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theanimal 08-05-2010 1:03 PM

Need help with ballast
I just bought my first ballast bags and need a little input as to where to put them. I know my boat isnt a wakeboard boat but its all i have so it will have to work. Anyway I have a Tahoe Q7i and now I have 2 350lb sacs. Should I put them both in the back of the boat or both in the front?? Or should I just split them up?

Do you think I will actually notice any difference with only 700lbs of weight?
I will be adding more in the future as money comes available.
thanks for the input guys

Cajun_Misfit 08-05-2010 1:10 PM

put one up front one in the back... If i was u I'd buy another sac (500-750 lbs) and put the 350s in the back and the 750 up front. Just make sure you evenly distribute the weight or your boat will have a hard time planing off. You will probably have to play with your speed a little to get the wake just right.

And YES u will notice a difference!

cwb4me 08-05-2010 1:34 PM

if you have a open bow boat in the middle up front and in the rear on the rear seat as far back as possible but tie it in place or it will come flying forward when you stop.like christopher said ideal would be a 750 up front and the 2-350's on each side in the back.

PictureMeRollin 08-05-2010 2:22 PM

What motor do you have? 700 lb will definitely make a difference.

theanimal 08-05-2010 3:02 PM

Its the 4.3 V6 220hp.

Thanks for the input guys.
I will give it a try and see how it works. Is there a general rule of thumb for moving the weight around like will more weight in the back make the wake steeper or will weight in the front do that?

blindgoose 08-05-2010 3:41 PM

From my experience, more weight = bigger wake with slightly more lip.

Having more weight in the front will help your holeshot and it will make the wakes closer together.

You might need a different prop because this added weight will take you much longer to get up to speed.

PictureMeRollin 08-05-2010 3:56 PM

You are doing the right thing, start with 700lbs and play with your setup until if feels right. 1500 lbs with that motor will make the boat really sluggish.

theanimal 08-06-2010 6:43 AM

Ok thanks again everyone.
I will give it a shot and play around with the positioning. I plan on upgrading the prop to a High Five soon which is why I dont have the money for any more ballast right now:) They are really proud of those props man.

brichter14 08-06-2010 8:48 PM

try to get a 17p or 19p high five , i have a 17p for my 3.0 and it planes out almost instantly with a 400lb sack in the bow. and yes you will notice a big difference.

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