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jixim
04-30-2013, 01:49 AM
it looks like it's ballast upgrade season, with so many posts.
I thought i'd share my experience, since I was a bit scared to do it, but everything well.

i picked up the kit from wakermakers.com (http://www.wakemakers.com/supra-moomba-ballast-system-upgrade.html) and watched carefully the video on how to drill thru the hull:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8oprSN59A8&list=UUmffr_oSUYh29soqI_CEimQ&index=4

thru hull fittings location:
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8535/8694094519_c4b61a2e04_z_d.jpg

Pump location: the middle pump is higher than 2 others to allow for room for the hoses.
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8400/8694094427_736203fdde_z_d.jpg

I installed a Y valve to control filling the center/front ballast and the 400 bag under the seat (on the left side, mostly regular surfers on my boat)
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8257/8694094201_43b834f8bb_z_d.jpg
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8534/8695214408_2ce3c231dc_z_d.jpg
I didn't change the 3/4 hose going to the center/front bag that was too much work... but i did add a vent at the front of the bag, hooked to original drain.

I found it very useful to use a pvc pipe cutter like this http://www.homedepot.com/p/t/202351847?storeId=10051&langId=-1&catalogId=10053&productId=202351847&R=202351847#.UX9IhN7n_IU to cut the hoses.

the 750 bags now fill up in about 5-6 minutes, which is about 1/3 of the time than before.
that was a very fun project!
It's really worth it, i don't regret at all.

Full result in pictures on flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jixim/sets/72157633369161373/

bergermaister
04-30-2013, 03:10 AM
Nice work! You'll definitely enjoy the fruits of your labor this season - which by the way our weather forecasts have been looking lately may come early!

kaneboats
04-30-2013, 09:38 AM
Very nice! This is going to make for a better summer. More water time.