Boost your boat’s wave-mak­ing abil­ity with a bal­last sys­tem.

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Not all boats can gen­er­ate the sizes and shapes of waves that wake­board­ers and surfers who en­joy their re­spec­tive sports need. In­stalling a bal­last sys­tem with a re­versible pump can change that, let­ting you pump in wa­ter to add ex­tra weight when and where you need it to add dis­place­ment and boost the wave-mak­ing abil­ity of your boat. These sys­tems then let you pump out the wa­ter to empty the bag when the wa­ter­sports are done. Com­pa­nies such as WakeMak­ers sim­plify the ad­di­tion of a bal­last sys­tem for wa­ter­sports by sup­ply­ing the parts and tech­ni­cal guid­ance for DIYers. You need to put the boat on a trailer for this project. Take time be­fore to plan the lo­ca­tion for the el­e­ments of the sys­tem such as the bal­last bag it­self to make sure all will fit as planned. Here are the key steps to in­stalling WakeMak­ers’ Com­plete Bal­last Sys­tem kit, with a sin­gle bag and pump timer to ease the fill and drain process. —Jim Hen­dricks

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