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mckevin
07-26-2009, 05:18 PM
Just wondering how much and where you are putting your ballast? I had an 11 year old up surfing, no problem. My buddy, at about 200lbs, could only find a small spot right behind swim platform. It was really to small to use. We had one 500lb sac on the rear seat, another 500lb sac in the floor beside motor. I guess about 800lbs of people. Do I need more weight in front of boat? Or just more weight?

JohnE
07-26-2009, 10:05 PM
Lemme know if you figure it out. I haven't tried much, but had one friend able to surf with stock ballast and just 3 people on board, and 2 of them were a couple of skinny girls. But like you said, the surfable spot was very small.

I think I'm gonna buy one of those thousand pound sacs that go on the back seat. I just gotta pony up the dough.

mckevin
07-27-2009, 06:25 AM
I have friend that has a 1K lb bag. Going to borrow it. I just hate putting that much weight in my SKI boat! Wife wants to try to surf, so here we go. I will let you know what happens.

Age Fighter
07-27-2009, 06:39 AM
I have friend that has a 1K lb bag. Going to borrow it. I just hate putting that much weight in my SKI boat! Wife wants to try to surf, so here we go. I will let you know what happens.

I think you said the magic word with "SKI boat."

From what I have heard -- and from looking at the hull shape -- X-14's are cross over boats that certainly favor the small wake activities over the large wake activities.

Size matters to some wives of course -- so the X-14 might disappoint on the wake surfing in that regard. ;)

mckevin
07-27-2009, 07:50 AM
I don't think she care how big it is, just as long as she can ride it!

Age Fighter
07-27-2009, 01:49 PM
I don't think she care how big it is, just as long as she can ride it!

Touche:D:D:D

mckevin
08-23-2009, 11:08 PM
Ok, we have a final answer. It is possible to surf behind a 214. It just take some weight. I have been playing with it for the past few weeks. I was really fighting putting ballast in the boat. I have tried using one 500lb sac just about everywhere, plus three or four people. It is possible to ride this way, but the sweet spot is tiny. Today we ended up with a 500lb sac in bow, on the floor, as far forward as possible. Another 500lb sac behind the motor box, in the floor. The sac is bigger than the area it occupies, so maybe 350/400lbs in it. Then about 800 to 1000lbs on the back seat, slid over to the right side of boat. We surf on the goofy side (drivers side), the wake just seems bigger on that side. This is in a 214 with no factory ballast. This combo make for a decent surf wake that is big enough to play with. Not huge but definitely surfable. hope this helps somebody. Oh yeah, 10.4 mph on the zero off.

eficalibrator
05-09-2013, 02:45 PM
hope this helps somebody.
YES! Thank you.

medicmoose
05-09-2013, 10:23 PM
If anyone is interested, I have an "L" shaped fat sac that I no longer need. I tried using it on the rear seats but it tends to be a little unstable so it would be best on the floor. I can't remember exactly but it must hold 1,000+ lbs of water.

$50 plus shipping and it's yours.

mzimme
05-09-2013, 10:31 PM
If anyone is interested, I have an "L" shaped fat sac that I no longer need. I tried using it on the rear seats but it tends to be a little unstable so it would be best on the floor. I can't remember exactly but it must hold 1,000+ lbs of water.

$50 plus shipping and it's yours.

I really don't need that, but I'll take it. PM me a paypal address please!