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Old 07-24-2017, 09:29 PM
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Ballast help 230 maristar

We just started surfing in the last month. 2000 Maristar 230.
Added 1100 Lb sacs to the rear lockers, 3/4 full no passengers could not get on plane.
So far best setup seems to be about 1/2 full right rear none left rear and 1/4 full up front on floor between seats.
Any advice would be much appreciated!!!
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Old 07-24-2017, 10:01 PM
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You should be surfing 10-11MPH. You don't want your boat on plane.

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Old 07-24-2017, 10:03 PM
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Old 07-24-2017, 10:06 PM
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Sorry should have posted surf speed varies between 9 and 11 mph trying to build better wave.
Thanks for the response!!
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Old 07-24-2017, 11:49 PM
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Does your boat have any factory hard tanks?
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Old 07-25-2017, 12:00 AM
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Your gonna need to
Prop the boat down to handle the weight you are going to need to surf it. As other stated 9.5 to 11 are gonna be the speeds you need. Wake shapers are really changing the world build you own or buy one. I personally run go surf assist. But weight and a shaped plus correct speed should have you well on your way.


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Old 07-25-2017, 12:19 AM
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Load it one side only, pick the side you want to surf. We surf port, Load the port side full, fill the font bags full, throw another bag up front if you want. your wife will think you are crazy, list the boat to the side, set you speed to 9.9 - 10.8 based on surfers. Buy a surf rope do not try with ski rope.

put people on port side, list the boat to the side as much as you can

we are on vacation surfing like crazy, load it up and you will have fun

the picture is surfing port, load the port side as much as you can, once they are up and have it make them give up the rope. the rope is not needed make them shift weight so they understand control.

please get a surf rope so they do not get tangled up

have surfer move that front foot more towards the edge of board wake side, hips towards the wake
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Old 07-25-2017, 01:21 AM
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I have same hull, i run bagged out about 3200 lbs balanced... Trick is loading the front and locker while using a BOBv5. Doesn't hurt to list the boat a little surf side. Email me if you want more, i don't get here as much lately. [email protected]

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Old 07-25-2017, 01:32 PM
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I have an 01' x-30 (should be same hull) and just completed my ballast upgrade. I surf with 750's in rear full, kgb so full that the hatch is popped open and an under seat bow bag completely full. We also have a suckgate that completely changed the wave in the best way possible. If your wave is anything like mine was, it is washed out almost immediately behind the boat on surf side. Generally there is 3-4 guys that move around depending on who is surfing to clean it up some. My boat absolutely loves bow weight. I had to re-prop to even think about getting to surf speed. I had a 13x17.5 and have come down in pitch to a 13x13.5 (if i remember right). I cannot get up to wakeboard speed with all of the ballast, so I'm going to try to go down to a 13x11.5 or so. I've been wanting to try one of those new 5 blade acme props, I've read a lot of good things about them. Anyone have any experience with them?


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Old 07-25-2017, 03:24 PM
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No factory ballast or hard tanks.
Thanks for all of the replies, please keep them coming. I really appreciate the weight specifics and locations, VERY helpful!!!
I am keeping track of suggestions and doing calculations so I have a better idea where to start next time out.
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