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    Hello. I just joined and am new to the club and had some questions some of you may have some thoughts on. I have a 2010 175 BR which I added a monster tower to. ( Also a sony marine head unit and 4 infinity speakers that I installed in the bow and stern) It has the Mercruiser 3.0 and we use it primarily for wakeboarding but also cruising and fishing. The wake is pretty good and now after a year and a half we could use some more wake to perform the higher difficulty tricks. Has anyone added a modification or have ideas that improved their wake? When we add more then about 1000 lbs worth of people the boat gets a little slow out of the hole so we try to go with about 6 people. Any added weight slows down the boat alot so fat sacs really arent an option. I have heard that a high 5 propeller would help with the accelleration with added weight? We wakeboard in the bay in maryland so it gets choppy and are trying to find better spots in the area also if anyone is from around there and knows of flatter spots to wakeboard.

    I am also trying to get a custom swim platform installed and was wondering if anyone has had a good experience getting one installed/ have recommendations for who I should use to get that installed and what I should expect to be paying. I have not gotten a quote uner 1500 yet. If anyone has pictures I would love o see what it will possibly look like. I appreciate your time!

    #2
    For the swim platform, I've used these guys and very highly recommend them:

    http://swim-platform.com/

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      #3
      Rwrasta52 wrote:
      When we add more then about 1000 lbs worth of people the boat gets a little slow out of the hole so we try to go with about 6 people. Any added weight slows down the boat alot so fat sacs really arent an option.
      Looks like what you need first is a boating safety class! Ever looked at the capacity plate in your boat? Unless the world has changed A LOT since my 175 was build and bayliner now has helium filled boats there's no way that you can carry that many people nor the load (legally).

      I don't have the accurate numbers handy but I think mine is rated 750lbs +/- .

      Having said this, I had 8 people in my boat for a short distance when the rangers were out of sight but you can clearly feel she's overloaded.

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        kjs wrote:
        Looks like what you need first is a boating safety class! Ever looked at the capacity plate in your boat? Unless the world has changed A LOT since my 175 was build and bayliner now has helium filled boats there's no way that you can carry that many people nor the load (legally).

        I don't have the accurate numbers handy but I think mine is rated 750lbs +/- .

        Having said this, I had 8 people in my boat for a short distance when the rangers were out of sight but you can clearly feel she's overloaded.
        In Australia, we need to have a capacity label clearly visible at all times.

        The guy from the water police, who was checking me over, said that the original sticker(USA) wasn't valid here.

        It was rated for 8 persons.

        Here my 195 is rated for 7.He gave me a new sticker and all is good.

        As stated by KJS, you maybe overloaded with that number of people on board.

        Keep in mind, that no bayliner will ever perform the same as a dedicated wakeboard/ ski boat.

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          #5
          I'm no expert, but it seems to me anything you do to create more wake is going to make the boat run less efficiently and probably slower! Seems like simple physics.... a 17 foot boat is not going to make the wake of a 24.

          BTW even 6 sounds like a lot for that boat. Maybe what you really need is a bigger boat

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            #6
            Overton sells water blatters that you carry to weigh the stern down to give you more wake.

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              #7
              Overton sells water blatters that you carry to weigh the stern down to give you more wake.
              And since this boat isn't ridiculously overloaded as it is, adding 600 pounds of water should be no problem.

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                #8
                Seaquel wrote:
                Maybe what you really need is a bigger boat
                Chief Brody could not have said it better. Seriously oveloading your boat is not a great idea.

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                  #9
                  I wakeboard on my 175 a few times a week. I also frequently have 9 people on board, 4 adults and 5 kids under the age of 6, so it's probably equals 6 adults worth of weight. I don't notice much of a wake difference between just 2 people and a packed house. I can't pull a slalom skier up with more than 5 people in board (using the stock prop), but wake boarding isn't an issue. Like swampnut said, I am going to try adding a few bladders to the stern for a bigger wake and attempt to wakesurf on this little boat.

                  IMO, as long as you know what you are doing and can take care of the motor I don't see you harming the motor at all on the boat.

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                    #10
                    79camaro wrote:


                    IMO, as long as you know what you are doing and can take care of the motor I don't see you harming the motor at all on the boat.
                    I don't think harming the motor is anyones primary concern here.

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                      79camaro wrote:
                      I wakeboard on my 175 a few times a week. I also frequently have 9 people on board, 4 adults and 5 kids under the age of 6, so it's probably equals 6 adults worth of weight. I don't notice much of a wake difference between just 2 people and a packed house. I can't pull a slalom skier up with more than 5 people in board (using the stock prop), but wake boarding isn't an issue. Like swampnut said, I am going to try adding a few bladders to the stern for a bigger wake and attempt to wakesurf on this little boat.

                      IMO, as long as you know what you are doing and can take care of the motor I don't see you harming the motor at all on the boat.
                      I'm pretty sure that CG or rangers won't share your idea of safe boating! Your insurance company definitely wont. The 175 is already overrated in the US with max of 7 people (and it doesn't matter whether they are kids or adults!) and the maximum load is also lower than what you stuff into it.

                      Just hope that we never have to read about you in a newspaper. Too many ended there already.

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                        #12
                        79camaro - Please go back and re-read the sarcasm - SwampNut was NOT endorsing adding the bladders to your boating style.

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                          kjs wrote:
                          Looks like what you need first is a boating safety class! Ever looked at the capacity plate in your boat? Unless the world has changed A LOT since my 175 was build and bayliner now has helium filled boats there's no way that you can carry that many people nor the load (legally).

                          I don't have the accurate numbers handy but I think mine is rated 750lbs +/- .

                          Having said this, I had 8 people in my boat for a short distance when the rangers were out of sight but you can clearly feel she's overloaded.
                          mine is a 2011 and heres what the sticker says

                          Attached files http://baylinerownersclub.org/media/....jpg[/img]

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                            #14
                            79camaro - Please go back and re-read the sarcasm - SwampNut was NOT endorsing adding the bladders to your boating style.
                            Aye. I've had a 175 (back when it was the 1755). I've had five adults and two kids and didn't really like it when the water got rough. Add wakeboarding and a bunch of stuff (cooler is 50 pounds, etc etc) and it just gets ugly fast.

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                              #15
                              ...needs a different hull design.

                              I considered adding bladders to my boat until I realized that I was already close to max load with the family aboard: my boat was creating the biggest wake it's capable of.
                              1998 Capri 1950CL
                              3 Liter MerCruiser
                              Furuno 1622 Radar, Garmin echoMAP44dv, Garmin 300 AIS receiver, Uniden Cl 2 VHF with Hailer,
                              2 batteries with Combiner, Joystick Wakeboard Tower

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