WakeMAKERS Mastercraft PiggyBack Front Factory Ballast Upgrade (1" Hose)
Interested in adding more ballast to your boat for wakeboarding or surfing, but don't want to mess with throwing pumps over the side of the boat? The WakeMAKERS Mastercraft PiggyBack Open Bow Ballast System is designed to integrate with your center factory ballast tank, be controlled using the switches on your dash, and not require any additional effort to fill and drain.
How It Works
The PiggyBack Open Bow Ballast System is designed to make use of the existing Jabsco Ballast Puppy pump, hoses and switches in your wakeboard boat, to expand the capacity of your factory ballast.
As the name implies, this Ballast System Add-On is connected inline with the overflow of the center or belly factory ballast tank, allowing it to PiggyBack on the factory system. In the factory configuration when the in-floor hard tank is full excess water is dumped overboard through the vent hose. With the PiggyBack system installed, excess water from the hard tank flows into the ballast bag, allowing it to fill after the factory tank is full. Once the new bag is full (which means the factory tank is full), excess water will flow out of the overflow of the bag, and through the factory thru-hull fittings, allowing the system to function exactly the same as the stock ballast setup, but with the additional capacity of the 650lb. ballast bag.
Draining is exactly the opposite; as the factory drain pump remove water from the tank, gravity forces water out of the ballast bag and into the hard tank until both ballast bag and tank are empty.
One simple and completely reversible change is required to install the PiggyBack system, and the entire process takes less than 20 minutes.
- 2003-2011 XStar
- 2006-2011 X2, X15, X10, X30, X45, X80
- 2009-2011 X14V, X55
- 2010-2011 X25
- 2012 Requires firmware update
- 2013-2014 X2, X10, X14V, X15, X25, X30, X35, X45, X55, XStar
Great system, difficulty is only with access between electrical wiring in MC X2
1x unscrewing 2x screwing That's it. You'll spend most your time in gaining access to the MC X2 overflow hose, but the piggyback system and instructions are complete and simple to apply/install!
I just got back from my Honeymoon and the boat comes out of storage today! Haven't used the ballast yet but the customer service and quick shipping was by far the best I've seen in a long time (and I order online a lot). I will be a repeat customer!
Easiest install ever
Installed this kit on my 2010 X-15 on the portside only for surfing. Simple install took less than 30 mins. All parts needed and even some extra were included. Thanks wakemakers for all your help!!!
Great Product and great service
I have a 2003 Mastercraft X2 and this bow ballast upgrade works great. Real easy to install, great instructions provided that took me step by step. I just used it for the first time last weekend and everything worked as planned. Filled and drained real easy and gave me the best surfing wave I have seen.