Baller Dirt Posted September 20, 2011 Baller Share Posted September 20, 2011 Most of you probably saw the July 28, 2011 press release: PerfectPass ZO Update – Significant progress has been made over the last sixty days on the software / hardware Upgrade for Star Gazer designed to emulate the pull characteristics of the ZO System in Slalom Mode. At this point we believe production in very limited numbers will commence in October, after final testing & evaluation in California tentatively scheduled for early September. No pricing has been set, but it is expected to be priced under $500. A further update will be released in September. The California testing and evaluation began today, September 19, 2011 at beautiful Shortline Lake with: AWSA Towboat Committee Co-chairman Will Bush (#3 ranked Mens 6 skier), Eric Horton from Perfect Pass, Masters Men #1 Ranked Greg Badal, Professional Skier Terry Winter, #3 Ranked Mens 7 Skier Bob Hardeman, Professional Skier Brian Detrick and Former National Champion Paul Crawford. I invited myself and Will was nice enough to allow me to attend. http://ballofspray.static.vanillaforums.com/uploads/FileUpload/06/7376fa4aba1e31508acb58d0bd0d1b.jpg Except for me, all of the skiers that attended, ski predominantly behind Zero Off. They are highly qualified to provide feedback as to whether the PerfectPass ZO Update really feels/skis like ZO. I practice behind PP Classic and ski tournaments behind ZO. The PerfectPass ZO Update is a small black box (at this point) that plugs into your StarGazer unit with a new chip. It gives you the same A,B,C, 1,2,3 options as ZO. There are other adjustments you can make to fine tune the particular boat. When it is available for purchase, there may be different packages available depending on what your update requires. To update my boat will require StarGazer, multi-line display and the ZO Update. The first boat was a newer Mastercraft drive by wire boat equipped with ZO and PP. The feedback was really positive. Everyone felt that the PerfectPass with ZO Update felt like ZO. Eric Horton was taking notes and making adjustments based on feedback from the skiers, drivers and his own observations. My ride behind this boat was PP C2, 55K, 28 off. We dropped and came back at ZO C2, 55K, 28 off. We repeated the same procedure at 32 off and then 35 off. This gave a direct comparison. http://ballofspray.static.vanillaforums.com/uploads/FileUpload/94/a12b7356ff35b32a755f2be7acf527.jpg The second boat was a 2001 SN196 with the PP servo system (non drive-by-wire). I thought this boat felt really close to my tournament rides behind ZO. http://ballofspray.static.vanillaforums.com/uploads/FileUpload/e6/8929d0725152601a930d1a11116a70.jpg The final boat of the day 1 testing was a newer Malibu Response LXI. I did not ski behind this boat but those who did gave positive feedback. http://ballofspray.static.vanillaforums.com/uploads/FileUpload/32/977de34f03b6a77afc0f42b5b4a36f.jpg Please excuse the poor grammar and lack of proof reading. I was rushed to press by the Ball of Hair. Here is a slideshow of the photos: Here is some video with audio of the boat engine: Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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