View Full Version : 2001 xstar ballast help for wakesurfing
08-19-2013, 11:41 AM
So this is my first year with a boat and wakesurfing and am haveing a heck of a time getting a clean wave port side.
Down side is im already on vaction have 3 passengers plus one 4 year. And only factory ballast. Looking for some advice on makeing the best with what I have. As buying more ballast isn't an option till the winter.
Any advice is apreciated.
I run about 300 in the ski locker, 250 starboard locker, 750 in the port locker, 250 under the port bench and a few adults on the port seats with one up front, they sometimes get replaced with more bags though.
In your situation you need to maximize your lean with what you have. Drain your starboard locker half way and fill a cooler or two with ice and beer next to the port seat in the back or on the seat, concentrate on putting all the weight you can on the port side towards the rear. This will make the wave a little taller adding some push, but shorten it up a bit.
Any setup for a 205v is applicable to your boat.
08-19-2013, 05:06 PM
So I shouldnt run the starboard conpletly empty. Also should I run anything in the ski locker ? And just have everyone sit on the port side ?
08-20-2013, 09:35 PM
With my 05 X2 (205V hull):
- 750 port sac full or nearly so
- KGB full
- Integrated bow sac full
- Usually a couple people sitting on the port side
- (I have a 750 sac on the starboard as well but never use it for surfing.)
- typical speed @ 10.5 + or -
Some people complain that the pocket on the 205/X2/X1 isn't that big. Perhaps not, but we have no problem. Here's a vid of my 13 yr old son taken just a few days ago. It was his first day surfing.:D http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqOlQ0YQtZE&feature=em-upload_owner
08-21-2013, 12:05 AM
Personally I prefer no weight in the starboard side when surfing
Before switching my tanks to sacks I tried surfing and had no luck. With just 4 ppl in the boat the stock KGB and port weren't enough for me. The cooler idea mentioned above does sound like a good idea. Anchors and cases of water positioned to the rear port side of the boat would help too.
08-21-2013, 12:09 AM
With this hull, the key seems to be getting weight to the front. That's where the IBS or some other sort of weight -- even people -- in the bow helps. Front weight helps to lengthen the pocket.
08-21-2013, 04:41 PM
2001 x star I surf with port 750 full, starboard 1/4 of the way full, 300 ski locker, 400 sac under port seat (fill it as much as i can before seat starts to lift), 400 sac in between bow seats, 300lbs of lead evenly under bow seats. Wave is pretty clean the sweet spot did get further back after the lead was added under the front seats. The wake is pretty sweet for only having my 130lbs girlfriend driving the boat. With more friends obviously the wake gets a lot nicer especially when I have people sit in the bow.