Director Darwin Posted April 10, 2008 Share Posted April 10, 2008 One of my members finally received his 08 Nautique yesterday and by the time I got home he had the system mapped and had skier a few sets with it.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â I skied behind the boat before driving it so I'll give that impression first.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â The version in his boat is not the most current and will be updated within a week.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â He understands the updates impact the jump setting and not slalom.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Therefore, the slalom version is what we'll have going forward.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â I started in the "Recreation" mode so I could dial in a bit slower time.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â We set the speed to "34.0".Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â The time was 17.00.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â The pull felt a bit strong for me so we moved to the "Tournament" mode so I could option for A, B or C.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â The speed was set for 34.2.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â I choose option "C" for this pass.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â The pull felt softer but almost too soft.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Time was 16.96 but didn't feel any faster than the 17.00 in "Rec" mode.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â I would assume the "Rec" mode defaults to a setting of "A".Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Just a hunch.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â The next pass I opted for setting "B" and it felt great.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Again, times were 16.96.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Overall, I didn't feel a significant difference from PP Classic to Zero Off.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â The Stargazer version we have at our site is not upgraded so we have continued to use PP Classic.Driving:Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â This is where I noticed a BIG difference.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â As stated by some on another forum, the boat does "gas" the skier at certain intervals but as an "old-school" driver, I remember the days of 240hp carbed boats and the "blocking" technique we used to maintain times.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â The action of the Zero Off was eerily reminiscentÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â of the manual driving days.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â The boat was very responsive to the pull and release of the skier.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â To me, this is preferable over the constant or slow response of the current PP version.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â It allows the skier to release from the boat, maintain a tight line and get in good position out of the ball before the boat recognizes the skier's pull.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â I think this was the intended purpose of the PP slalom switch but the result was not as intended. Again, these are all first impressions of the system and we'll be playing around with it further over the weekend but I like what I see/feel so far.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â We'll have the updated StarGazer version in an 08 Malibu this weekend as well.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â It will be interesting to hear the feedback regarding the two systems.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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