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Wakeboard Ballast Pump Basics

Read on to learn more about ballast pumps, and which type is best for your wakeboard ballast system.

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Go Portland TrailBlazers!

As you may (or may not) know, we're located in Portland, OR, home of great coffee, fixed gear bikes, and most importantly, the Portland Trailblazers. Growing up in Oregon, the Dream Team was a part of our childhood, so after some rough years, and suffering through the Jail Blazers, it's great to finally have a team to be proud of.

Game 3 is coming up tomorrow night in Houston, and you can be sure we'll be tuning in.

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We're Ready For Spring, Are You?

caption="Gear Up For Summer, Warm Weather and Flat Water Will Be Here Soon!"
The weather is warming up, and that means it's time to start thinking about getting the boat out again and enjoying time on the water with family and friends. If you've been contemplating adding ballast to your wakeboard boat for the last couple of seasons, it's time to revisit those plans so you can be ready to hit the water. We're getting ready for longer days by making sure we have all of our products in stock and ready to ship out to you, so send an email or give us a call at (888) 338-6085 to get your wakeboard ballast questions answered. Shop For Wakeboard Ballast ProductsRead More

Mastercraft X-Star Gets Wedged?

We came across this picture on TMCOwners.com and figured it was worth sharing with our customers as some evidence of what some people will do to get a better wake out of their boat. Clearly not everyone is interested or willing to go to that much trouble, which is why we offer the best wakeboard ballast products and solutions available. So if you don't want to design and engineer a replacement Wedge for your boat, may we suggest some new ballast instead? Shop For Wakeboard BallastRead More

Pre-'09 Moomba Factory Ballast System Upgrade Information

Read this article fo a summary of how the factory ballast system on a 2002-2008 Moomba boat is setup from the factory so you understand what the options are to improve it.Read More

WakeMAKERS.com PiggyBack System Voluntary Upgrade

We are continually refining our products in order to offer the best wakeboard ballast solutions available. As a result, we have issued an update to our PiggyBack OEM ballast integration system. We are offering this improvement as a free upgrade to existing customers experiencing issues with their current PiggyBack Systems. What This Means For You? We have updated our PiggyBack integration to improve compatibility with some Malibu models. If you purchased a system on or before May 20, 2009 and you are currently experiencing performance issues, you are eligible for a free upgrade. If your system is performing correctly, there is no need to upgrade! What You Need To Do? Email us with your original order number (can be obtained by logging into your account on our site if you no longer have the confirmation email or packing slip), along with the address you would like the updated PiggyBack parts and instructions delivered to. We will process your upgrade, and notify you when your new kit has shipped. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.Read More

Stop Unwanted Filling And Draining With A Vented Loop

Whether you're designing a new ballast system, or trying to upgrade your existing system to fill and drain faster, one common question is how best to design the system so it is as uncomplicated (and also inexpensive) as possible. One of the tools that we use when helping people design a custom ballast system is a product called a vented loop. As shown above, a vented loop is a "U" shaped plastic fitting that is installed in series with the fill pump when using aerator pumps. During filling, the vented loop is invisible, functioning as a section of hose without any limitations. The beauty of the vented loop only comes into play when the the fill pump is turned off, which means there are no drawbacks to implementing its use. When water is not being forced through the fill hose, air (but not water) is allowed to pass through a vent at the top of the loop, which allows the column of water from the vented loop to the fill pump to drain down to the level of the pump. It is this column of air (typically at least two feet long) that prevents water from siphoning into, or out of the ballast bag when the pump is not running. Many people are under the impression that water is forced past the fill pump due to the boat running at speed, but it's not possible to develop that much pressure, and it actually just the siphoning process that allows the bag to fill or drain. The vented loop solves that problem by creating a break in the column of water running from the pump to the bag, so siphoning is not possible. To function correctly, the vented loop needs to be installed close to the ballast bag in question, and as high above the water line as possible. For forward ballast bags, the typical installation location is under the driver's dash up near the windshield. In the back of the boat, up under the gunnel, whether in direct drive or v-drive boats, is typically the best location. If you have any other questions about the vented loop in particular, or ballast systems in general, please feel free to contact us. Shop for Vented Loops »Read More

Cheaper Shipping Options For Canadian Customers

We've been asking ourselves why it's so expensive to ship a product to our friend's north of the border, when we can ship the same product twice as far to a customer in Florida for half as much. Well, today we're happy to announce new USPS Priority International service for most shipments to Canada. The advantages of USPS package delivery are two fold:
  • First, the service costs less than a comparable shipment from UPS.
  • Second, with USPS, there are no additional brokerage fees associated with the delivery of the package.
To take advantage of USPS shipping on your orders, simply add products to your shopping cart, and select the USPS Priority International shipping method. If you have any questions, or would like assistance placing your order, please feel free to contact us.Read More

Go Fourth And Improve Your Wake For the Fourth of July

There's still time to get the wake you've always wanted for the long holiday weekend, so give us a call to place your order or start shopping online. We have most products in stock and available for overnight delivery. Have a safe and happy 4th of July, hopefully you find some smooth water to enjoy. Shop For Wakeboard Ballast>Read More

Introducing Launch Pad Ballast Bags and Ballast Fittings

WakeMAKERS is now offering the complete line of Straight Line wakeboard ballast products. These high quality ballast bags, pumps and fittings offer a wide array of choices for adding additional ballast to your boat. Check out our product offering for more information, and let us know If you have any questions about Straight Line ballast bag solutions.Read More