The topic of how much ballast a boat has is a very common one, and for a good reason since there is no replacement for displacement when it comes to wakesurfing. Less common, however, is a discussion about where that ballast is located and how that impacts the surf wave a boat will put out and the way it will drive. So let’s take a minute and unpack this and talk about ballast placement.
Many people assume that the way a particular boat manufacturer places ballast in a boat is what is optimal for creating a surf wave on that particular boat, however, if you do some digging you will quickly find that this isn’t necessarily the case. Many users are adding ballast to the bow or rear of boats to increase their performance and improve the surf wave. Adding this weight to increase the size of the wave is one thing, but many users [...]
Let’s talk about wakesurf waves and answer the question “What is the best wakesurf wave in the world?”
If you take a look at the websites and marketing materials from all of the various surf boat manufacturers, you may notice that all of them say in one way, shape, or form that their boats produce the “best wakesurf wave in the world.” Really? Obviously that’s not true… or is it?
What makes a wakesurf wave “best?” Does best mean biggest? Does it mean longest? Is “best” an ideal shape? Most importantly, is “best” the same for everyone, or is your best wave different than my best wave?
If you spend much time wakesurfing with multiple people and riding on different boards, you will quickly discover that the ideal or “best” surf wave for one person is not necessarily the ideal wave for another. A 300-pound guy and a 90-pound girl are not going to have the [...]
We get lots of questions involving engine hours, especially on used or demo boats. Often times we see people looking for boats that are 10 years old with less than 200 engine hours. While that isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it can often lead to people overpaying (sometimes drastically) to get a boat that won’t perform any better or last longer than a boat with higher engine hours.
There’s a widespread misconception regarding engine hours on used boats. The most common question we get regarding used boats is something along these lines: “How many hours are too many hours on a boat?” or “How long will a boat engine last? 900 hours?”
We often get used boats in on trade that have close to 1,000 hours on the engine. People tend to think 1,000 hours is too many, but what is too many? Let’s make a comparison with the automotive industry. We have [...]
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We put together a series of videos on how to best optimize the surf wave on your Centurion boat. The videos are broken down into Wakesurfing 101, 201 and 301. Here are some details on each video:
Setting Up Your Wakesurf Wave 101 – This video is for when you are first getting started and goes through the basics of how to create a great surf wave that anyone will be able to jump on and enjoy.
Setting Up Your Wakesurf Wave 201 – Once you have the basics down this video will help you take it to the next level. In the 201 video we show you how you can use all of the features on your Centurion boat to customize the surf wave based on the rider size, rider skill level, board they are riding on and more. If you are ready to take your wave from great to amazing this video [...]
Is there really such thing as a boat that can wakeboard, surf, AND ski? Many people are skeptical that one boat can simply do it all. If you look at the boats designed for skiing, they have a drastically different running surface than the boats designed for wakesurfing.
How can you make a boat that’s fun to ski behind and surf behind? There are two ways that boat manufacturers are making boats that can both ski and surf well.
Put a surf system and ballast on a boat with a flat hull
Put a surf system, ballast and XL trim plate on a boat with a surf hull
Comments Off on Centurion World Wakesurfing Championships September 6-8, 2018
This September 6-8, the World Wakesurfing Championships will be held at Pineview Reservoir in Huntsville, UT. The best surfers will compete for the World Championship Title behind the Centurion Ri257 and Ri237.
During the event, BoardCo and Fred’s Marine will be having the largest sales promotion ever offered on new Centurion and Supreme boats. In addition, attendees will have an opportunity to test drive the new Centurion and Supreme boat models on-site to see first hand the best surf waves in the world and the other amazing features on the new boats.
Taking it a step further, Supreme will be unveiling an all-new model to the public for the first time at the 2018 WWSC. You can see and experience the new model both on and off the water at the event.
In addition to the boats, there will be a huge sale on wake gear and clothing, food, beaches, activities for the whole family and, [...]
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Recently we had the opportunity to run some tests and shoot some video with a Malibu MXZ that we took on trade and see how it compared against boats in our Centurion lineup. In this video we test the ballast fill times for the Centurion Ri237 and the Malibu 24MXZ and see how they compare as well as give details on the ballast systems.
Here are the ballast fill times for adding 3,000 lbs. into the boats: Centurion Ri237 – 54 seconds Malibu 24MXZ – 10 Minutes 20 seconds
In the video you may notice that while Jack is out surfing behind the Ri237 that the video is clipped and looped. After we shot the video and came back to sync up the footage on the two cameras we noticed that Jack finished surfing earlier than we had expected and there was a big gap between when they finished surfing and when the [...]
Comments Off on Centurion vs Malibu – Fuel Consumption 2
This video is a follow up to the video that we made comparing a Malibu MXZ and a Nautique G23 to a Centurion Ri257 looking at fuel economy and power. If you would like to check them out you can see each of them here:
There were a number of people that were concerned that the information wasn’t valid because the Malibu MXZ we used in the video was a 2016 model and the 2017 model changed both the hull and the drivetrain of the boat. As you can imagine, getting current model boats to do this kind of testing is difficult, REALLY difficult. We made the offer to run our fuel flow rate Diacom test on any manufacturer’s current model year towboat, but had no takers.
Well, it didn’t take long for us to take a 2017 Malibu 24 MXZ in on trade for a new Centurion. Of course, we couldn’t miss [...]