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Front ballast tank for front of 247


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Looking to find who sells a front ballast tank for a 247. Not sure if Malibu sells them or are the purchased from a different manufacturer.

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Looking to find who sells a front ballast tank for a 247. Not sure if Malibu sells them or are the purchased from a different manufacturer.

Mike,

You will have to source this through a dealer most likely. I got mine from a mid west dealer a few years ago (although Boat Country said it wasn't possible to buy one). There is a thread on here that shows the "how to" including a parts list to install a front tank. It was pretty simple and straight forward and if you would like to see how mine went in, just let me know. I would check with Bakes Marine for the tank. I got the rest of the install parts from Bakes as well.

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Actually how much advantage was adding the front bow tank? Some are saying that adding more, such as fat sacks, to the back will make a much larger wake for surfing. Any pro/cons for adding a bow tanks?

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Actually how much advantage was adding the front bow tank? Some are saying that adding more, such as fat sacks, to the back will make a much larger wake for surfing. Any pro/cons for adding a bow tanks?

You definitely need some weight up front. I noticed a big difference in the wake when I added the bow ballast. I also run one or two 750 fat sacs when surfing depending on the crew aboard. The bow weight makes the wake a bit longer too. and I believe makes the boat ride a bit smoother.

We never took out the center cushion so I saw no pro/con to losing the walk thru, although you do lose some storage space up front. The biggest con to adding the bow tank is finding the nerve to drill two holes in the side of your boat.

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How about the hole in the bottom? Or did you use the hole where the T handle is?

I just utilized the T handle hole. I rarely removed it anyway, so I just installed the new pump there. The good news is all the wiring is in place, the pump wiring is in the access hole with the T handle, the drain pump wiring is under the dash as well as all the wires for the switch. Search for the article by liljohn on here titled bow ballast upgrade. He documented the process perfectly including a list of needed parts. I followed his directions and it only took a couple of hours.

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Thanks KB3, this is exactly something I am considering. Probably a project for the winter, but who knows with me.

Here is the thread by Liljohn:

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