I've been kinda busy so here is the condensed diary update for this week so far. Made it out 3 days in a row! Monday was real nice. Ran several full passes all at 15/31 behind the searay. Felt early, wide, and in control. Nice carving turns. Tuesday was the opposite - ran one full pass but struggled to get wide, felt jerky- in a word 'bad'.
Went with KYskier again tonight behind the response. Keep in mind the difference between a 135hp i/o and a 340hp v8 inboard with perfect pass. If I pull hard behind the searay it really slows the boat down - the malibu doesn't miss a beat. Nailed the opener at 15/30 really smooth. Nice and wide/early and I felt in control and fairly smooth turns without forcing anything. The next pass I decided to give a thought to moving the speed up to 32 and eventually 34 which should be a 'real' tournament speed. 32 is a bit different than 30. The pulls were easier, the ski sits higher and the timing will take some getting used to. The next half a dozen pulls were all 15/32 and the most I ran was through 5 ball twice. I kept pulling too long thinking I had to rather than trust the speed I generated across course would propel me all the way to the buoy. My revised goal may be to increase the speed to 34 and try to compete in a 'real' tourney rather than only INT. To a non-skier 4 mph doesn't sound like much but behind the boat it is a big difference.
The last pass I thought I nailed but did a bit of a wheelie at 4 ball and was way late into 5 and there was no way of turning to make a run at 6. Once again I am learning that the inboard pull actually makes me work way less to gain speed as I am not slowing the boat down. I will say that switching back to the searay was a bit tough earlier in the week with not only the start but the wake crossing is way different ( I don't think the ski comes out of the water behind the malibu but behind the searay I get a little air ). I may try to get a set in tomorrow and friday early but we will see - my hands are pretty rough.
Hopefully I can get some video shot next week even if I suction cup the gopro to the windshield! It really seems to help analyze what I am feeling versus what my body position really looks like.
Any magic tips on increasing the boat speed and learning to adjust edge change/timing?