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    ride plate

    was doing some reading on the site here that a ride plate can really make a different ride experience.. my problem on the SL 700 it jumps and hops when there is wakes... what would be a good recommended ride plate for speed and performance, but also cut down on the skipping? dont some of the plate cause you too lose mph?


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    I bought an Ocean Pro rideplate from Ocean Engineering $95 new on e-bay.

    It was like night and day when it came to porpoising. I did loose like 2mph. However, I actually gained speed in choppy conditions as my pump does not unload now.

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    That ride motion is called porpoising, when you are riding like a porpoise swims.

    The longer and better ride plates do flatten out the ride. In rough water, you will gain speed, since you aren't bouncing up and down.

    On really flat water, you will lose 1-2mph. Not a huge deal, considering the better all around ride and handling.

    Several ride plate options out there, including the LONG Ocean Pro ride plate, not the shorter R (race) version.

    Also some of the Polaris longer ride plates form other models can be fitted. The Polaris 'batwing' ride plate from the Virage hulls seems to be well liked.

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    which one is better? having a shorter race one, or a longer one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by brad148405 View Post
    which one is better?
    having a shorter race one, or a longer one?
    Longer ride plate levels out the ride in choppy water.

    Most seem to prefer the more stable and faster ride in the chop without porpoising over the shorter ride plate's ability to turn tighter on a buoyed race course.

    So, longer is often better, unless you only ride on smooth water, or REALLY want tighter turning.

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    The race plate is more than enough to make a big difference without sacrificing top speed.

    The long "O" plate will scrub a little top speed, but keep the nose down in heavy chop.

    I guess the Q is, how big are the waves you NORMALLY ride in?

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    its weird because even in the smallest wake, it causes me to porpoise at full acceleration pretty easily.

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    The "R" plate is usually good enough. Unless you have serious chop, I'd get the "R".

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