Posted by Spencer on Feb, 15 2013

If you purchase a US manufactured 2013-2015 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 older generation 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 Year / Model Rear Locker Bag Bow Storage Bag
2014-2015 A24 Straight Line Sumo 900 Bag Straight Line Sumo 750 Bow Bag
2014-2015 T22 Straight Line Sumo 900 Bag Straight Line Sumo Triangle Open Bow Sac
2015 A22 Straight Line Sumo 900 Bag Straight Line Sumo 750 Bow Bag
2013-2014 A22 Straight Line Sumo 750 Bag Straight Line Sumo Axis Bow Bag
2013-2015 A20 Straight Line Sumo 750 Bag Straight Line Sumo Axis Bow Bag

Malibu Plug and Play Ballast Bag Fitment Guide:

Malibu Year / Model Rear Locker Bag (Best Fit) Rear Locker Bag (Conformed Fit)
2013-2015 Wakesetter VTX Eight.3 Malibu 550 PnP Bag Straight Line Sumo 750 Bag
2013-2015 Wakesetter 20 MXZ Eight.3 Malibu 550 PnP Bag Straight Line Sumo 750 Bag
2013-2014 Wakesetter VLX Eight.3 Malibu 550 PnP Bag Straight Line Sumo 900 Bag
2015 Wakesetter 22 VLX Eight.3 Malibu 550 PnP Bag Straight Line Sumo 900 Bag
2013-2015 Wakesetter 22 MXZ Eight.3 Malibu 550 PnP Bag Straight Line Sumo 900 Bag
2013 Wakesetter 23 LSV Eight.3 Malibu 550 PnP Bag Straight Line Sumo 900 Bag
2014-2015 Wakesetter 23 LSV Eight.3 Malibu 550 PnP Bag Straight Line Sumo 900 Bag
2013-2015 Wakesetter 247 LSV Eight.3 Malibu 550 PnP Bag Straight Line Sumo 900 Bag
2013-2015 Wakesetter 24 MXZ Eight.3 Malibu 550 PnP Bag Straight Line Sumo 900 Bag
2013-2015 vRide 21 Eight.3 Malibu 550 PnP Bag Straight Line Sumo 750 Bag
2013-2015 vRide 23 Eight.3 Malibu 550 PnP Bag Straight Line Sumo 900 Bag

 

2013+ Malibu Plug and Play Compatible Ballast Bags:

Eight.3 Malibu 550 Plug and Play Bag
Straight Line Sumo V Sac (600 lbs)
Straight Line Sumo V Sac (750 lbs)
Straight Line Sumo V-Surf Sac (900 lbs)

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4 Responses to “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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