View Full Version : Ballast System Recommendations?

05-03-2007, 03:52 AM
I just bought a 2003 Maristar 210. This is my family's first ski boat (last summer we were using a 3 seater Seadoo to ski :( )

I want to add a tower and ballast system. We are going to be using this for slalom as well as for wakeboarding and kneeboarding. I am thinking I will need a really fast pump to be able to empty and fill on the water. So, I'm looking for suggestions on which ballasts I should use and placement, how much weight I should aim to add, a pump, and how I should set this up.

05-03-2007, 10:49 AM
This thread should answer all your questions (http://www.wakesiderides.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=17225).

If you have more, you can ask the man himself right here: http://www.tmcowners.com/teamtalk/member.php?u=360

05-03-2007, 10:59 AM
Here is a write-up on the ballast system I recently installed. It is a different style system than Paul's (P-hat); he used reversible pumps and I used Aerators; one direction flow. There are pro's and cons to each.

Tsunami pumps are touted as being the fastest, but they have an odd size threaded inlet, so I went with Rule 1100 gph; almost as fast. Here is the thread:


05-05-2007, 01:39 AM
For slalom, would you recommend filling up a ballast in the front to balance out the engine that is in the back because it is a V-Drive?

Also, is it important to have a front sack filled in addition to sac(s) in the back in terms of handling and planing?

Will certain pumps take care of both filling and draining? Or is a separate pump needed for filling, then draining?

05-05-2007, 02:06 AM
I have never skied behind the 210 but my X30 (230) is an absolute pig to ski behind. I would definately keep the front ballast bag full for skiing.

Yes, you definately want to have a front ballast bag and rear ballast. A good general rule of thumb that I have heard is to have 40% of your total ballast wieght up front and 60% in the rear.

05-05-2007, 02:17 AM
Is the wake really different between a V-drive and direct drive?

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05-05-2007, 07:31 AM
Is the wake really different between a V-drive and direct drive?

That is definite...........................maybe

05-05-2007, 10:55 AM
Is the wake really different between a V-drive and direct drive?

Night and Day difference!!!!!!

05-05-2007, 02:17 PM
What kind of pumps do the X-series use?