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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.

    Filling

    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.

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    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.

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

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    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.

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    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.

    Draining

    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.

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

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

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    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.

     

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    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.

  • New Arrival: Fly High Pro X Series Fat Sac EXV and Fly High Pro X Series Jumbo Sac EXV

    New for Spring 2013, Fly High and WakeMAKERS have teamed up to redesign the classic 750lb. Fat Sac and 1100lb. Jumbo Surf Sac in order to make system integrations as easy as possible. By adding a drain port to either end of the regular ballast bag, both the Malibu and Axis Plug and Play systems are now easily compatible at a fair price. This new feature also allows the use of the Elevate X-Link Ballast Transfer System as an extra bottom drain port is necessary for the installation.

    If you have questions about the NEW Fly High Dual Drain Port bags and whether or not it is applicable for your situation, contact us.

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  • Will Asher Surfs His 2010 Malibu LXi

    No one explained to Will Asher that he needed to have a V Drive boat to wakesurf. Well do you? Mr. Asher recently loaded up his new Malibu LXi with a couple of friends and the wake was definitely surfable. Consider this, there isn't any stock ballast nor is he using the Malibu wedge. By looking at the picture above we are guesstimating there is around 1000 lbs. of displacement. With the correct distribution of weight, the wake could be much better.

    One question we often receive at Wakemakers is... "How much weight do I need to surf behind my direct drive water ski boat?" The answer is eight friends, but those friends aren't always available. They can easily be replaced with a ballast bag, four to seven minutes of your time and $230 to $300.00.

    There are a couple things to consider when weighting a direct drive ski boat. Most importantly determine how to best use the limited seating space available as you don't want a visit from your local authorities when passengers are not sitting inside the boat. Keep in mind that you will want to seat everyone on the surf side of the boat and don't be afraid to send passengers to the bow. As you distribute weight towards the bow, the sweet spot of the wake will get longer and will allow the rider to surf further away from the back of the boat.

    We suggest placing the ballast sac next to the engine compartment as far back as possible on the surfing side. The optimal sacs for this location are the Fly High V-Drive Surf Sac (450 lbs.), the Fly High Fat Sac (750 lbs.), the Fly High Jumbo Surf Sac (1100 lbs.), or the Fly High Ultimate Wake Surf Sac (1000 lbs.). Remember that your ballast bag doesn't need to be completely full. Choose a bag with the most weight you would ever need. You can always remove weight but there will be a limit to the amount that can be added.

    When you find the perfect Fly High Ballast Bag don't forget to grab the Fly High Tsunami Ballast Pump. With it's quick connect  fitting system and unmatched flow rate of 150 lbs. of water per minute, you’ll be riding faster than ever before.

  • Fly High Part Number Reference Chart

    FLY HIGH PRO X SERIES PART NUMBERS:

    W707 PRO X SERIES FAT SAC -- 20 X 20 X 50 -- 750 LBS
    149.99
    W701 PRO X SERIES V-DRIVE SAC (SET) -- 16 X 16 X 42 -- 400 LBS
    229.99
    W702 PRO X SERIES FAT BRICK -- 16 X 16 X 16 -- 155 LBS
    129.99
    W703 PRO X SERIES SIDE SAC (SET) -- 12 X 12 X 48 -- 260 LBS EACH 189.99
    W704 PRO X SERIES TUBE SAC -- 10 X 16 X 62 -- 370 LBS 129.99
    W705 PRO X SERIES REAR SEAT BOTTOM -- 12 X 26 X 62 -- 650 LBS 169.99
    W706 PRO X SERIES OPEN BOW TRIANGLE -- FITS IN OPEN BOW -- 1200 LBS 179.99
    W708 PRO X SERIES NAUTIQUE WEDGE SAC (SET) -- 400 LBS EACH 199.99
    W710 PRO X SERIES FAT SEAT -- INBOARD REAR SEAT -- 1500 LBS
    279.99
    W711 PRO X SERIES INTEGRATED BOW SAC -- 650 LBS 269.99
    W713 PRO X SERIES V-DRIVE WAKE SURF SAC -- 400 LBS 139.99
    W718 PRO X SERIES INBOARD DIRECT DRIVE SURF SAC -- 20 X 20 X 60 -- 1000 LBS 369.99

