I just changed boats and need to make a surf system. I most likely will make a powered surf gate system again, because I know how well it worked last time. But in the meantime, I needed to make a temporary solution so I don't have to wait.
Nothing new here, just a quick implementation that took just a couple of hours. It works killer!
1) Using HDPE (King Starboard), I cut out a basic size gate for a 247 size hull (14" x 18")
2) I then cut out narrower pieces, and attached them to spacer blocks (also HDPE) that was the same height as the swim platform thickness so it could slide over but fit snug.
3) Measured the center of the gate, so that I could be able to use the same device on either side of the swim platform for either wake, then screwed them together with stainless screws and went back to tie the big pieces together with stainless bolts.
4) Picked up a stainless hook from the hardware store, found a small cinch strap in the garage, and bolted it through the loop so it could be used in either direction.
5) Had to notch both the top and bottom for the hull shape, and then in Ghetto fashion screwed a pipe insulation as filler between the hull and the gate because it did not fit perfect in order to be reversible.
Attached the gate to the boat's hooks, and bam. Instant manual, reversible surf gate.
Not the best implementation, but works great and will last a lifetime, or until I get my powered system going. Hope it helps someone.
Included a couple of wake pictures. Stock ballast (both rear, bow, mid), plus extra in the corner and a little extra in middle of the boat (I think we did in these ones). Pictures are hard to measure, but this wave had a ton of push. It will more than suffice for a temporary solution!!!
The bad -- steering sucks with manual gates. It needs to be automated.