After dealing with a crappy surf wave on my 2001 X-Star (Unless I had 6 large friends in the boat) Most of the time its just me, my wife and 4 kids, 3 of which are skinny girls and 1 skinny boy, I decided to do something about it. I've searched the internet high and low and have yet to find any other surf tabs on this boat, so I felt it my duty to humanity to give it a try.
I picked up a used system off of ebay for $225. There is enough room to use plates that are 12" wide. I would have liked longer plates, but the one I got are only 8" deep. (If these don't do the job there is an 11" set I can pick up for $90).
So here are the install pics.
-A couple on notes.
The system came with square control switches that I didn't like so I ordered the round one. It was larger than the old clarion remote (didn't mind pulling it as its been sitting un-used for years, but I made it work. Also the controls are backwards, the starboard switches control the port tab, so I'll switch that.
Please don't mind the dirt, the boat has been sitting for the winter and these projects help me to get it cleaned up and ready.
Current ballast setup: (2) 540lb V-Drive bags, (1) 400lb belly bag, 200lbs of sand bags under the front seats. So around 1,800lbs of ballast. I've surfed this hull with just one 540lb bag in the past with just one person in the boat, sometimes the distribution gets off I guess.
Last note, I haven't had a chance to try this out yet. Need to find a second/ or third in the San Luis Obispo/ Lake Nacimiento area if anyone wants to give it a go!
Let me know what you think