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How to Install a Wakeboard Ballast

    • 1). Position the two water ballast tanks in the boat. It is important to do this when they are empty because when they are filled, they will weigh several hundred pounds and can be immovable. Place one across the rear of the boat in the storage compartment and the other lengthwise down the center of the boat, preferably in the ski locker.

    • 2). Slide 3/4-inch tubing over the inlet fittings of the ballast tanks. Secure them in place with hose clamps.

    • 3). Connect the tubes to the arms of a 3/4-inch PVC T-fitting. Use a male-male barbed adapter that slides in the tubes and the fitting, and secure each arm with a hose clamp.

    • 4). Install a check valve in the body of the T-fitting, using waterproof glue to hold it in place. It should point in the direction of the arms and swing open so that water flows in but cannot flow out of the tanks. There should be an arrow on the valve that indicates the flow direction.

    • 5). Connect the T-fitting to the outlet of a small 12-volt pump. Slide a 1-inch male-male fitting in the body of the T-fitting and in the end of a small 1-inch section of plastic tubing, and hold it in place with a hose clamp.

    • 6). Connect a piece of 3/4-inch tubing on the inlet end of the pump, securing it with a hose clamp. Install a quarter-turn ball valve on the other end of the tubing. Give the tube enough length to reach the water outside the boat.

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