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  • Tech Tuesday #7: How to Fill and Drain Ballast Bags with the Elevate Turbo Pump

    How do I fill and drain my ballast bags with the Elevate Turbo Ballast Pump?

    We hear this question quite a bit from our customers and on the boating forums. If you are new to portable ballast systems or boating in general this guide should help you properly use your new ballast. This guide is focused on learning how to use the Elevate Turbo Ballast Pump with Fly High Ballast Bags.

    About the Elevate Turbo Ballast Pump: The Elevate Pump is made with the Attwood Tsunami 1200GPH pump and 10' of premium 1-1/8" hose that will not kink. Even though the Fly High Tsunami Pump uses the same Attwood 1200GPH pump the fill and drain times are slower than the Elevate Pump because it has a tendency to kink up when you throw the pump over the side of your boat. The extra $10 you will spend on the Elevate Turbo Ballast Pump will more than make up for itself with faster fill times and a better overall experience on the water.

    About Fly High Ballast Bags: Fly High has a wide variety of  bag sizes making them a great fit for almost any wakeboard boat. All of Fly High's fat sacs and ballast bags are built in the USA from a extremely durable Valmex material. Ballast Bags are great for helping build the perfect wake for wakesurfing or wakeboarding.


    When you are ready to fill up your ballast bags for wakeboarding or wakesurfing follow these steps.

    Step 1. Screw the Fly High Quick Twist Sac Thread Adapter W730 into the top port and unscrew the top cap. Twist the Fly High Air Release Bag Plug W749 in the central top port until it is secure.


    Step 2. Plug the fill connection at the end of the Elevate Hose into the Fly High Quick Twist Adapter. Make sure that the connection is securely locked in.


    Step 3. Take the Attwood Tsunami Pump, place it over the side of your boat and drop it in the water.


    Step 4. Grab the extension cord and plug the cigarette adapter into the cigarette lighter in your boat. *Caution: the pump will start running when you plug it in.


    Step 5. Once the bag is almost full you may want to "burp" any excess air out by loosening the Air Release Bag Plug. This will save you from spilling a bunch of water into your boat and it lets out the excess air, so you can get the maximum amount of water weight inside your ballast bags.


    When you are ready to empty your ballast bags follow these steps to quickly and easily drain them.

    Step 1. Remove the Fly High Quick Twist Top Cap and lock in the Elevate Ballast Pump.


    Step 2. Take the 1-1/8" ballast hose and gently place it over the side of your boat.


    Step 3. Once you are ready to start emptying the sacs you can plug the cigarette adapter into the cigarette lighter.


    Step 4. When the bag is finished draining, remove the Elevate Turbo Pump and hold it up in the air to drain any remaining water that may be in the hose.


    Elevate Turbo Ballast Pump Buy Fly High Fat Sacs
    Elevate Turbo Ballast Pump $109.99

    Fly High Fat Sacs $119.99+

    Why is the Elevate Pump better than the Fly High Tsunami Pump?

    The Elevate Turbo Pump uses the same Attwood Tsunami ballast pump as the Fly High Tsunami Ballast Pump. The main difference between the two is the Elevate pumps kink-free hose design that maximizes water flow, so kinking is no longer an issue when you throw the pump over the side of your boat. The higher quality hose material will last longer and fill faster than the Fly High Tsunami Pump. Long gone are the days of un-kinking and re-adjusting your hose to fill and drain ballast.

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