Do you want to go surfing–but you have an inboard ski boat? While inboard ski boats aren’t necessarily designed for wakesurfing, they can make excellent surf boats with just a few small tweaks. Check out today’s tips on how to get the most out of your surf wave.
Do you have an inboard ski boat and want to surf? This isn’t a surprise seeing as how these boats are now the norm in the surfing world. In fact, top ski boat manufacturers are selling more and more of these boats with each new year. Considering the fact that just ten years ago the opposite was true, it makes sense that there are a lot of inboards out on the water that want to get into the sport of wakesurfing. Keep in mind that there are some big differences between the new surf boats and both new and old inboard ski boats. The first thing to understand is the difference between new surf boats and an inboard ski boat. New surf boats are designed to produce massive waves at 10 miles per hour. They have V-Drive engines, integral ballast, add on ballast, and large engines and props. This allows them to get up to speed with a lot of weight on board. Many of us have an inboard on the dock already and love to slalom ski, these boats hulls were designed with flat wakes at 30 miles per hour in mind. They have an engine mid-ship, and handle like a dream. Just because your first sport is slalom and you already have a boat you love doesn't mean you can't also enjoy the sport of wakesurfing. We just need to do a few things to get the most out of your existing boat.
What to do about this?
As you’ve probably guessed, there’s not much to be done about the hull shape. Nonetheless, it is possible to overcome the first difference we discussed, the engine. To do this, we just need to weight the boat differently which will generate a great wave at surf speeds. Start by placing a ballast bag or another source of weight as far back in the boat as possible. We recommend to start with somewhere in the range of 600lbs. Ultimately, what you want to achieve is for the boat to ride nose high at ten to twelve miles per hour. This pushes the stern into the water, displacing it, and creating a wave. For some boats, this combined with the SWELL Wakesurf Creator is enough to let go of the rope, surf, and have a great time. That being said, there are some boats will require even more weight. Consider that each side of the engine makes for a great space for more ballast.
Do you find yourself with a large and short wave? By adding weight to the bow, you can lengthen and shorten the wave while adding more weight to the rear of your boat will do the opposite. Wakeballast bags are a great tool to around when you want to adjust weight on the fly. A balance of 70% rear and 30% front typically works best for inboards.
Remember to always be safe while surfing and when weighting your boat. Make sure to never exceed the weight limits of your boat. As always, if you have questions about these tips, or about any of our products, be sure to call or email us today.