View Full Version : Tristar ballast advice

05-06-2008, 11:25 PM
I recently purchased an '89 Tristar and I am looking to get some fat sacs to load it down. I was thinking of 540 lbs on each side of the dd to start. If anyone has any advice weighting these boats I would appreciate your input. I have heard of people putting as much as 2500-3000 lbs... The only thing that concerns be is the bow riding low, but as long as I am careful coming down on plane I think it should be fine.

05-07-2008, 08:52 AM
I don't have any fat sacs, I use people. With 7 people in the boat, it throws a nice wake. I would not only be careful about the bow going under, also be aware of throwing water over the stern when coming off plane. That has happened to me once or twice. :rolleyes: You need to keep the ballast happy when the ballast wants to stay dry. Are you going with tower or pylon?

05-08-2008, 01:30 AM
I just have a pylon for now. In the future I want to add a New Demensions tower to the boat. I am not sure how much they run...I figure somewhere a little over 2 grand? I have only had the boat out twice this spring the weather is just killing me.

05-08-2008, 09:06 AM
Yeah, I think that price is about right for the tower. When it came down to it, $400 for the pylon was more than adequate for me. I spent the extra money on gas instead...and beer. Is your Tri open bow?

06-28-2008, 11:43 PM
what did you end up using for fat sacks? I have an 89 tristar also and am curious.

06-29-2008, 01:35 AM
I am using two 540# Launch Pad recliners next to the DD and 5-6 friends for now. The wake incredible for the money. I ride 75' at about 23-24 mph. If I had the extra cash, I would have went with the fly high fat sacs and the tsunami pump. Make sure the driver knows what they are doing or else you are going to be running the bilge pump all day. Keep me posted on your decision.

07-07-2008, 08:46 PM
I have a '90 tristar open bow and run a 600 across the back and 2 375's on either side of the motor. I recently got a pinhole in my 600 pounder and one of my buddies lost a cap for one of my 375's and haven't been able to get parts so i just ordered some Launch pad covered bags. I ordered a 725 for the back and 2 440's to go beside the motor. The wake was decent before but it'll only be better with more weight. I usually also ride with as many people that i can cram in the boat and it works pretty good. We do however have to run the bilge pump alot!

07-11-2008, 12:42 AM
My buddy took these pics last week. We were running the two 540's next to DD, along with 5 or 6 people and gear. Very fun wake.

07-11-2008, 02:32 AM
holy crap! Thats a nice wake!

07-11-2008, 07:22 AM
holy crap! Thats a nice wake!

WOW! That's what i'm thinkin!

07-11-2008, 08:45 AM
My buddy took these pics last week. We were running the two 540's next to DD, along with 5 or 6 people and gear. Very fun wake.

WOW!!! My 205 with 1600+ dosnt look nearly that good. Great looking wake!