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Old 01-16-2011, 10:47 PM
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Ballast System Make Over

Here is the start of my winter ballast system make over. First, a little history. I have a 2002 X-30. I removed the hard tanks and replaced them with the Fly High 750lb sacs in the rear compartments. I also had a custom larger center ski locker sac made that holds roughly 500lbs. Finally, I have the triangular Fly High sac for the bow that sit on the bow cushions. I fill this sac up using the Tsunami pump. The other 3 sacs are filled (very slowly) with the 3 stock ballast puppies. This winter I decided to rip out the ballast manifold that came from the factory.

Next, will be to drill to additional holes for thru-hull fittings. My plan is to feed each ballast puppy with its own water source. I will also be draining the water from these same thru-hull fittings. It that does not work I'll add y-adaptors and drain out the stock locations.

Lastly, I have polished the insides of the ballast puppies and will be mounting the pumps with the impeller on the bottom and motor on top - as directed by the people at Wakemakers.

I'm getting all my stuff from Wakemakers.

Here are some pictures of the ballast pumps and ballast manifold.
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Old 01-17-2011, 05:14 AM
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I have a 2000 XStar (205V) and have been doing the same (filling and draining through the same thru hull). I do not have a vent on the bag and thus when draining suck out all the water and air thru a fitting I made which ensures that the hole is not blocked by the bag when draining. They say that this is not healthy because I could burst the bag but it has been working for me. When filling I stand still not to suck up any air. Basically I need no check valves and this speeds up the filling and draining process.
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Old 01-17-2011, 01:29 PM
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What did you use to polish the pumps?
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Old 01-17-2011, 01:39 PM
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I have a 2000 XStar (205V) and have been doing the same (filling and draining through the same thru hull). I do not have a vent on the bag and thus when draining suck out all the water and air thru a fitting I made which ensures that the hole is not blocked by the bag when draining. They say that this is not healthy because I could burst the bag but it has been working for me. When filling I stand still not to suck up any air. Basically I need no check valves and this speeds up the filling and draining process.
I definately agree and understand that not using check valves will increase the flow. I am not planning on using check valves either. However, I do have vents plumbed on each bag.
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Old 01-17-2011, 01:40 PM
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What did you use to polish the pumps?
Mothers Aluminum Wheel polish and the rubbing compound that came with the Dremel polishing kit. The Mothers Alumimun polished worked best. I also used a high speed polishing wheel on the cover plates.
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I wonder if the Mothers Power ball mini would work!
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Old 01-17-2011, 01:51 PM
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I wonder if the Mothers Power ball mini would work!
I removed the impeller housing from the pump so the pump shaft would not get in the way. You might be able to use the small power ball. I have one but did not think of using it. It may still be too big to get into the corners. I also polished the inlet and outlet portions of the impeller casting.
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Did you see a big improvement on the time to fill and empty the bags?
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Not a big improvement in fill times because I'm still limited by the manifold not being able to supply enough water to run all 3 or even 2 pumps at the same time. What I believe polishing the ballast pumps help with is the reversing of the impellers. They never get stuck with the insides polished. I am sure that when I get done with this project - feeding each pump with an individual thru-hull supply of water that I'll be able to fill all 2,000 lbs in less than 10 minutes.
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Old 01-17-2011, 02:03 PM
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BTW when I had my ballast system installed a few years ago I had them do a seprate pickup for each pump. They also empty through the same pickup. Mastercraft is useing a plastic through hole pickup. I have not had a problem with them but I know that this year it is time to change all the impellers. One thing i had to do so I could rum all three pumps at the same time is install a larger circut braker. Just something to think about!
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