Aftermarket cruise control for 2006 187 BR

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Aftermarket cruise control for 2006 187 BR

Postby Derekius » Wed Sep 05, 2012 8:28 pm

My dad got a Sanger boat (not sure of model or year) and it has something called Perfect Pass. It has different launch modes and a very nice cruise control feature. Are there any aftermarket parts I can install on my 2006 187 BR to give me the launch modes or more importantly the cruise control?
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Postby taffy3 » Wed Sep 05, 2012 8:49 pm

I'd never heard of this system, so I decided to bing it. You could have done that yourself. This speed control system is used on those you mentioned for high end competition water skiing and wake boarding. It looks like those are v-drive ski boats.

With all due respect to you and your wallet why would you want to install a product like that on a 187?

When I was young I skied behind a friends Mastercraft. I owned a Glastron runabout similar to, but of course not as nice, as our Caravelle of today. Remember this was 33 years ago. That Mastercraft, a purpose designed boat, held it's line and speed due to hull design, power and prop selection. The problem with runabouts is that good slalom skiers will pull the back of the boat all over the place. Purpose built ski boats will prevent this effect.

We own the exact same boat right down to the year. If you really want to ski or board at that level you own the wrong boat.

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Postby Derekius » Wed Sep 05, 2012 8:53 pm

I've been waterskiing for 20 years, but just started boarding last year. My dad's Sanger has a tower and puts out a bigger wake, which make the wakeboarding experience much nicer. On my smaller Caravelle with no tower, it can be a bit squirrely, but my friends (somewhat inexperienced drivers) struggle to maintain a constant speed. I was just wondering what it would take to take the human error out of that equation.

I plan to fit a tower before the next boat season if money allows.
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Postby Cruzomatic » Thu Sep 06, 2012 2:40 am

A buddy of mine has the perfect pass "Cruz" control on his bow rider and loves it. He highly recommended it to me and I'll probably consider it this off season. I like to ski and wakeboard, but my wife's driving skills are down right scary at times. No way I want to do 30mph on skis or my wakeboard and this would solve the problem of me constantly having to signal her to speed up or slow down. If that's something you would like from your boat, then go for it. It's very possible with boats like ours.
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Postby AndrewT » Thu Sep 06, 2012 6:20 am

Get a four bladed prop with 2" less pitch, easier to maintain lower speed plus it will pull a lot harder,it should get on the plane bit quicker and stay on.
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Postby Cruzomatic » Thu Sep 06, 2012 7:33 am

Yea I totally agree with Andrew. A 4 blade prop made a world of difference. You'll see much better low end performance and pulling power.
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Postby BlewByU » Thu Sep 06, 2012 9:18 am

I have installed Perfect Pass in my interceptor, along with the Custom Tower and went to Rev 4/19P prop. The Perfect Pass was the best investment of all and installation is easy.
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Postby Cruzomatic » Thu Sep 06, 2012 9:28 am

How easy? I'm really thinking about doing it.
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Postby BlewByU » Thu Sep 06, 2012 10:04 am

Cruzomatic wrote:How easy? I'm really thinking about doing it.


about a 2 hour job to install and pretty simple instructions.
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Postby taffy3 » Thu Sep 06, 2012 10:08 am

Well, since some of you like this and I have had no personal experience with this product I guess I'm over ruled. :)

I'm curious though. With v-drives or inboards there is no trim adjustment. So I can understand how this system can work. Sterndrives change speed dramatically as you run the trim up or down. We all adjust the boats drive to adapt to various conditions. How does this system adapt to trim changes?

I agree that having a good boat driver is important. When I was young and skiing hard we never used a speedometer. We had trim positions marked on the bezel and worked off of RPM. Of course today with GPS you can get real time speed info. The four bladed prop seems like a good idea also and more economical or cost is a consideration.

Thanks for asking the question derakius. It's always fun to look at things I've never seen before.
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Postby BlewByU » Thu Sep 06, 2012 10:17 am

Perfect Pass is a GPS based speed control which adjusts the throttle as needed (Faster or slower) to maintain the speed you have set.

If you trim, that increases the speed and the speed control adjusts throttle as needed to maintain the set speed.
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Postby Cruzomatic » Thu Sep 06, 2012 11:22 am

Yeah, a buddy of mine has it on his bowrider and keeps on telling me that I'll thank him over and over again after I get one on mine.

My wife is great, but God bless her as she still doesn't get it after boating for the past 7 years. We have to communicate by hand signals constantly to adjust speed. She still can't figure out that turns bleed off speed and after on plane the boat will go faster at the same throttle setting as take off. It has gotten to the point that I rarely ski or wakeboard and I'm thinking this will solve that problem.

I'm going to look into it!
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Postby BlewByU » Thu Sep 06, 2012 3:22 pm

its really a anti-divorce machanism! :D
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Postby Cruzomatic » Thu Sep 06, 2012 4:13 pm

Bro....you don't know how many times I've been tempted to toss her in! Haha! :D
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Postby hattonv » Thu Sep 06, 2012 8:13 pm

Installed Perfect Pass last year and it's worth the money and time. Love it.
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