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Wakeboarding behind a Pontoon

RUsum1 9,543 1,696 July 7, 2016 at 12:31 PM
I have seen some wakeboard boats that have a whale fin behind the boat in order to make a bigger wake. Is there such a thing that can be added to a pontoon boat for the same effect? What is this even called?

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I have seen some wakeboard boats that have a whale fin behind the boat in order to make a bigger wake. Is there such a thing that can be added to a pontoon boat for the same effect? What is this even called?

I assume what you're referring to attached to rear of the boat is the gray portion in your image which rides just at or above the water line when the boat is in the water. This is commonly referred to as a swim platform and actually has nothing to do with creating the wake or making a wake larger.

On a wakeboarding boat the wake is generated by the shape of the keel/hull and can be modified on some boats by filling ballast tanks. When the ballast is filled the boat is heavier and rides lower in the water - thereby displacing more water as it moves and generating a larger wake behind the boat.

Some wakeboarding boats do have a small fin (looks like an upside down hydrofoil or, in some cases, a whale's tail). These are attached below the swim platform at the rear of the boat. These don't actually generate a wake either. In general they act like the ballast tank - simply forcing the boat to ride lower in the water (which creates a bigger wake).

The best bang for the buck on a pontoon would be to simply add weight toward the front of the boat. The weight will force the boat to ride lower in the water - which displaces more of the water - which means it will generate a bigger wake. Do not exceed the max weight your pontoon is rated for and do a test run after adding weight to learn how to control your boat with the new weight distribution.

A quick and cheap way to test this would be to put some water softener salt bags (40lb bags are around $5 each) toward the front of your boat.
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