Replacing Cracked Factory Tanks with Ballast Bags

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Replacing Damaged Stock Tanks with Ballast Bags

Let's be honest: boats are complex machines that require maintenance and upkeep. Add your beloved ballast system to the mix and there's a lot of literal moving parts to keep performing at optimal levels so you can have fun all season. Many wakeboats come equipped with factory-installed ballast tanks designed to hold water to add weight to the boat, improving the wake for watersports. However, these tanks can sometimes become cracked or damaged over time, which can lead to leaks and poor performance. In this article, we will explore the benefits of replacing worn and cracked factory tanks with a ballast bag in your boat.

The problem with worn out, cracked factory tanks

Factory-installed ballast tanks are designed to be durable and long-lasting, but they are not immune to wear and tear. Over time, the tanks can wear out, become damaged and develop cracks, which can lead the inability to create the wake that makes your boat so enjoyable to ride behind. Repairing or replacing a cracked ballast tank can be a time-consuming and expensive process, which can be a significant inconvenience for boat owners looking to relax and enjoy the season.

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Benefits of using ballast bags

One alternative to factory-installed ballast tanks is the use of ballast bags. Ballast bags are designed specifically to be filled with water and placed strategically throughout the boat to add weight and improve the wake. There are many benefits to using ballast bags over replacement factory tanks, including flexibility, ease of installation and removal, and oftentimes a lower cost.

Flexibility in ballast placement and weight distribution

One of the biggest advantages of using ballast bags is flexibility in terms of placement and weight distribution. Unlike factory-installed tanks, which are fixed in place and have a limited weight capacity, ballast bags can be placed anywhere in the boat to achieve the desired weight distribution. This allows you to fine-tune the boat's wake, handling, and performance to suit your specific needs and preferences.

Ease of installation and removal

Another significant advantage of using ballast bags is their ease of installation and removal. Unlike factory tanks, which require professional installation and can be difficult to remove, ballast bags can be installed and removed by the boat owner with relative ease. This means you can easily add bags throughout your boat in order to adjust your wake to your personal preferences.

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Lower cost compared to factory tanks

Perhaps the most significant advantage of using ballast bags over factory-installed tanks is the lower cost. Factory tanks can be expensive to repair or replace, and the process can be time-consuming and inconvenient. Ballast bags, on the other hand, are relatively inexpensive and easy to replace if they become damaged or worn out. 

Ability to adjust ballast weight for different conditions

Finally, ballast bags offer boat owners the ability to adjust how much water is added to their boats based on your activity of choice, number of people in the boat, storage needs, water/weather conditions, and so on. Just out with the family for a fun surf session? Fill 'em up. Got a boat load of friends and need some extra storage? No problem - add as much water as needed for a good time.

Types of ballast bags

At WakeMAKERS, we offer several types of ballast bags, all made with our highest standards right here in the US.

  • UniversalFIT bags that are common sizes to fit most boat lockers
  • ExactFIT bags that are specifically designed for a boat YMM to fit perfectly
  • CustomFIT bags for individuals looking to get a bag that fits specific dimensions for their needs.
  • DirectFIT bags based on dimensions provided to us from specific sources (manufacturer, dealer, etc.)


Installing your replacement ballast bags is a relatively quick day project that can be done with a few tools you have at home and our handy installation guide that comes with your order. 

In conclusion, replacing worn out or cracked factory tanks with ballast bags offers several benefits, including increased flexibility, better weight distribution, and maximized capacity. Ballast bags are also easier to install and can be customized to fit any boat locker size or configuration. While there may be some initial costs associated with making the switch, the long-term benefits make it a worthwhile investment for anyone looking to have the most fun out on the water.

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