    558031 MASTERCRAFT X-STAR ADDITIONAL BALLAST SYSTEM -- 2500 LBS 1250.00
    W715 MASTERCRAFT X-STAR ADDITIONAL BALLAST SACS -- FITTINGS NOT INCLUDED -- 2500 LBS 599.99
    W752 MASTERCRAFT X-STAR BOW WALK-THROUGH FAT SAC -- FITTINGS NOT INCLUDED -- 450 LBS 209.99
    558032 MASTERCRAFT X-2 ADDITIONAL BALLAST SYSTEM -- 1600 LBS 1250.00
    W717 MASTERCRAFT X-2 INTEGRATED BOW SAC -- FITTINGS NOT INCLUDED -- 690 LBS 330.00
    W714 18 X 20 X 32 MASTERCRAFT X-2 REAR SAC -- FITTINGS NOT INCLUDED -- 455 LBS 189.99
    W841 19 X 19 X 42 REAR GRAVITY GAMES SAC -- FITTINGS NOT INCLUDED -- 565 LBS 209.99
    W842 19 X 19 X 88 CENTER GRAVITY GAMES SAC -- FITTINGS NOT INCLUDED -- 1180 LBS 329.99
    W712 FLY HIGH ENZO FAT SAC -- FITTINGS NOT INCLUDED -- 1450 LBS 489.99
    W760 SUPER AIR NAUTIQUE ADDITIONAL FAT SAC BALLAST SYSTEM -- 1600 LBS 699.99
    W709 PRO X SERIES TSUNAMI PUMP -- T1200 GPH 99.99
    W610-P JABSCO METAL BALLAST PUPPY PUMP PART #: 18220-1127 239.99
    558031-CS MASTERCRAFT NAUTIQUE JABSCO CONTROL SYSTEM 100.00
    W730 FEMALE QUICK CONNECT W/CHAIN & CAP — SAC VALVE THREADS 12.99
    W739 QUICK CONNECT CAP 5.99
    W731 WALLY PLUG — SAC VALVE THREADS 4.99
    W732 FEMALE GHT — MALE QUICK CONNECT 5.99
    W733* 1” BARBED END — SAC VALVE THREADS -- Should use all-purpose pvc cement 6.99
    W734 MALE QUICK CONNECT — TSUNAMI PUMP THREAD 6.99
    W735 FEMALE QUICK CONNECT — BLUE PERFECT UNION BED VALVE FITTING 9.99
    W736* 3/4” QUICK CONNECT — SAC VALVE THREADS -- Should use all-purpose pvc cement 6.99
    W737* 3/4” BARBED END — SAC VALVE THREADS -- Should use all-purpose pvc cement 5.99
    W738 MALE QUICK CONNECT — 1 1/8” BARBED TSUNAMI PUMP HOSE END 5.99
    W740* FLOW-RITE 3/4” STRAIGHT QUICK CONNECT SOCKET 4.00
    W741* FLOW-RITE 1” STRAIGHT QUICK CONNECT SOCKET 4.50
    W742* FLOW-RITE 3/4” ELBOW QUICK CONNECT SOCKET 4.00
    W746* FLOW-RITE 1” ELBOW QUICK CONNECT SOCKET 7.00
    W743* 1” QUICK CONNECT — SAC VALVE THREADS -- Should use all-purpose pvc cement 6.50
    W744 PRO X SERIES CHECK VALVE 29.99
    W745 3/4" BARBED TSUNAMI PUMP FITTING 6.50
    W747 SAC VALVE THREAD FOR TSUNAMI PUMP -- Should use all-purpose pvc cement 6.50
  • Save Big On Wakeboard Ballast For A Limited Time!

    On Sale Wakeboard Ballast
    How does saving over $100 on a Fly High Pro X Series ballast bag sound? We just received a shipment of factory 2nd ballast bags and pumps direct from Fly High and we're discounting them big to make your winter project budget stretch just a little further.

    Included in the savings are some Fat Sacs, V-Drive Sacs, Rear Seat Sacs, and even some Inboard Surf Sacs and an Enzo Sac (there's only one of those, so get on it).  We've also got a whole slew of Tsunami Ballast Pumps that are deeply discounted.  These savings are first come-first served, so head over and take a look if you're up for getting double the ballast for your dollar.

    If you have any questions about what ballast might be best in your boat, feel free to contact us.

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  • Reversible Pump Automated Ballast System Design

    This seems to be a popular topic lately, both on the forums, and for our ballast experts on the phone, so we figured it would be beneficial to write a full guide on how to design a ballast system around a reversible impeller style ballast pump. As usual, there are multiple ways to accomplish the same goals, so this shouldn't be taken as the definitive guide on ballast system installations, but rather a recommendation on how to install a fully functional system that operates correctly based on our years of experience. Feel free to deviate from these plans where you see fit, or contact us if you any questions.

