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Do you use ballast to level your boat? Or for trick wakes?

HortonHorton Posts: 30,174 Administrator
Do you use ballast to level your boat? Or for trick wakes?

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Do you use ballast to level your boat? Or for trick wakes? 81 votes

No - do not use ballast of any kind
17%
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Yes - but only for tricks
4%
dislanddchristmanNameUnavailablesancho_jumper 4 votes
Yes - at least some ballast is alway in the boat
28%
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Yes - the water ballast system that is built into the boat
6%
kurtoldjeepjpwhitYoughskierMichaelWiebe 5 votes
Yes - sometimes - depending on how many people are in the boat
20%
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Yes - some combination of the above options
22%
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Comments

  • MISkierMISkier Posts: 3,120 Mega Baller
    Yes - at least some ballast is alway in the boat
    Manual ballast. Lead shot bags. Used to level the boat and, in some cases, bring the nose down.
    The worst slalom equipment I own is between my ears.
  • BroussardBroussard Posts: 509 Crazy Baller
    edited January 28
    Yes - some combination of the above options
    I typically use lead bags to balance a boat for slalom or jump if there is no one in the observers seat. I also use them to weight a boat for tricks or add some weight in the nose for slalom.
    Andre Broussard | SkiBama Team Captain | SkiBennetts |
    MISkier
  • dislanddisland Posts: 1,463 Mega Baller
    Yes - but only for tricks
    I misunderstood the question. I thought you were only asking about water ballast not lead bags
    Dave Island- Princeton Lakes
  • bigtex2011bigtex2011 Posts: 558 Crazy Baller
    yawn.....it must really be getting slow at HQ.
    jayski
  • wski1831wski1831 Posts: 151 Baller
    Yes - some combination of the above options
    I have the leveling tank in my boat. I use it in slalom when needed to balance the boat. for tricks I use it full with bags in the back also.
  • The_MSThe_MS Posts: 6,047 Member of the BallOfSpray Hall Of Fame
    edited January 28
    Yes - sometimes - depending on how many people are in the boat
    @bigtex2011 whenever there is a poll like this it is not long after that you see new advertising
    Shut up and ski
    jayskiaupatking
  • HortonHorton Posts: 30,174 Administrator
    Yes - at least some ballast is alway in the boat
    @The_MS I wish it was that easy. Somebody recently asked me why I wasn't calling on the lead bag companies and I told them they were crazy and then thought maybe I was wrong so now I'm running a poll.

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  • The_MSThe_MS Posts: 6,047 Member of the BallOfSpray Hall Of Fame
    Yes - sometimes - depending on how many people are in the boat
    It’s a good thing
    Shut up and ski
  • WayneWayne Posts: 551 Solid Baller
    Yes - at least some ballast is alway in the boat
    I run a fatsac to balance out for the driver.
  • oldjeepoldjeep Posts: 3,753 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Yes - the water ballast system that is built into the boat
    Sometimes just having a subscription fee is superior to advertising.
    In terms of the question, front tank full for skiing to drop bow, move people for side to side balance.
    Chuck P
    Not a mechanic but I play one at home
  • thagerthager Posts: 5,136 Mega Baller
    Yes - sometimes - depending on how many people are in the boat
    I use 70 lbs. of sand behind passenger seat in the nose of my 196. Usually only driver and skier, rarely have more than that for practice. Remove if I do. Cost was like $3.00.
    Stir vigorously then leave!
    Hortonaupatking
  • thagerthager Posts: 5,136 Mega Baller
    Yes - sometimes - depending on how many people are in the boat
    Yep, S. Canadian oil sand. I like the way it sticks together in the container!
    Stir vigorously then leave!
    jayski
  • swbcaswbca Posts: 120 Baller
    @MISkier Where do you get lead shot bags. I used to have two 100 pound steel plates with a handle welded to each, but lost them somewhere ?
  • swbcaswbca Posts: 120 Baller
    edited January 30
    ANYONE Does a 197 ProStar need weights to offset the 110 pound wife driver ? for slalom ? I recently bought the boat but its winter here.
  • MISkierMISkier Posts: 3,120 Mega Baller
    Yes - at least some ballast is alway in the boat
    @swbca, in the past we have gotten the bags from Action Watersports. We usually get the 50 pound bags. They have two heavy duty web strap handles (one on either end) and are a very heavy duty vinyl.

    A Google search for lead shot bags brings up a few options, but not the ones we have.
    The worst slalom equipment I own is between my ears.
    swbca
  • jjackkrashjjackkrash Posts: 845 Crazy Baller
    Leadwake.com makes great (stout) 50 lbs. bags and they have lots of colors to color match your boat. They fit them in a USPS box that is priced independent of weight so shipping is pretty cheap. And contrary to the name, the weight is steel shot not lead.
    swbcaunksskis
  • Bookm_danoBookm_dano Posts: 99 Baller
    No - do not use ballast of any kind
    No, but I think I should. There's an anchor and a tool kit under the observer seat (probably about 30 lbs)... Wake seems really uneven when I'm pulling my wife. Not as bad for me since she weighs about 112. Helps when one of our ski buds is with us.
  • skiinxsskiinxs Posts: 626 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Yes - sometimes - depending on how many people are in the boat
    Yes, two 50 Lb rubber coated dumbbells under observer seat if only driver is in boat. leaning boats do not drive or ski well.
    HortonBookm_dano
  • 2Valve2Valve Posts: 368 Crazy Baller
    Yes - at least some ballast is alway in the boat
    I throw six of those 60lb. sand tubes into the bed of my pickup for winter traction. I just take a couple in the spring and put 'em in the boat. One in the bow and one in front of the pole that I can move from left to right depending on passenger girth. :)

  • aupatkingaupatking Posts: 1,599 Mega Baller
    edited January 31
    Yes - sometimes - depending on how many people are in the boat
    If the option for “pretty much always” had been there. Most of the time it’s me and my ski partner only. With just the driver it’s 45lbs plate under the passenger seat of the 196 and a 50lbs bag of sand almost to the left gunwale under the passenger seat. Drives easy and skis easy. I see some folks use 70lbs in the same boat. I guess me and my ski partner need to drop the bio-ballast.
    sancho_jumper
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