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13 VLX Gunwale ballast install/Big 800 Sumo (pics)


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You did an incredible job with this. Thank you for all the information and pictures. I am going to seriously consider this. It May not happen this year, but it would make a good fall/winter project.

Where did you get the gunwale sumo sacks from?

Thanks again!

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Hey thanks, it was a fun project, a few bloody knuckles with some fiberglass in my skin! Must be getting close to boating season!

I always purchase all of my ballast supplies from Wakemakers, Spencer and Jason are always great to deal with.

http://www.wakemakers.com/?gclid=CMCo-erjp70CFVKIfgodWJoAVA

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This doesn't add anything to my to-do or wishlist but I sure enjoy seeing a very clean install and this is one of them! Nice work. I hate fiber glass in my hands, but you are right at least it's getting close to boating season!

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Hey, thanks.... I am hoping to get out Monday for some R&D wake testing, weather looks good, spring suits coming out! Would be stoked to come close to what RayRay is achieving in his VLX.

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For the mediocre surfer I am it was nice, my youngest son said it was sweet. I just need a good surfer to get behind it now. I did manage to actually spin a 360 more than once but could never stay in the wave, but I am making progress. I removed two of the three fins and started using my hand to push off the wave and it seems to really help generate the spin.

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This is still the best use of space and keeping the bow open I have seen. Good work man.

You have gunwale bags on both sides right? So it's an extra 600lbs up front?

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Dave, if you are splitting hairs its actually a 350 lb hard tank, 315 lb gunwale bags for a total of 675 lbs plus a passenger or two if desired. Yes, I have a utili sac on each side of the bow area.

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I thought each bag was 300lbs, making it 900lbs including your front tank. I mis understood. Either way, still super clean. Plus I forgot you have the 600lb on the floor

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Close to that 360 huh?

I can spin the board completey now, i just cant stay in the wake, by the time I end up all the way around I am too far back to stay in the wave... I think I need to start closer to the platform and spin a little faster. That is my goal this season for surfing, to be able to pull off a clean 360. :)

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Cory, that is my plan next time out... I'm going to bump up wedge a couple clicks on port side. We only had goofy riders that day, but next week I have two days planned to go out and we will have a mix of riders on the boat.

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I was towing my bro in law at about 32 mph, at about 4100 rpm's. He can only last about 10 hard cuts, so it's a pretty short run in comparison to wakeboarding or surfing. The 2315 does great, I usually fill front ballast tank, helps flatten the wake by countering the engine weight. Be careful not to slam the throttle with the 2315, it really does have a lot of torque coming out of holeshot with a skier on it.

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If you don't carry a lot of weight, the 1235 might be an option, a little more top speed and less rpm's. If I was towing slalom Skiers all the time the 2315 would not be my prop of choice, but it can work for the occasional pull.

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