    With that out of the way, let's move on to the good stuff!

    The Basics
    Impeller style pumps (like Jabsco's Ballast Puppy) are unique because they can pump water in both directions, which means you can use one pump to both fill and drain the same ballast bag(s). Additionally, impeller type pumps act as a check valve when not running, preventing the flow of water into or out of the bag which simplifies the design of the system.

    Design and Layout
    In general, all ballast systems that make use of reversible pumps will have the following principles in common, although the specifics may vary from one installation to another depending on the applicable goals or constraints.

    The system design we've outlined in this article does use one check valve fitting which allows the water being pumped out of the bag when draining to exit the boat above the water line. This is a popular option for many people because it results in a visual and audible indication of when the bag is draining, and when it's empty. Alternatively, removing the check valve, wye fitting and attached thru-hull vent will result in a simpler and cheaper system that fills and drains through the thru-hull intake fitting.

    Water Source
    Regardless of the specifics of the system, you will need to find a source of raw water to use to fill. This can be a dedicated intake fitting installed specifically for the ballast system, or can make use of an existing drain plug fitting in the bilge using our available brass integration fittings. We DO NOT recommend using the engine's raw water intake as the source of water for your ballast system. The risk of damage to the engine is not worth the small amount of convenience during the installation.

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    Pump
    There are currently two manufacturers producing then type of reversible pump used in this ballast system. They are the Jabsco Ballast Puppy and Johnson Ultra Ballast both of which are very high quality pumps that are used by Mastercraft, Nautique, Supra, Moomba, Centurion and others in their factory ballast system.

    Plumbing
    The specifics of your installation will depend on your particular boat, but the basics outlined here are generic regardless of the boat. Based on the capacity of these reversible pumps, we advice using 1" connections throughout the system to maximize capacity. Both Jabsco and Johnson pumps also accept 1" hose connections natively with out any additional fittings or adapters necessary, which is nice.

    Immediately after the thru-hull intake fitting install a full-port Bronze Ball-valve as an emergency shut-off point to allow you to immediately stop the flow of water into the boat if something goes wrong.

    If you choose to implement a system that drains above the water line, next install a check valve fitting to prevent water from draining back through the intake.

    Next is Wye fitting to redirect the flow of water out the thru-hull vent fitting when draining.

    Then comes the pump, and finally you can make your connection to the bag. Because reversible pumps fill and drain through the same bag connection, you only need two connections to the bag, one for filling and draining, and one for venting. We recommend using Fly High's Flow-Rite Quick Release Connector system for all bag connections so that you can quickly and easily remove the ballast bags for cleaning, winterization or storage.

    Both the drain and vent hoses are terminated with thru-hull vent fittings that match the factory style.

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    Here is a summary of the parts used in this single bag system, along with an approximate cost for a system of this type. Obviously the total cost will depend on which bag you choose, whether or not you implement the above water line drain, and a host of other factors. If the cost is of concern to you, contact us and we can help you locate ways to save some money.

    Qty SKU Product
    Cost
    Total Cost
    1 w707 Fly High Fat Sac
    $149.99
    $149.99
    1 w610-p Reversible Ballast Pump
    $239.99
    $239.99
    1 STH750W 3/4" Thru-Hull Intake
    $25.99
    $25.99
    1 IBV750 3/4" Brass Ball Valve
    $18.99
    $18.99
    2 LV1219 3/4" Check Valve
    $18.99
    $37.98
    1 18231 3/4" Hose Barb Wye Fitting
    $4.99
    $4.99
    2 w736 Fly High W736 3/4" Quick Release Connect
    $6.99
    $13.98
    1 w740 Fly High W740 3/4" Straight Quick Release Connector
    $4.00
    $4.00
    1 w742 Fly High W742 3/4" Elbow Quick Release Connect
    $4.00
    $4.00
    2 18151 3/4" Thru-hull Drain Fitting
    $4.35
    $8.70
    30 malibu-hose 3/4" Ballast Hose
    $1.69
    $50.70
    Total:
    $540.32

    Hopefully you found this article informative, and it helped to answer some of your questions regarding wakeboard ballast systems using reversible pumps. If you have any other questions, or would like help designing a system to meet our specific needs, please contact one of our ballast experts and we would be glad to assist.

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