I had a 16' Lyman with a white/black striped Merc 15 and a side-mount "wheel".
I traded up to a pea-green Johnson 25. That thing pulled a skiier up.
Not well, fast, or on anything but a pair - but up. But then we slalomed behind an 18' tri-hull with a 65 HP 4-cylinder (!) Evinrude.
This is the Pub. Leave common sense at the door.