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2016 S238 - Super disappointed with it.........

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Copenglenn    44

Out of curiosity, are you mainly on a river or lake? A river can negatively affect the speed

Good point. The current can really throw off your wave and you'll have to compensate your speed accordingly.

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Brandon161    26

I am at Shasta Lake, pretty much the only place I ever go boating. The speedo seems to be way off. With the boat empty and the engine at 4500 RPM is shows I am going 20 MPH. Dealer says it should pry be around 35 ish? When I was surfing I set it to 10.6 as a starting point it and the boat felt like it flying. Had to drop the cruise to 8.2 and that was where it felt more like 10.6 to 11 mph. When I wakeboard I go at 21 to 22, always. I knew that would be way too fast so I had my driver set the cruise at 17.0 and it felt like I was flying out there. He had to drop it to around 14 until until it felt like it was 21 mph. This is my third boat and I have been wakeboarding for about 8 yrs now, so I am pretty comfortable being able to know what 21mph feels like when I am behind the boat. And I have been surfing for a few yrs now so I have a general idea of what 11 mph feels like.

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Shaka    146

I'm not convinced the paddle wheel is accurate, esp when using the surf system. However it seems pretty consistent (precise?). I suggest an upgrade to a gps. A company by the name of nautiqlaugic sells a gps upgrade for $240. Fairly easy install and I've used their modules for several years and they've been stellar. I just put one on my S238. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

Meh, for now he can just download a gps speed app on his phone and use that.

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Out of curiosity, are you mainly on a river or lake? A river can negatively affect the speed

 

Usually a lake. When on a river I just unplug the gps connector and plug back in the paddle wheel. They sell a "river runner" upgrade that takes in to account both, but as of a few months ago it wasn't available for the s238. So next time I end up on a river I'll just swap them. I love how the GPS controls speed, much more solid because, excuse the cliché, no filter needed.

 

 

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NW Boat Sports    234

See attached. It's been awhile since we have had to do this but while in air temp mode on the dash, hold the down Info switch down for 3 seconds to enter Speedo calibration mode then use the up and down to calibrate speed. Try that. If no luck, call the Fineline factory and ask for Roger. Sanger uses the same gauges so you can call the Sanger factory and ask for Ron. Both have assisted before.

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Brandon161    26

NW thank you for the sheet I will give it a shot this weekend.

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Fourfrogs    3

Something to consider, your boat is rated for 16 people, it's a big deep boat that wants a lot of weight. My guess is the factory has the max stock ballast to stay within the weight limit set by the industry. I'm sure if you keep an open mind and follow the suggestions on this site you get it dialed in.

 

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Brandon161    26

UPDATE..............if anyone cares, lol. I got the speedo re-calibrated so it seems to be pretty close now. It was off by 4 mph at lower speeds and by 8 mph at the higher speeds! I did what people suggested to the make the wave better and it was definitely better. You really do have to sink that boat to get a wave. I quickly messed with the stereo grounds and that didn't fix the ground noise, so I will have to tear it apart this winter. I adjusted the stereo and I still don't care for the Icon 8s, so if anyone is interested in them send me a PM and I will make you a deal. The stock sub is actually pretty nice, but I want to move it to make more room, so if anyone is interested in that, let me know.

 

Conclusion............... the boat is a really nice and I am getting happier with the wave. I just have to keep messing with it to make it perfect.

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Brandon161    26

So yesterday I surfed both regular and goofy. For regular..... I had the quick fill full. The plug and play full. 4 bags of lead under the plug and play bag. the center tank full. And my passengers on that side. The trim tab up. The quick surf down 4 clicks. No weight at all on the starboard side except the driver. For goofy...... I did the same deal. All weight possible on that side. Center tank full. Trim tab down 50%. Quick surf tab 4 or 5 clicks. It was good. I want to try a few things next time. But it's getting there

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h20king    795

For regular you want some counter weight. Fill both quick fills goofy does not like counter weight so you are going in the right direction just need more weight on the surf side.

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Brandon check your gain on your amp for the icon 8's. Some boats have been set from the factory ridiculously conservative. Spend s little time tuning it and I think you will be ok, and if you don't want to have bags everywhere buy a pair of 900lb bags for the rear lockers (they just squeeze in there) and replace the 550. It's pretty cheap, simple and clean and makes a world of difference on a 238. - Cody

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I got a really nice wave yesterday out of the stock ballast and not even listed. I ran everything 100% full stock ballast. Rear bags, Quickfill, under seat bow bag and center hard tank all 100% full. I just filled the tank up so that was even full too. I was running 11.6 mph. 0 center tab and very little (And i mean very little) left surf tab button. Regular side surf of course. The boat peaked alot higher than i was normally use to, as far as the bow rise. The wave was very peaky and had nice push. I have been a believer in the Listed setup by far. But the wave I had yesterday was much better than the listed wave i get. Figured I would share for people to try this way out also. I WAS VERY IMPRESSED even with stock ballast.

 

 

Maybe you could try this set up your next time out. worked awesome for me with stock ballast.

 

hope it helps brother.

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Brandon161    26

It's funny you mention that. Yesterday I went out and filled all the rear ballast on both sides the center ballast and 6 bags of lead on the regular side. I had the center tab at 50% and the surf tab down about 50% ish. Not sure I just hit the button until the wave looked good. It was by far the best regular side wave I have had so far. I tried about the same set up with goofy but I had to ride pretty close to the platform. On regular I could get back fairly far and I was happy. From what I am learning you really just have to give it a lot of weight! I don't like the regular side listed. I liked it with the boat more even with just a slight list

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Indy8Ball    0
On 9/14/2016 at 10:38 AM, Race City Marine said:I suggest an upgrade to a gps. A company by the name of nautiqlaugic sells a gps upgrade for $240. Fairly easy install and I've used their modules for several years and they've been stellar. I just put one on my S238.

 

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I know this is an old thread, but do you remember where your Paddlewheel plug was? Trying to install the NauticLaugic  device on my 2016 S238 and we aren’t finding the plug from the paddlewheel. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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On 5/19/2020 at 5:28 PM, Indy8Ball said:

I know this is an old thread, but do you remember where your Paddlewheel plug was? Trying to install the NauticLaugic  device on my 2016 S238 and we aren’t finding the plug from the paddlewheel. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Was a few years ago, but I think it was within a few feet of the paddlewheel. Might have had to take up the floorboard (annoying but not tough) or really reach in a tight space to get it.

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