What are the standard engine and upgrade engine options? One or two jets?
I have another question about performance. I once skied behind my BIL 18 foot Hallet with a big block/Berkely jet. Having a relatively flat bottom, I was able to really make it hard for him to steer a straight line while pulling hard outside the wake. Do these newer boats track more like an IO? Would be interested to hear what it is like to drive one.
Jack, that was dependant a tremendous amount on how flat the bottoms of those boats are. Some of the old "traditional" jets I so love are pretty darned flat, not a lot of chine to get to hold against the water.
I pulled kids so much on tubes in my old Taylor for so long that "countersteering" became a natural thing, even as my Taylor had a fairly modest rear hull V.
Also SOME of the jets ran (originallY) a "rudder fin" of sorts, my old Taylor did, but the front of that fin was the attach point for the nozzle vertical trim cable. Many of the "speed folks" removed them (claiming "drag"), and, other than waht I will call "fine tracking" they really did not do much since steering was entirely accomplished by full diverting of the entire thrust stream.
Weight is also a big figure. My Taylor SS was right around a ton, and rode the very top of the water, pretty easy to pull around for a skiier, either a deeper set boat (like a Nautique (and even those I ever saw had accessory "sharks fins" up about mid-keel)) or a heavier boat, and yanking it is a lot harder.