Oh yo guys before this video starts I just want to say that I haven't written every boat in the world so I can't give you a good explanation or I can't give you the exact rope length and speed so no matter what the boat jet skis fishing boat tinnie rib anybody you've ever written comment below what your rope length is and what your speed is because that way you can help other people and hopefully give more of an insight but without further ado we're gonna begin the video right now lads lassies welcome back to the YouTube and today welcome to well it's not really a tutorial it's not really writing video but it is answer to a question that I get asked time and time again so first of all let's just appreciate that it is Irish summer I've got shorts on I've got a t-shirt on and that life is good right now and I will be making use of it as tomorrow morning I'm going wakeboarding in Ireland and I'm gonna it's gonna be sick we're gonna be on the boat go with a few friends it's gonna be like the og days but for now we're in front of speaking of the og days the boss she's a little bit of a trim but nonetheless we're gonna go into this video so the two questions are what line length should I ride and how far should the boat go now the reason I have never ever answered this or never even really spoke about it is because it varies so much from boat to boat from person to person and from level to level however in this video I'll do my best to give you a full comprehensive kind of explanation of what speed and what real planty should go okay so it's probably easiest to start at what rope length and speed do I go so again like I said that varies but as a general rule of thumb I try to ride at seventy two and a half foot long if I actually just get my rope Here I am pulling through seventy two and a half feet I've made a little half length at the end here so the end of my rope doesn't actually have an end so basically I go seventy two and a half feet I try to ride on every single boat of that length however there are some boats that I would ride a little bit longer and some boats on my ride shorter but we'll get more into that in a second in terms of what speed I ride usually it's about 23 miles an arrow which I think is about 37 or 38 or maybe even 39 kilometers an hour and put again that very so let me explain wire varies so it's all there finding that sweet spot and that's what I'm going to try and teach you basically it's the balance between where the Wake is good with the line tension is good and where the speed is good not too fast not too slow so like I said every boat is different generally most 21 feet waiver boats if you got a intermediate to advanced level then you want to be going around seventy to seventy-five feet similarly enough if you're on like let's say any 23 24 or even 25 for boats you want to go that same 70 75 feet at about 23 miles an arat now you'll have to take a bit of intuition and try and figure out exactly what's perfect and that is trial and error a lot of you I know don't have nice way for boats and stuff like that so for example the video I have done here where I'm waiting behind the ski boat I can tell you that in this video I was wave winning at 64 I'm probably only in about 20 and a half miles an hour maybe 21 miles an hour tops so basically the idea there is I was able to slow it down to try and get more out of the way so you get a little bit bigger wake if you go smaller but then the problem is to go in slower so you've got more drag and you have more line tension because if you're going slower you just shortening your rope then the jetski video the one that everyone seems to really like and I know a lot of people do wait for it on jet skis so in that video I'm riding a 45 foot rope now I rarely ever will go that short or even nearly because I think it just creates so much line tension on every trick you get pulled into the boat but when it's behind a jet ski it's the sweet spot in the jet ski it's only probably six seven eight feet long and we also I don't know speeds because the speedo is broken but my guesstimate is about 17 or 18 miles an area so it really changes on what you're riding and that's the kind of the point I want to put across in this video is it's very different often as a rule of thumb if you can't get from one side of the lake to the other no matter how hard you're trying you're cutting hard you're trying to progressive edge then your rope is too long so often people ask me for some tips and the first thing I see is the rope is 5 or 10 feet too long so don't be shy to bring it in and try it and see how it feels another rule of thumb and now I'm sorry that this video doesn't have the structure that a lot of my videos would but it's to have the wake clean so if the wake is a little bit foamy you know that white foam almost like a breaking then the chances are you're too long the boats too slow or the boat is unbalanced and what I mean by unbalanced is there might be three people on this side and one person on this side and the boat will sit off and it will throw in an uneven wake so make sure that the boat is completely level as best as you can if you get that 95 percent correct then when it comes to actually stay in the wake behind you should be able to figure it out with speed and Roblin anyway that is it for this video I hope that it makes sense I hope that it helps you and of course make sure to check out those comments like I said the game in the video to see if anyone's writing something similar try to help each other out because obviously I haven't written every boat in the whole world so I can't be of great advice for everyone for now I thank you so much for watching and we'll see you in the next video

Rope Length and Boat Speed Explained – Wakeboarding

25 thoughts on “Rope Length and Boat Speed Explained – Wakeboarding

  • July 31, 2019 at 12:32 pm
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    86 Malibu skier with ski pylon 62 feet at 22mph with 4 or 5 people in the boat , driver always has a hard time keeping the boat level when I start my edge back in it wants to pull the boat down to the side I'm edging on.

