I am so glad I found this site! I have always wanted a Hydrodyne, but have had to settle for my current boat, a 1972 Lardasse' Taterthrust 18. I don't see many Hydrodynes here in Ohio, but when I was on vacation last year and the year before, I saw several on this little lake in northern Wisconsin. We loaded up the family and took the Taterthrust to this lake called Wild Rice. It is a beautiful lake, but last year was a bad year up there, they had a very dry summer and the lake was low. Usually we can go to about 10 lakes down this pretty little river from Wild Rice, they all connect. I saw three Hydrodynes there two years ago, one was in the ski show on one of the connected lakes named Rest, and there was a red one in the lake just before the ski show lake. Last year I only saw one Hydrodyne, because I couldn't get down the river to the other lakes because the water was low. It was beautiful there! It seems like this would be an ideal place to have a meating because there are already several there, and it is very beautiful. Does anyone know of this beautiful place? I will be there again next year and hope to see the Hydrodynes again, they were beautiful. There are a lot of other beautiful old boats there too. The folks around there are nice, and told me my boat was nice too, but I know it is as ugly as a booger in a mustache. Thanks for this site, someday I will have a Hydrodyne. I think the Merc 1150 off of the Lardasse' Taterthrust would work well on one, especially the model like the beautiful one with the crooked stripes on the front deck. It is a waste to have the Merc 1150 on a boat like the Taterthrust, it gets us out on the water, and the only thing it really needs a landfill, but until I get a job and save up some money it will have to keep it floating. Jobs have been very hard to get around here, i haven't found one in last three years, but maybe next year will be the charm. My sugar cheeks works at the Waffle House in Medina, Ohio, and says if I get a GED I may be able to get a job there and train to be a manager some day. If any of you are ever hungry in Medina, Ohio, just mention Hydrodyne to her and she will give you a 1/2 price coupon. Keep up the good work, and I'll be checkin back! I worry about a crack in the transom, it opens up to about 6" below the water line where the transom meets the right side when you pull up skiers, but only to about 1/4 inch open so I think it will be ok for a while. The pump keeps up and it doesn't leak too bad just cruising. We haven't sunk yet!