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Old 07-25-2014, 02:21 PM
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V-Drive set-up for skiing

Do you any of you V-Drive owners fill the center and/or bow ballast for slalom skiing? Wondering if that helps soften wake?

Reason for asking: I am considering purchasing a bow sac and wondering if it would add value for skiing in addition to wakeboarding and surfing.
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Old 07-25-2014, 02:56 PM
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30% or so KGB ballast helps the ski and footing wake on our X9, especially with few or no passengers.
I guess I should mention the X9 is direct drive but has a ski wake like a v drive
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Old 07-25-2014, 03:40 PM
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Yes, it makes a difference. We prefer to put the spotter in the bow seat rather than use ballast. And we run the gas down to half tank or less.
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Old 07-26-2014, 09:00 AM
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I would think adding ballast to the center or a bow tank would have a similar effect to adding a center trim tab. The bow would go down lifting the stern and hopefully decreasing the terrible slalom wake my 07 X2 has. I've been considering buying one of the Free Style skis to use on Lake Erie as that's about the only kind of slalom skiing I can see myself doing behind my X2.
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Old 07-26-2014, 12:33 PM
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I know my boat is big and there is no chance to get even a poor ski wake. So I just leave it big and try to jump wake to wake on it.
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Old 07-26-2014, 01:12 PM
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Belly tank will generally reduce the wake, often makes it harder though. We generally put 100 in lead under the front by the d ring to slalom behind v drives with pretty good success. Your results may vary.
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