Best set up I have found for our 45 is all stock ballast full.........then 300 pound buddy on Port locker, and then 800 pound plus or so along port side and extra 300 pounds or so along port front side. Plate 1/2 to 3/4 about 11.7 on PP.
I installed the X-Star ballast bags and have not been able to dial them in yet. My extra ballast has always been with people and I have some big friends so I can move people around until I get the wave curling over and play with the plate. I do have consistent trouble when my 300 pound buddy is behind the boat and I loose his ballast weight. I hope the extra ballast bags will take care of that.
2006, X-45, Acme 1285, X-Star ballast, Heater, Shower,