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Carbon Pro Ballast system????????

oldmanskieroldmanskier Posts: 128 Baller
Being the new owner of a 2014 Carbon Pro I was curious as to what everyone thinks of the ballast system used to adjust for no passenger weight.
The person I purchased my boat from preferred to use shot bag weights to level boat.
They did not want to have all that dampness under the bow of the boat which could cause the tank get all scummy and dirty from being wet all the time.
The ballast tank on my boat has never been used and looks like new.
Questions:
Do ballers with Carbon Pros use the ballast system?
If so how do you determine how much water to pump in?
Or
Do most of you still use weights of some kind to balance the boat?
oldmanskier

Comments

  • HortonHorton Posts: 25,318 Administrator
    In all three Centurions have had the ballast system works excellent. A full ballast tank is about equivalent of one adult male. 190 lbs -ish

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  • robscholl-OFrobscholl-OF Posts: 285 Baller
    Use it all the time. It is sealed so no mosture gets under bow. I just fill till it runs out and call it good. Does not seem to matter who is driving. Was one of the huge bonuses to getting a CP. (I have two, one 6.0 and a 5.7) USE THE BALLAST....OF
  • bishop8950bishop8950 Posts: 1,005 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    We have 1250hrs on ours and it has never leaked a drop or caused any moisture. We have replaced the impeller and otherwise works great. I don't miss moving weights around at all. We basically just fill it to balance an average adult driver.
  • lpskierlpskier Posts: 2,150 Mega Baller
    What @Horton said.
    John Wilkins- Si non pro sanguine quem ludus ne. #iskiconnelly
  • dbutcherdbutcher Posts: 273 Solid Baller
    Two 50 lb. shot bags with handles are infinitely adjustable for boat level, more convenient, and much faster. Nothing wrong with the ballast tank though.
  • skihardskihard Posts: 529 Crazy Baller
    Use the ballast in my boat all the time. Works sweet when there is only two of us. 35-45 second fill and go!
    I watch others constantly moving weights of many types around in their boats and every time think "wow my weight issue is easily solved with the push of a switch"
    2014 Carbon Pro, Radar Pro Build Lithium Vapor w/ Vapor Carbitex Boa Bindings - life's about working hard and then having fun on the water! I am - are you?
  • oldmanskieroldmanskier Posts: 128 Baller
    Thanks for all the comments. I have not read up on ballast system yet. When you turn it on does it auto shut off when tank is full?
  • HortonHorton Posts: 25,318 Administrator
    edited March 2016
    @oldmanskier no. You turn it on and wait to hear water come out the Overflow. Or if you don't want to completely full tank you can flip up the passenger seat and look up the tank and see the level - then turn it off when you want.

    The switch has 3 settings off, fill and empty

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  • oldmanskieroldmanskier Posts: 128 Baller
    Horton: Thanks for the info.
  • blinddogblinddog Posts: 51 Baller
    Bought a 2012 CP in August and LOVE the ballast. I cannot imagine using something manual when you have this convenience. The best way to know when it's level is to turn it on when the skier is in the water, they visually tell you when the platform is level. After a few times, you will know about where to fill it up and you can make minor adjustments in either direction in a few seconds with the press of a button. Also- we only fill ours up about 30-35% and it compensates for me while driving and I'm 180 lbs. I can't believe the "big 3" didn't think of this years ago...
  • oldjeepoldjeep Posts: 3,032 Mega Baller
    @blinddog - Mastercraft has had something similar for years
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  • HortonHorton Posts: 25,318 Administrator
    @oldjeep you realize what we're talking about is a side to side boat leveling ballast? I've never seen that in another boat.

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  • oldjeepoldjeep Posts: 3,032 Mega Baller
    edited December 2016
    @Horton yes I realize that. MC calls it skiers ballast or something like that. The 2011 WTT I ski behind occasionally has it. Looks like it has been an option since at least 2008

    2008prostar-197
    Ballast None
    (Optional 180 lb. side tank and 432 lb. rear tank, 612 lb. total)

    Make that since at least 2007
    2007-prostar-197
    One observer's-side tank: 180 lb.
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  • HortonHorton Posts: 25,318 Administrator
    @oldjeep ok I believe you but I've ever seen it.

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  • oldjeepoldjeep Posts: 3,032 Mega Baller
    edited December 2016
    FWIW I guess it is called MTS (Mastercraft Training System) and has been around since 2003
    mastercraft history

    •MasterCraft Training Systems (MTS), which is a ballast tank under the observer's seat in the storage area and holds up to 185 pounds, simulates the weight balance of tournament conditions. Convenient dash controls and a gauge control the weight.
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  • MISkierMISkier Posts: 2,199 Mega Baller
    edited December 2016
    I recall the MTS, possibly even earlier than 2003.
    The worst slalom equipment I own is between my ears.
  • RAWSkiRAWSki Posts: 489 Crazy Baller
    The CP Ballast works very well for its primary purpose. That is to level the craft when running with just a driver. Or I suppose a much larger driver than observer! (Much like the mentioned MC "MTS" ). The originals owner's concern of underbow dampness is really not a valid issue with a heavy-guage sealed tank. Even if you are concerned about some condensation then just empty the Ballast each day.

    I use it often. But also take two shot bags to tournaments so drivers-judges can fine tune the boat to their liking.
  • Mateo_VargasMateo_Vargas Posts: 797 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    I had the MTS in my 2000 MasterCraft promo.
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  • MISkierMISkier Posts: 2,199 Mega Baller
    @Mateo Vargas, I thought that 2000 might have been the first year for MTS.
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