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    With so many great looking vintage jet boats on the market I'm starting to think outside the propeller box. My family is pretty into recreational skiing / boarding / footing, and all my experience is outboard, i/o, direct drive. What's it like on the end of a line behind a jet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bad cad View Post
    With so many great looking vintage jet boats on the market I'm starting to think outside the propeller box. My family is pretty into recreational skiing / boarding / footing, and all my experience is outboard, i/o, direct drive. What's it like on the end of a line behind a jet?
    depends on who's drivin!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bad cad View Post
    With so many great looking vintage jet boats on the market I'm starting to think outside the propeller box. My family is pretty into recreational skiing / boarding / footing, and all my experience is outboard, i/o, direct drive. What's it like on the end of a line behind a jet?
    its pretty cool ...i pull almost everything behind my jet...the 1 thing u DONT have to worry about is some1 getting cut up by a prop, especially kids!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TINTDESIGNZ View Post
    depends on who's drivin!
    Ya, that's the truth. And the safety factor is a big positive with an 8 year old. I guess I'm wondering what the wake feels like when slaloming on a 60 foot line, and barefooting with a 100 foot.

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    goggles, possibly a snorkel too hahaha

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    I learned how to ski behind a jet

    Just hit the gas and hang on

    Best to be behind a jet with a diverter

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fonz69 View Post
    I learned how to ski behind a jet

    Just hit the gas and hang on

    Best to be behind a jet with a diverter
    and enough power to get them out of the water. my SBC had a real hard time getting a large skier out of the water. that was before the rebuild so maybe better now but it was real hard previously. Pulled a tube like a champ though.
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    in my experience someone that is pretty good on a single ski can pull the back end of the boat around pretty gd, a bit more than when you have a prop in the water. the wake behind my boat is decent size for wake boarding but maybe a tad big for slalom. Guess that would change depending on the hull type though. just my .02

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    so my family has owned 5 jets including sea doo's (2), and own 1 prop (supra) the prop gets people out of the water better hands down, so my uncle says, he weighs 250+lb, but he likes footing and skiing behind the jet no prop wake, but most jets dont through a wake, so wakeboarding sucks, as well as to a lesser effect, knee boarding and tubing. plus i find pulling with the jet eats some fuel not saying they all do.
    but a ski boat does not get the looks that my jet gets even when they have spent 100,000 cnd on it
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    Depends on how much of a fanatic you are with your skiing. If you love slalom an make really hard cuts stick with an direct drive. A jet lays a pretty flat wake, but you can pull the ass around a little if you make hard cuts. I learned behind a jet and have had alot of fun skiing behind one. If the main thing you go boating for is water sports, I would get a direct drive. If you like to hotrod and boat in shallower rivers and just do watersports here and there for fun, definately get a jet.

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    I learned to ski behind a jet without a diverter, and I must say that a typical jet makes alot shallower wake than a I/O and that makes for alot better cuting. I now own one with a diverter, and the down position makes planing out alot faster, so you can pull weenies on two skis alot slower.
    There is also nothing that will make a quicker turn to go pick up a downed skier than a jet. Ask around, they turn on a dime compared to a prop if you know how. Another plus is that the kiddos dont have to worry about a prop chopping them up in the water.

    Tubes are a blast behind a jet, you can sling around the serious riders like no prop boat can, and if you have a diverter you can play with it to change the wake or ever spray them a little. The kiddos can get a nice ride too if you just slow it down a little.

    My personal opinion:A jet cant be beat as far as playing on the water, the only down sides are you can suck the rope into the intake if you arent paying atention and the average jet has less seating and storage than your average I/O.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 74glencoe View Post
    I learned to ski behind a jet without a diverter, and I must say that a typical jet makes alot shallower wake than a I/O and that makes for alot better cuting. I now own one with a diverter, and the down position makes planing out alot faster, so you can pull weenies on two skis alot slower.
    There is also nothing that will make a quicker turn to go pick up a downed skier than a jet. Ask around, they turn on a dime compared to a prop if you know how. Another plus is that the kiddos dont have to worry about a prop chopping them up in the water.

    Tubes are a blast behind a jet, you can sling around the serious riders like no prop boat can, and if you have a diverter you can play with it to change the wake or ever spray them a little. The kiddos can get a nice ride too if you just slow it down a little.

    My personal opinion:A jet cant be beat as far as playing on the water, the only down sides are you can suck the rope into the intake if you arent paying atention and the average jet has less seating and storage than your average I/O.
    ditto all that! Back in the 80's, most everyone chose to ski behind my jet over a Ski Nautique and a MasterCraft just because the wake was a lot better to cut through.
    The other semi downfall is if the ski tow is on the rear of the boat, it will get tugged around a lot more than a typical ski boat. The driver of the boat will need to be able to control the boat more than they would a ski boat or even a boat with an I/O. It's not all that big of a deal though.

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    one thing i notice a little between my sanger mini jet and my dads sanger mini v drive, is that my jet has a slightly bigger wake. (these are two identical boats with different propulsion) however the majority of jets are going to be smaller in size and have less v in the bottom then a ski boat, which is why the wakes are typically flatter as CAS said. The other thing i notice a little between mine and my dads boat is that inside the wake of a jet it can be very turbulent, i have always been used to it, but after skiing behind my dads v-drive it is a little nicer not having all the turbulence in the water.

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    Wife, kids and friends have blast behind this. From skiing to tubing and also, we have had a professional wake boarder go behind this. He said, it puts out a awesome wake for wake boarding.



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