Posted by Spencer on Feb, 15 2013

If you purchase a 2013-2014 Malibu or Axis that has a built date later than January 1st. 2013 it will have the most up to date Hi Flo PNP (Plug N’ Play) system. The system is very simple and with the new Malibu/Axis hard tank design also a lot more efficient.

How it works:
The fill line from the pump runs up into a 1-1/8″ hose barbed wye. One hose continues down into the hard tank and the other runs into the rear compartment. The PNP hose that runs into the compartment is connected to a plastic valve. This valve can be closed if you only want to fill the stock ballast system and not the auxiliary system. The fitting Malibu and Axis use in the end of the hose is lame. It is an 1-1/8″ hose barb with a 3/4″ male thread that is capped off. I would tell everyone to get rid of it for a W743 and W746 combination quick connect.


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The bag does not have a vent on top so air can get trapped without anywhere to go which might decrease the overall capacity. Once the bag does reach it’s capacity, water will overflow down into the hard tank. Speaking of the drain port… There are two new ports in the top of the hard tank for the bag to gravity drain into. One short section of hose runs from the front of the compartment to the bottom of the bag and another short section of hose runs from the rear of the compartment into a second port on the back side of the bag. (Bags used with the Hi Flo Malibu Plug and Play need drain ports on both sides). The bag will drain better but the system will still rely on gravity which has always been the complaint of the WakeMakers Malibu Piggy Back Upgrade.

In a nut shell the system is good (not great) and inexpensive which is hard to say for any Malibu product these days. Looks to me like any of the new 2013 Straight Line Ballast bags will work on the latest generation of Malibu Plug and Play as long as you use an elbow quick connect fitting (Fly High W746) on the top. When the bag fills to capacity you don’t want that hose to get kinked. Fly High also offers a line of 2013 Plug N Play bags with the required additional ports for draining.

Axis Plug and Play Ballast Bag Fitment Guide:

Axis Boat Model Rear Locker Bag Bow Storage Bag
2014+ A24 Fly High 1100 EXV Fly High A24 Bow Sac
2013-2014 A22 Fly High 750 EXV Fly High Axis Bow Sac
2013-2014 A20 Fly High 750 EXV Fly High Axis Bow Sac
2014 T22 Fly High 750 EXV Fly High Axis Triangle Bow Sac

Malibu Plug and Play Ballast Bag Fitment Guide:

Malibu Year / Model Rear Locker Bag (Best Fit) Rear Locker Bag (Conformed Fit)
2013-2014 Wakesetter VTX Fly High 750 EXV Fly High 1100 EXV
2013-2014 Wakesetter 20 MXZ Fly High Malibu 550 Fly High 750 EXV
2013-2014 Wakesetter VLX Fly High 750 EXV Fly High 750 EXV
2013-2014 Wakesetter 22 MXZ Fly High Malibu 550 Fly High 1100 EXV
2013 Wakesetter 23 LSV Fly High 750 EXV Fly High 1100 EXV
2014 Wakesetter 23 LSV Fly High Malibu 550 Fly High 1100 EXV
2013-2014 Wakesetter 247 LSV Fly High Malibu 550 Fly High 1100 EXV
2013-2014 Wakesetter 24 MXZ Fly High Malibu 550 Fly High 1100 EXV
2013-2014 vRide 21 Fly High 750 EXV Fly High 1100 EXV
2013-2014 vRide 23 Fly High 750 EXV Fly High 1100 EXV



2013+ Malibu Plug and Play Compatible Ballast Bags:

Straight Line Sumo V Sac (600 lbs)
Straight Line Sumo V Sac (750 lbs)
Straight Line Sumo V-Surf Sac (900 lbs)
Fly High Malibu Plug And Play 550 Rear Sac (2013+)
Fly High 750 EXV Rear Sac
Fly High 1100 EXV Rear Sac
 

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4 Responses to “2013 Malibu HI FLO Plug N Play Ballast System Explained (UPDATED)”

  1. Mark Johnson says:

    There are some 2013 Malibu Boats with PNP manufactured pre December 2012. The set up is a little different for PNP than what you show. You should show this on your website for those of us trying to figure out what to order to install the additional Ballast. Great Website and products.

    • Jason says:

      Hi Mark-

      Thanks for your comment. We’re aware of the different versions of the system Malibu has installed thus-far (there are actually three variations). As far as we know the most recent version detailed here is what we expect them to stick with, and the number of boats that were delivered with the previous versions is relatively low, so that’s why we’re only showing the newest version.

      We’ve done installs on all three though, so please contact us and we’ll be happy to help you out.

  2. Chris says:

    My Australian delivered 2014 Axis A20 does not look like this.T rear tanks have 2 white blanking plugs. There are separate fill and overflow lines but no wye connectors. I have your rear sacks and nose kits but other connectors and hoses are required. Plus a couple of pumps for the bow sack.

    • Spencer says:

      It sounds like your Axis boat did not come with the factory plug and play option installed from the factory. Did you pay for the option? If not we will need to send you a kit with all of the fittings and adapters needed to equip the boat.

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