In the past few years, growing numbers of high-end slalom skiers have added speed-control systems to their inboard tow boats. Now Correct Craft has brought the speed-control concept to the entire skiing market in the form of Correct Craft Cruise by PerfectPass.
Designed to maintain a constant engine rpm under changing loads, the mechanical portion of the Cruise package is identical to the high-end after-market products the pros use. The difference is on the dashboard, where there are no gauges, digital readouts or complex controls to task-load the driver. Instead, all functions of the Cruise system – on, off, engage, disengage, increase, decrease and resume – are controlled by a pair of built-in buttons that allow the system to function with the simplicity of an automotive cruise control.
In operation, the driver merely turns on the system function, brings the boat to the desired speed, then hits “engage.” The increase/decrease function allows for small speed changes in 25 rpm increments, while the disengage and resume functions are tied not only to the buttons, but also to the throttle. As a result, the driver can disengage the system by pulling back on the throttle during a turn. When the driver accelerates to near the original speed, the system will automatically resume control.
For slalom skiers, the benefits of the system are obvious. Correct Craft Cruise by PerfectPass allows even novice drivers to maintain exact course speeds – and consequently focus more attention on maintaining a good boat path.