I have an appointment at active in Oregon city on Tuesday to get some plug and play ballasts installed in my 2013 F21. From what I’ve read on the forums, and from just general use in my boat, bow weight is a must (even for stock ballast). Originally i was thinking 1000lb bags in the rear lockers, but after doing some reading, that seems like it may be overboard. I don’t have trim tabs on my boat, and after talking with some buddies, even 750lb bags, on top of the 900lb stock hard tanks may require tabs to get on plane. For the bow, what bags are people using up there? How much weight can you get in them, and is it adequate enough for the added weight in the rear? Were/are trim tabs necessary? With the added weight in the front, was your boat prone to porposing? I’ve had a few people up there, maybe 500lbs or so, and it makes the wake with the stock tanks great. I’m just unsure of a 500lb bag, with an additional 2-3 people up there. I understand that it WILL porpose under certain circumstances. I had a 2006 Ski centurion direct drive and the nose under NO weight sat so low to the water that any little wave would flood the bow. It would scare the sh!t out of my every time a huge roller would come near my boat. I love that my MB sits so high in the water, that’s one of the many reasons i chose it, but i don’t want to go back to constantly stressing about taking massive water over the bow with any small roller.
I’m looking to get a clean, massive, consistent wake around 21.5. I’m not a fan of riding fast, as it’s more painful eating it on a failed tantrum or big 3. Also not a fan of the port side wake at slower speeds with it being constantly washed out.
I’m re propping to the 2079 to help with the plaining/added weight.
Any added setups, advice, conjecture is much appreciated. Just trying to make the right decision, as the install is pretty spending. Thanks in advance!
So we managed to put together a budget gate using plastic and a G clamp.
100% right tank and 70% left tank + 300lb in the bow, 3 people in the boat.
Both tanks full + 300lb in the bow and 3 people in the boat.
The goofy wave turned out quite well, although the natural wave wouldnt clean up fully.
For those of you running supplemental bags in your trunks, how do you have your fill lines routed? My pumps are mounted to the transom, and I've been running up and over the divider wall to the bottom fill port on the rear of the sacks. Wondering whether it might make more sense to use the hole saw to drill a hole for the hose at the bottom of the divider wall so that the hose can run "flat" on the floor rather than the rainbow arc?