View Full Version : 2001 X-star center ballast filling?

02-25-2012, 06:03 PM

I just recently acquired a 2001 Mastercraft X-star, and we're still just trying to understand the boat. Specifically, we're having some issues with the ballast. The center ballast tank keeps filling for some odd reason, even with the valves in the hatch at the closed position. If it's in the closed position, no water should even be entering the ballast, correct?

Also, we would like to upgrade the pumps to help fill up the ballast faster. Does anyone know what pumps are used? From looking around, I gathered that the 2001 models used 6 pumps, 3 for filling and 3 for emptying.

Coming from a Doral 216CC I/O, this boat is going to be a blast :D

02-25-2012, 10:29 PM
I have the 2000 Xstar with a 2001 ballast system. If you are thinking about upgrading the pumps upgrade them to the Tsunami 1200's. You can get the pumps for around 35 bucks each. (just the pumps and wiring harness) from wakemakers.com You will need some fittings to attach them which Wakemakers also sells.

If I recall the valves back there at least on mine are only for the tanks. The center ballast just has a one way check valve in line towards the transom. It's a grey torpedo looking thing. This only prevents the bag from emptying. If you want to stop the bag from fillng you can add a PVC ball valve on the fill hose right in the area of the center drain plug by splicing the line. Its a simple addition and easy to get to. To install it just pull up the floor by pulling up and forwards towards the bow on the floor from that access point in the floor. My factory bag never filled, but it finally gave way and I installed a newer custom sac and for some reason it started filling all the time so I just added that pvc ball valve to prevent that.

02-26-2012, 03:19 AM
My boat has three valves in the back, so I'm assuming there's one for each.

02-26-2012, 10:50 PM
No prob. I am guessing then that the gate on the center bag has finally wore out. You can still find those manual gates online. I had one of mine wear out. The arm on the gate just gets week and loose so it doesn't seal the gate all the way.

However if you plan on redoing the system you are going to want to use 1inch hose to re do the whole system for maximum flow with the tsunamis. If you dont want all new hose the Tsunami 1200's will still cut the time considerably.

Also the stock pumps are 750gph. They are mayfair/johnson cartridge/aerator pumps on mine....Yellow housings. You can swap the 750 motors for a bigger motor. Bass pro and online is best place. I can't recall if the max is 1000gph, 1100, or 1200gph on the replacement cartridge. However the Tsunamis are much faster. You will notice a bit quicker fill time with the bigger guts, but replacing all the fill pumps with Tsunamis will almost half it.

03-02-2012, 11:51 PM
Hmm... I'm having a hard time finding those gates. Can you please point me in the right direction?


03-06-2012, 12:15 AM
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