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  • Introducing Eight.3 Bow and Floor Ballast Bags

    Eight.3 Bow and Floor Ballast Bags

    Last summer we had the opportunity to test out some of the new Eight.3 ballast bag options before they were available.  The general consensus from all of us was "WOW, when will these be on the market". The speed of the Eight.3 system still holds true as the fastest portable ballast solution on the market. With the recent introduction of bow and floor bags for the 2015 season, it's going to be hard not to use Eight.3 ballast.

    Eight.3 Telescope CTN Floor Ballast Bag

    Put your feet up and enjoy what is happening behind the boat with one of these water filled ottoman ballast bags. Our crew's new favorite Eight.3 category are the Telescope CTN Floor Ballast Bags. The engineers at Eight.3 measured the cabin area in the majority of V-Drive boats produced in the last 10 years and have come up with 3 different size options to accommodate them: 400lb, 650lb, and 800lb. This extra weight when centered in the mid ship area will increase the hull's displacement providing both a more dense wakeboarding wake and the best wakesurf wave possible when used in conjunction with a surf enhancing system like Malibu's Surf Gate.

    **Side Note: We used the 800lb. Floor Bag to help weight a 2014 Malibu 23 LSV for wakesurfing and it worked like a charm with no need for extra bow ballast above the factory tank.

    Eight.3 400lb. Floor Ballast Bag: 35L x 35W x 9H

    Eight.3 650lb. Floor Ballast Bag: 45L x 45L x 9H

    Eight.3 800lb. Floor Ballast Bag: 55L x 45L x 9H

    Compatibility: Eight.3 3000GPH Ballast Pump & Eight.3 3700GPH Ballast Pump

     

    Eight.3 Telescope CTN Bow Ballast Bag

    Another new and much needed option for this season are the Eight.3 Bow specific bags. Available in a 600lb triangle version and the first of it's kind 950lb trapezoid. The new Eight.3 Telescoping Bow Bags are the best option for quickly adding ballast to the front of your boat when time is of the essence. We like the smaller 650 pound bag for traditional/triangle style bows of and the 950 pound bag for trapezoid shaped pickle fork bows. Don't underestimate the importance of bow ballast when you are trying to build the optimal wake for wakeboarding or wave for wakesurfing.

    Eight.3 600lb. Telescope CTN Bow Ballast Bag: 54L x 27W x 9H

    Eight.3 950lb. Telescope CTN Bow Ballast Bag: 54L x 54W rear / 27W front x 9H

    Compatibility: Eight.3 3000GPH Ballast Pump & Eight.3 3700GPH Ballast Pump

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  • Tech Tuesday #3: Eight.3 Telescoping Ballast Bag/Pump System Explained

    Welcome to Tech Tuesday! Each week we will choose one question from a customer and post the answer on our blog. You can join in on the action by emailing your technical questions to sales@wakemakers.com with the subject: Tech Tuesday, or hit us up on social media with the hashtag #WMTechTuesday.

    Eight.3 Ballast Pump Automated System Integration

    A lot of boat owners have inquired about obtaining the amazingly fast speeds of the Eight.3 ballast system but also demand the convenience of automation. At this point in time there is no way to integrate the Eight.3 3000 GPH or Eight.3 3700 GPH pumps due to the lack of a threaded intake port.

    We are working closely with Rule to source an adapter or entirely new high capacity ballast pump specifically for this application. Another problem we will need to solve is the massive reduction in speed based on the vertical rise of the fill hose. When filling a bag the rise is around 25” but the rise from a bilge compartment intake up to the rear storage locker can be as much as 40”. The static head pressure can cause a reduction in the flow rate by up to 50%. Any gains that were obtained by the larger capacity pump and hose are quickly voided.

    How-to Fill Ronix Eight.3 Telescoping Ballast Bags

    Ronix Telescoping ballast bags fill essentially the same as any other wakeboard ballast bag and portable pump system; secure the fill hose connection from the pump to the port on the top of the bag and plug in the pump. There is a built in check valve to help eliminate water from coming out of the bag when overfilled. *Because the Eight.3 pumps are much larger and heavier than other pumps make sure to hold on to it after you throw in over the side of the boat so it doesn't sink.
    Filling Eight.3 Ballast Bags

    How to Drain the Ronix Eight.3 Telescoping Ballast Bags

    The big difference between Eight.3 and other ballast bags comes in during the draining process. The Eight.3 3700GPH Submersible Pump is over 2x faster than anything else on the market and because of this the pump is also much larger. A built in telescoping port is necessary in order to fit the 3000GPH and 3700GPH pumps.
    Draining Eight.3 Ballast Bags
    To drain the bag start by pulling the velcro top cover away from the port area. Once you have done this, pull the port as high as it will go and unzip the telescoping chamber. Once you are ready to drain the bag, drop the submersible pump into the port and plug in the cigarette lighter.

    The Eight.3 Submersible Pumps are designed to work specifically with the 400, 800, and 1100lb. Telescope CTN Bags. The unique telescoping dry chamber gives you enough space to easily drop the Submersible Pump and it eliminates priming. *When the bag is almost empty you may need to grab one side and gently lift it up to pool the remaining water to the pump side of the bag.

    Is it really that fast?

    We've also been getting this question quite a bit from customers, so we thought we would make a video to show everyone just how fast Eight.3 is. The first week we got the Eight.3 Bags in from Ronix we decided to speed test them versus a Fly High Bag and Tsunami Pump to see just how much faster it is.

    Watch the Eight.3 Ballast Bag and Pump in action against a Fly High Bag and Pump.

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