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I'm in the (long) process of considering the purchase of a ski for next summer. I've always loved to ride, but the state of PA effectively closed the rental market a few years ago, and I just don't get out of state and on the water often enough to satisfy.

My fiancee and I are considering buying a Wake Pro 215 (or perhaps it's junior cousin, the Wake 155). Neither of us are hardcore waterskiers or wakeboarders, but we do love us some tubing, and are excited about being able to do tow sports. For me, the interesting point about the Wake models is having the option; It seems logical that they'd ride just as well as a general purpose ski with nothing in tow, and then there's the added option and features for doing tow sports 'by design', instead of ghetto-rigging it. Also I've got to assume the engine is up to the task. (Speaking as someone who blew a piston ring on an old 2-stroke SeaDoo towing a tube ridden by someone a bit big.)

I've seen only a couple threads here about the Wake skis. Do people have any sage advice? Big engine or small? I'm expecting 90% of the use to be on the three rivers of Pittsburgh, PA. Are there any good general resources for people who have experience with two-stroke skis but are new to the modern four-stroke engines?

Thanks in advance for comments.
 

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Thanks for the reply. From what I've been reading the Wake Pro 215 is just an RXT with some accessories and a different paint job, and I've even seen indications that you can add the towing pylon to an RXT with some minimal effort. I've also been coming up to speed reading about some of the common issues with the supercharged 4-tec motors. Have you replaced your supercharger's ceramic washers with steel ones? I've found more than a handful of references indicating that this is something you should do effectively "the day you buy it" but since you own one, I figured I'd ask.

Hey, also, you mention the Chesapeake. Are there any different procedures for dealing with 4-tec engines in salt water? I have "fond" memories of the salt water rinse-out procedures for the cooling path and the even more complex wash-out procedures from the two-stroke days when we'd flood the engine with salt water. I'm hoping at least some of these issues are things of the past, but... say you (temporarily) sink one of these 4-tec skis or flip it the wrong way in salt water... what then?

And yeah, I'm a Steelers fan. How many Superbowl rings do your Ravens have again? One? Oh yeah. That's cool though. :)

Take it easy.
 

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Gah, I asked this in an edit to my previous post, but then noticed you had already replied. I'll ask again for posterity:

You mention the Chesapeake. Are there any different procedures for dealing with 4-tec engines in salt water? I have "fond" memories of the salt water rinse-out procedures for the cooling path and the even more complex wash-out procedures from the two-stroke days when we'd flood the engine with salt water. I'm hoping at least some of these issues are things of the past, but... say you (temporarily) sink one of these 4-tec skis or flip it the wrong way in salt water... what then?

Thanks! I'm feeling better about this already.
 
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