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    Block off question...

    So i have a stupid question about the opas block offs. Im a rec rider, not a speed junkie, not a wave jumper, just like going out with the wife and exploring and fishing. I want to remove the opas because i hear that it improves handling in reverse. The yamahas i allways borrowed/rented turned great im reverse, i HATE the way this thing handles in reverse, its horrible. The question is, can i get away with the riva 99 dollar ones? Or do they actually hurt high speed handling? I dont care if they dont HELP high speed handling, but i need to get rid of this reverse issue, i feel like an idiot every time i try to dock it because the boat doesnt do what i expect.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Nj05nismo View Post
    So i have a stupid question about the opas block offs. Im a rec rider, not a speed junkie, not a wave jumper, just like going out with the wife and exploring and fishing. I want to remove the opas because i hear that it improves handling in reverse. The yamahas i allways borrowed/rented turned great im reverse, i HATE the way this thing handles in reverse, its horrible. The question is, can i get away with the riva 99 dollar ones? Or do they actually hurt high speed handling? I dont care if they dont HELP high speed handling, but i need to get rid of this reverse issue, i feel like an idiot every time i try to dock it because the boat doesnt do what i expect.
    Dont think they are made to steer very well in reverse. Noticed no change in reverse handling when I removed opas.

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    I have th RE's... I noticed the ski was more stable and predictable at high speeds and crossing boat wakes ect ect. I saw no gain it speed just overall better handling.

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    This is a first... looking for improved handling in reverse I don't know of anything that will help with that... other than maybe changing the operator

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyRXP View Post
    This is a first... looking for improved handling in reverse I don't know of anything that will help with that... other than maybe changing the operator
    Hey now...lol

    I really have no issues with the handling of the boat other than the useless reverse...the yamahas i allways was on turn great in reverse making docking easy...guess i just got spoiled and will have to get used to this boat...*sigh* ill suffer through it...lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nj05nismo View Post
    Hey now...lol

    I really have no issues with the handling of the boat other than the useless reverse...the yamahas i allways was on turn great in reverse making docking easy...guess i just got spoiled and will have to get used to this boat...*sigh* ill suffer through it...lol
    As expensive as these things are i take NO chances near fixed objects as I have seen others do some stupid SH**. Dont beach em, dont leave them end the water endlessly, and jump off the ski and swim it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ocman View Post
    As expensive as these things are i take NO chances near fixed objects as I have seen others do some stupid SH**. Dont beach em, dont leave them end the water endlessly, and jump off the ski and swim it!
    im concerned with handling around docks and other boats. I have no delusions that its gonna handle as well as twin outboards (now that boat i can make dance if i wanted to) but id like to have reverse steering that is actually worth something...If it ends up being that i need to just deal, then i will, but im trying to get as much out of it as i can...

    i rarely if ever beach, i never run it up on a beach, i coast in to about 2ft of water with power off, then get off and walk it in. i prefer docking it because its easier/safer when done right.

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    The longer you own the ski the better you get with the handling around objects, I dont do anything stupid but I am very comfortable steering around anything and in any conditions. Not bragging but I feel like I could thread this thing through a needle in reverse. The $99.00 blockoffs are POSs, get the Riva Pros or the REs if your serious about buying.

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    sounds like it may just be me then...guess ill have to spend more time on the ski (man it sux to be me...lol)

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    Take it to the lake today... ride around for several hours in reverse... then report back with your backing skills progress ...

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