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Ansorge10 01-29-2014 10:22 AM

Simple ballast?
I bought bags for my a22 and I want to add about 300 lbs in the front. What would be the simplest way without buying another bag or spending a lot of money?

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shawndoggy 01-29-2014 10:29 AM

fat friends?

boardjnky4 01-29-2014 10:37 AM

Do you already have the arrow sac?

Ansorge10 01-29-2014 10:38 AM

That's why we got more ballast in the first place so we could take less friends haha.

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Ansorge10 01-29-2014 10:44 AM

And no my dad and I decided on the SL 650 bow bag so we would still have some storage under the flip up seats for like the ropes and bumpers, stuff like that. We have the 540s in the back also.

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boardjnky4 01-29-2014 10:52 AM

You could put some lead at the bottom of the flip up seat storage area.


Product info says it's only 2" thick when layed down flat. You can maybe get 3 or 4 under there and still have space for lines.

Ansorge10 01-29-2014 10:55 AM

I was thinking about that and I'm trying to get lead from tire stores and places like that but everyone is using steel tire weights and not lead. Plus they all recycle them and don't have any to give out.

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jonblarc7 01-29-2014 11:43 AM

That is way to easy.

I download the pictures and then erased them because I needed more of a challenge!!!!!!! LOL

Dmac420sj 01-29-2014 11:57 AM


spencerwm 01-29-2014 12:12 PM


Originally Posted by Ansorge10 (Post 1862465)
I was thinking about that and I'm trying to get lead from tire stores and places like that but everyone is using steel tire weights and not lead. Plus they all recycle them and don't have any to give out.

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Wow you are thinking really cheap. I would say make yourself a form and poor some concrete. You can put them in a duffel bag and throw that up in the bow or place them in garbage bags hidden under the seats. That is the most custom yet least expensive way I can think of.

If you value your time just buy a Straight Line Big Bag 275 for $79.99.

FunkyBunch 01-29-2014 12:27 PM

The cheapest thing I have done in the past is buying a wet/dry bag from the camping section of Walmart and putting a 50lb bag of sand in that. I think the total is 10 bucks per 50lb bag.

Ansorge10 01-29-2014 12:44 PM

Simple ballast?
Yeah, with the lead weights I was going to put them in a PVC tube. The concrete is a good idea, that is pretty simple to build a small form the pour it, just have to watch out on what you set it on. Those wet dry bags sound like a good idea thanks guys!

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jagermeister 01-29-2014 12:52 PM

Work some "Overtime" and do it right............................................. ........lol

misfits1981 01-29-2014 2:11 PM

Rubbermaid or similar storage bins. You can line them with garbage bags and fill with water using a standard Fat Sac pump. A 20 gallon bin should yield about 150lbs. We used to run 2-4 bins to offset driver/passenger weight back in the late 90's before thing became automated and easy :D

boardman74 01-29-2014 3:01 PM

I would suggest against concrete. I thought it would be a good idea a few years back before sacs where very popular(1998). I was very disappointed with the size to weight ratio. I filled 6 foot sections of 4 or 5 inch PVC and capped it. I used regular quick crete and they only weighted like 40-45 lbs. Took up a lot of space for what I considered little weight. It was a lot of work to buy the bags, mix it, fill the tubes, glue on caps, etc. Wasn't that cheap either by the time you bought all the materials. I used the things a couple times and threw them in the woods next to our cabin. Come to think of it, buried under 15 years of leaves and brush, I bet they are still there!!

brichter14 01-29-2014 6:39 PM

50 lb bag of sand in a pillow case.

wakedaveup 01-30-2014 7:51 AM

The time you've spent running around, gas, considering buying concrete bags, pouring, you could of just bought that bag for $79,99.

williamburell 01-30-2014 11:22 AM

aerial sells some cheap chit bags. I use them once in awhile. Some of these ideas are funny as crap though. I mean seriously 50k boat and we are suggesting rubbermaid tubs even over a cheap set of bags?

01-30-2014 11:40 AM

5 gal buckets from Home depot, just dip in the water and cap. you'll need 7 or so for 300lbs

01-30-2014 11:43 AM

old car batteries. about 75lbs each. Collect from the junk yard, toss overboard when you are done with them

01-30-2014 12:00 PM

old refrigerators, transmissions, oil burning furnaces, rusted out gas tanks, toilets, pipes wrapped in asbestos ... Anything heavy should do nicely

williamburell 01-30-2014 12:10 PM

You forgot bags full of chipped lead paint

tdickman4 01-30-2014 3:39 PM

BUY FAT SACS AND DO IT RIGHT. Don't waste your time with the other options. Bags aren't expensive. Just go to boardco.com or somewhere else and do it right.

Dmac420sj 01-30-2014 4:52 PM

I would just fill your bow up with dirt and spray some water in it so it doesn't blow all over your boat because you don't want your interior all dirty.

shawndoggy 01-30-2014 5:10 PM

old school CRT monitors and TVs are really heavy and everyone is giving them away.

dezul 01-30-2014 6:33 PM

Cast iron plates....since we are all being crazy.

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brichter14 01-30-2014 6:43 PM

I was serious about the bag of sand in a pillow case. I do that alot.

SS_Hooke102 01-30-2014 7:32 PM

Fat chicks... done and done.

Birdman 01-30-2014 9:00 PM

I'm surprised it took that long for someone to throw fat chicks in there haha

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kmac1587 01-31-2014 6:34 AM

Ive used the old car weights in pac tubing and thats worked well. I also melted some down and made meatloaf pan sized bricks. Process can be dangerous if you don't take the right precautions. I used a regulator my dad uses to work on underground gas tanks so i had zero risk of inhaling fumes. The benefit of melting them down is obviously saving space and you can put them just about anywhere and can remove at anytime easily.

boardman74 01-31-2014 7:02 AM

Get a half dozen bags of cheeto's. You will have all the fat chicks for weight you can handle!!!

beleza 01-31-2014 1:01 PM

I like the bag of sand in a pillowcase idea actually. I will probably add a pillowcase to the very front bow of my san 210 :)

brichter14 01-31-2014 2:06 PM

I have 300lbs of sand all in pillow cases under he bow seats in my SAN

shawndoggy 01-31-2014 2:08 PM

surprised you guys are all overlooking manhole covers.

Dmac420sj 01-31-2014 5:19 PM

Whoa!!! Manhole covers would be awesome like a roll of quarters.

beleza 01-31-2014 6:02 PM

Ben R do you remove the sand bags after every outing or do you just leave them in there?

brichter14 01-31-2014 8:02 PM

I just leave them. I trailer my boat after each use. It is stored indoors And my house is about a mile from the boat ramp so the added weigt isnt that big of a deal. Sand bags are about 3 bucks each so for 18 bucks you can have 300 lbs.

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