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