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Old     (newwhit)      Join Date: Mar 2007       03-22-2007, 10:01 AM Reply   
i rock an old 1997 sea ray with a 5.7 V8. I switched to a four blade prop a few seasons ago, and have way better pull. I usually have about 5-7 people in my boat. will weight really help with wake size? is fat sacks the only answer? keep in mind i am a poor student!
Old     (mhayes)      Join Date: Jul 2004       03-22-2007, 10:04 AM Reply   
Lead, sand, concrete, friends, etc. If it or they weight more than nothing, then put them into the boat.
Old     (rich_g)      Join Date: May 2003       03-22-2007, 11:06 AM Reply   
your best next upgrade would be a higher tow rope attachment. An inexpensive tower, such as from here: or possibly even a used on for less on ebay or craigslist.

This won't make a better wake but will give you a better pull and more air time from your existing wake. Before you spend a lot on fat sacs and pumps, load your boat down with a big crew and see how it responds to the weight.
Old     (slamminp)      Join Date: Mar 2004       03-22-2007, 11:17 AM Reply   
Get a 500 lb sack in the back along with your friends. Fat sacks are both convenient and effective.. to get an equivalent amount of weight with sand/lead would be a huge hassle. Don't be afraid to load the boat 100-200 lbs over the suggested weight limit. You won't be dissappointed. You can get a fat sack for ~$100
Old     (denverd1)      Join Date: May 2004       03-22-2007, 11:25 AM Reply   
balance it front to back. i/o's are real sensitive to weight placement. 60/40 back/front
Old     (newwhit)      Join Date: Mar 2007       03-22-2007, 11:46 AM Reply   
i should have added this, i do have a tower. thanks for the advice.
Old     (newwhit)      Join Date: Mar 2007       03-22-2007, 11:47 AM Reply   
does anyone know the best place to get ballast systems?
Old     (fatsac)      Join Date: Jun 2004       03-22-2007, 11:54 AM Reply   
Play it Again Sports. I picked up 350lbs for super cheap and then wrapped in foam padding and duct tape. It really puts the azz in classy...but works.
Old     (denverd1)      Join Date: May 2004       03-22-2007, 12:11 PM Reply   
tire weights work well. you can make them whatever shape you need.
Old     (gherk)      Join Date: Aug 2001       03-22-2007, 12:18 PM Reply   
You can pick up a camping mattress from wal-mart for about $10. It's not a strong material, you will eventually have to replace it, but you can fit about 1000 lbs of water in them.
Old     (newwhit)      Join Date: Mar 2007       03-22-2007, 12:36 PM Reply   
paul: how do you fill them with water?

nacho: what are tire weights?
Old     (denverd1)      Join Date: May 2004       03-22-2007, 12:55 PM Reply   

your tires are balanced with weights. a 5 gal bucket full weighs 150 lbs.
Old     (firemedic)      Join Date: Jul 2006       03-22-2007, 1:44 PM Reply   
Yeah, I just melted two five gallon buckets of old tire weights. I took me several hours but I go 7 45 pound lead blocks. I put stainless steel U-bolts in them for handles and I am gonna coat them w/ the vinyl that they use for covering tool handles and such. I paid 40 bucks for the lead and 3 bucks each for the U-bolts. I think it's a cheap option for folks on a budget. Plus it allows you to move your weight around in your boat in smaller increments.
Old     (atropine)      Join Date: Aug 2004       03-22-2007, 8:01 PM Reply   
Put your ballast in the front walkway on the floor of the open bow. Then after you get the rider up, try triming up a little to get the cleanest, deepest wake. Ballast and trimming up make a huge difference. I had much better luck with weighting the front of my I/O.
Old     (denverd1)      Join Date: May 2004       03-22-2007, 8:59 PM Reply   
there it is, sam. i wasn't sure the setup...
Old     (johnsvt)      Join Date: Dec 2006       03-22-2007, 9:06 PM Reply   
Give me a call I'll send my girlfriend to see ya...can't take her on my bu that whole weak floor thing.


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