
    Northern NJ
    1999 Sea Ray 330DA
    Twin 7.4 MPI (310 propshaft HP) V-drives
    Twin Mercury Marine marinized 7.4L L-29 V8s
    Cast iron block w 4-bolt mains
    My previous boat was 26 foot with a single 350 CID sterndrive. Nothing wrong with that size boat for water-skiing or tubing. We also skiied behind a friend's 27' Sea Ray with a single 7.4 and Bravo drive. No problems there either. We use to slalom and combo ski both boats. No problem. A friend also spent a day behind mine on trick skis doing flips and backward skiing, etc.

    We skied and tubed with the 330. It was okay, but the turning circle is a bit wide and the fuel consumption was a bit excessive. The other boats were much cheaper to run. We ski and tube now with a Sea Doo RXT-X. A lot of power, but fun
     
  15. Converse48

    Converse48 Well-Known Member

    Nov 20, 2006
    Chesapeake Bay
    2010 McKinna 57 Pilothouse
    QSM-11
    Completely agree... when we're not skiiing behind the 44' (which we only did once) we ski behind this... which cost me ~5K.
    [​IMG]
     
  16. eman369

    eman369 New Member

    112
    May 4, 2010
    Ohio soon ?
    00 Mountineer AWD 5.0
    1977 Sea Ray 240 Weekender
    351 ford & Pre Alpha "R"
    So I guess all in all the answer is YES (yea) but you will pay for it in GAS. hole-shot and can be modified with prop selection and bow-down with tabs.... yes fun fun fun till the sun goes down
     
  17. MMcCawley

    MMcCawley Member

    156
    Sep 11, 2010
    San Clemente, Ca
    1989 268 Sundancer
    454 Mercruiser w/Bravo I Drive
    Nice boat, I love the MasterCraft's. What year is that one? Looks like you stole it for $5k.
     
  18. melisssaparker46

    melisssaparker46 New Member

    5
    Sep 20, 2010
    usa
    Boatless
    Boatless
    wow your yachts are beautiful. Very worthy to be in the signature.
     
  19. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
    This is listed in my signature
    This is listed in my signature
    We used to ski on Lake Michigan behind a 26 SR express. We saw people skiing in the North Channel a few years ago in Government Bay behind a 39 SR. Cruise ship trumps everything.
     
  20. Converse48

    Converse48 Well-Known Member

    Nov 20, 2006
    Chesapeake Bay
    2010 McKinna 57 Pilothouse
    QSM-11
    I saw the Mythbusters episode when they skied behind the cruise ship... they didn't get up behind the cruise ship... the dude got up behind a whaler-type boat and then he grabbed a line that was dragging in the water behind the ship. So although quite cool, I'm going to say that doesn't count! Surely someone here has skied or 'boarded behind a boat bigger than 44'.

    And MMcCawley, my MasterCraft is a 1990. It's in really nice shape for a 20 year old boat.
     

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