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Old 06-18-2019, 09:37 PM   #1
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Default Does anyone remember tackling the Mount Washington's wake on waterskis?

Just wondering if folks remember when the Mount Washington travelled at a higher speed how big that wake was. We used to tug a waterskier straight into it, see if they could survive. More bellyflops than success.
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Old 06-18-2019, 10:32 PM   #2
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The Mount's wake was bigger when she was shorter. However, from a water skier point of view, the Sophie C had a bigger wake, i.e. higher, steeper. In the day, the Doris E was still the "General"and rarely seen. If you lived/skied in the Wolfeboro or Alton Bay areas, you never saw the Sophie C. Bigger wakes than the Mount's also came from large cabin cruisers which were also more common on the western side of the lake in the 50's and 60's.
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Old 06-19-2019, 06:31 AM   #3
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I have to agree with Descant. I grew up on The Broads and skied wakes whenever I get a chance. Doris E is the 'General' although I believe the 'King' was the old Uncle Sam. The 'Great Escape' was also impressive.

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The Mount's wake was bigger when she was shorter. However, from a water skier point of view, the Sophie C had a bigger wake, i.e. higher, steeper. In the day, the Doris E was still the "General"and rarely seen. If you lived/skied in the Wolfeboro or Alton Bay areas, you never saw the Sophie C. Bigger wakes than the Mount's also came from large cabin cruisers which were also more common on the western side of the lake in the 50's and 60's.
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Old 06-19-2019, 12:32 PM   #4
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The Mount's "wake" is really the bow wave. As a fan tail there really is no wake off the stern.
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Default No but my whaler would launch

Back when the mount used to make larger wakes....mid 80s and earlier, we would hit those waves in my whaler and get3-4 foot of air. Ahhhhh the good ole days when we were in invincible or just dumb.
We also used to hold up a stuffed barracuda for the tourists aboard the mount.
Wonder how many photos were taken of me and grandpa doing that.
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Back in the '80's we would follow the Mount around the north side of Bear Island and my two sons would ski over the wake and wave to all the passengers. Great times gone by!
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Default 1963 relay races Paugus Bay during the race I did ski over the Mount's wake!

Hi , I was also on a slalom ski! Not fun.
Does any remember how many Miles the females skied and how many Miles the guys skied ? If any one has pictures or newspaper article ? 1963 &1964 relay races Paugus Bay !
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Hi , I was also on a slalom ski! Not fun.
Does any remember how many Miles the females skied and how many Miles the guys skied ? If any one has pictures or newspaper article ? 1963 &1964 relay races Paugus Bay !
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I don't recall any races in Paugus Bay, and certainly the Mount was never in Paugus Bay. The girls skied from Weirs Bay to Meredith Bay and back. 8 miles. The guys skied from the Weirs on varying courses out towards Alton and Wolfeboro and back.
I think in 1964, Goodhue Boat Yard sponsored a two day 120 mile marathon to commemorate John Goodhue's 60th birthday and 120 years in business. 60 miles Sat and 60 miles Sun. Very rough both days and several boats did not finish. I believe Paige Callahan used to ski the long route with the guys, whole distance slalom, and I think there were other girls who did the long route too.
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I remember the big waves the Mount used to make. Lots of boats wanted to go over them. I don't think water skiing over them would be so much fun.
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Back in the 60's jumping the Mounts wake was done a lot. Once in a while some would cut across the bow. All I can say it was great fun back then with LC driving but the long talk with the MP in Alton Bay was not.
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