Vegas Skier Setup

I have an ‘87 Vegas Skier that looks just like the boat pictured in the 87 brochure and 88 Hotboat ad.

It has the 30 gallon front tank, three blade ski fin and ski pylon.  The teak is all there except the swim steps and the dual speedo's are gone.  Someone rearranged the seating but the original mountings are evident on the floor. 

The floor and rear portion of the core are rotted and are being replaced.  The motor it came was junk so a re-power is the works. 

I would like your opinion on setting up this boat. 

The bottom appears stock Vegas with pad is there any differences?

Should I move the tank to the rear?

Remove the ski fin? 

I plan to use this boat as a general "go fast" with occasional tube pulling. 





You’re on the right track. Take the tank out and remove the fin. The Vegas v-bottom likes some setback so give it 6 to 8 inches. Make sure there are no hooks in the trailing edge of the boat bottom. I just sanded a Hydro with a massive amount of hook placed at the tail from the factory. If it's there get rid of it. After that put a motor on it and get some preliminary numbers and we can improve from there. Try to get a 20 or so gallon tank in the rear for best performance. 




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Mark C.


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