I've got a new boat (new to me that is) and I'm still trying dial in my ballast as far as how much to put in the back and how much to put in the front. My question is I know this is a lot of trial and error, but how do I go about coming to a resolution with this delicate balance? Do I start off throwing everything in the back and then start moving ballast to the front a little bit at a time until the boat just barely tips over to plane out....would this be the ideal balance? I've read 60% rear and 40% front...is this about right?
Also, what does weight in the rear do to the wake and what does weight in the front do to it? Also, is there any advantage to putting weight in the middle of the boat? I have a DD, so I could put a sac in front of the motor box.
Another thing, how do you know when you have added too much ballast for your boat....other than the obvious that its sinking
Will the wake start to flatten back out once you've gone past that magic number of the perfect ballast amount for your specific boat?
Please lend some much needed advice....thanks for the comments.