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  • July 31, 2019 at 12:32 pm
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    Lenght or Length?

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  • July 31, 2019 at 12:32 pm
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    2006 Sea Doo Wakeboard Edition 155 Jet Ski. I ride short about 40ft. Speedometer is broken. Usually about 4000 RPM

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  • July 31, 2019 at 12:32 pm
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    2016 sea ray sdx240 65ft rope length, do you guys think it is worth getting fat sacks or anything to add weight?

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  • July 31, 2019 at 12:32 pm
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    22 mph at 60 tp 70 feet back 2008 Yamaha AR230- 1700 pounds added ballast, and perfect pass installed. I have to up the speed for the weight

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  • July 31, 2019 at 12:32 pm
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    Rib 75 Hp 15-18 knop

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  • July 31, 2019 at 12:32 pm
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    03 Moomba Mobius – 60ft at 20.5 mph

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  • July 31, 2019 at 12:32 pm
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    2000 Tigé 21i nose down 2x400lb sacs or 6 people in the boat 65’ @ 20-23mph

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  • July 31, 2019 at 12:32 pm
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    2009 Mastercraft x15
    75 foot rope
    23 mph
    Front and back ballast full

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  • July 31, 2019 at 12:32 pm
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    1982 mastercraft v8 ski boat

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  • July 31, 2019 at 12:32 pm
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    Go ride with jonthepotter! 😎🤙

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  • July 31, 2019 at 12:32 pm
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    1986 Supra Saltare 70 feet @ 21mph

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  • July 31, 2019 at 12:32 pm
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    2001 Tige 20i
    22mph
    65ft rope

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  • July 31, 2019 at 12:32 pm
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    2014 Regal 2300 RX
    Rope length: 65’
    Speed: 20-23

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  • July 31, 2019 at 12:32 pm
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    2016 Yamaha 212x twin jet boat, any ideas?

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  • July 31, 2019 at 12:32 pm
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    2004 Tige 21 switch V – Rope 65ft in length, ride on the river so with the current 37 Kmh and against 32-33 Kmh

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  • July 31, 2019 at 12:32 pm
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    2019 Axis A22, 70’ rope @ 21.8 MPH, and power wedge III on setting 4. makes for a lofty wake. Pop comments from the Bhoys – “Straight to Pluto”

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  • July 31, 2019 at 12:32 pm
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    Mastercraft x star, nautique G23
    21 mph
    65 rope length

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  • July 31, 2019 at 12:32 pm
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    2011 supra launch 22v, 20mph, 65 foot rope

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  • July 31, 2019 at 12:32 pm
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    I've got a 26 foot boston whaler with two 200 hp outboards. Any ideas?

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  • July 31, 2019 at 12:32 pm
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    Mastercraft xt i ride at 25 mph

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  • July 31, 2019 at 12:32 pm
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    2002 Super Air Nautique 210 w/ 2500lbs of ballast. 90ft rope at 26.7mph. It honestly doesn't feel that fast and long, and it gives me more time to relax into the wake. But I also like 80ft at 25.2mph. When I try riding at 70-75ft at 23.5-24.5mph, I feel like I land with the parking brake on and fall a lot more.

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  • July 31, 2019 at 12:32 pm
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    Axis t23 and t22 I drive around 32-33 kmph. Was Dave forgot to mention in this video is that the faster you go the smoother you glide on the surface effectively making riding smoother and the wave is more compact and stiffer offering a better pop, but then it boils down to technique

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  • July 31, 2019 at 12:32 pm
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    I ride a 1999 MasterCraft sport star at 18-19mph not sure about rope length though.

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  • July 31, 2019 at 12:32 pm
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    Hi David,
    I’m Abigail, I am nine and I’m leaning to wake board because I think it’s awesome. I really love watching your videos and wondered if you could give me some tips. I can already ride switch and go switch out of the wake. What would you recommend me to do next?
    From Abigail

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