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Old 09-08-2011, 09:13 AM
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Ballast VS Boat weight limit

Question is, if my boat has a wieght limit of 1400 lbs, does that include ballast?

I see people talking about how they added almost 2000 lbs of ballast yet i know it would be over the limit in wieght for capacity. How do I know if it is too much?
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Old 09-08-2011, 09:20 AM
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let's put it this way: partial sinking is a good thing. sinking sinking is a bad thing. thats when you know you put too much in.
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Old 09-08-2011, 09:21 AM
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Question is, if my boat has a wieght limit of 1400 lbs, does that include ballast?

I see people talking about how they added almost 2000 lbs of ballast yet i know it would be over the limit in wieght for capacity. How do I know if it is too much?
I'm sure it does. That weight limit is gear, people, ballast and anything else you put in the boat.
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Old 09-08-2011, 09:28 AM
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so if i have my boat loaded to max cap on people which would probebly be around the same for wieght, then i can't have ballast?
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Old 09-08-2011, 09:28 AM
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let's put it this way: partial sinking is a good thing. sinking sinking is a bad thing. thats when you know you put too much in.
Good point!

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I'm sure it does. That weight limit is gear, people, ballast and anything else you put in the boat.
Which means, once you throw all the ballast in, no one can go on the boat...
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Old 09-08-2011, 09:31 AM
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Which means, once you throw all the ballast in, no one can go on the boat...
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Old 09-08-2011, 09:53 AM
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ok, so add ballast take away people? How does everyone else do it?
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Old 09-08-2011, 09:56 AM
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I've been stopped by water patrol when ballast was loaded (its obvious on a 2005 X2) and had to dig around in my lockers, and they saw my rear sacs were filled. They knew i had ballast, they didnt care. My capacity plate has something like 1600 lbs, i have 2700lbs + people all the time. as long as you know that yourself and whoever is driving can do it safely.. i dont see a problem with it.

overloaded boats are just a fact of life when you're wakeboarding
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ok, so add ballast take away people? How does everyone else do it?
I put in too much weight with ballast and then i add more with people
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Old 09-08-2011, 10:57 AM
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ok, so add ballast take away people? How does everyone else do it?
Fill the boat up with 7-8 people, then add 2700 lbs. of ballast and you get a really nice wake. Fill the boat up to what you are comfortable driving with.

Never been hassled by the DNR or Sheriff when it was obvious we were full on ballast plus 7-8 people. They don't seem to care as long as you have all the required safety equipment.
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