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    Default weighting an XLV for surfing

    I have an 05 XLV that we surf behind. I have the stock ballast in the ski locker that we fill pretty much full. I think I have 750's in each side of the v drive. I added one of the stock bags for under the passenger seat for surfing normal. Does anyone add ballast under the very front to lengthen the surf wave. Mine seems too steep.

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    I have an '08 XLV and so far I think I run the heaviest ballast I've seen for surfing it. Keep in mind me and my girl are goofy riders but I have set mine up for regular. For regular I have 1100lb v-drive sac, 1180 center sac, 400lb sac on surf side seat, 400lb sac in bow, 250-300lbs in opposite side 1100lb sac for extra weight to get the ass end of the boat down (this does add push to the wake). For regular speed is 11-11.5mph and around 3000-3100lbs of ballast. For the goofy side besides the 1100 v-drive, 1180 center, and 400 in the bow, ill add 400 under the seat, 400 on top of the seat, and 400 across the back seat but towards the goofy side. So 3700-3800lbs to surf goofy with a nice big, long wake, at 12-12.5 mph. The regular side has a little better shape to the wake. Oh, and I never have more than 4 total in my boat but usually just me and my girl 90% of the time

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    Quote Originally Posted by you da man View Post
    I have an '08 XLV and so far I think I run the heaviest ballast I've seen for surfing it. Keep in mind me and my girl are goofy riders but I have set mine up for regular. For regular I have 1100lb v-drive sac, 1180 center sac, 400lb sac on surf side seat, 400lb sac in bow, 250-300lbs in opposite side 1100lb sac for extra weight to get the ass end of the boat down (this does add push to the wake). For regular speed is 11-11.5mph and around 3000-3100lbs of ballast. For the goofy side besides the 1100 v-drive, 1180 center, and 400 in the bow, ill add 400 under the seat, 400 on top of the seat, and 400 across the back seat but towards the goofy side. So 3700-3800lbs to surf goofy with a nice big, long wake, at 12-12.5 mph. The regular side has a little better shape to the wake. Oh, and I never have more than 4 total in my boat but usually just me and my girl 90% of the time
    how long does it take you to get ready to surf?
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    Also You da man

    Which of your bags are plumbed in and how do you fill the ones on the seat? Do you use an overboard pump or are they hardwired/plumbed in? All mine sit under my seat which is clean but we get an ok wave, nothing spectacular. It rocks for wakeboarding. I usually surf at 9-10 mph (if my perfect pass is right)

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    Quote Originally Posted by flydoc View Post
    Also You da man

    Which of your bags are plumbed in and how do you fill the ones on the seat? Do you use an overboard pump or are they hardwired/plumbed in? All mine sit under my seat which is clean but we get an ok wave, nothing spectacular. It rocks for wakeboarding. I usually surf at 9-10 mph (if my perfect pass is right)
    I have 2 external pumps to fill the extra sacs. It's not bad at all filling or draining. Like I said it's only my girl and I on my boat so we both fill the extra sacs. I don't want an "ok" wake to surf, I want a good wake with a good pocket to play in...not just cruise. It takes the 1100 v-drive sac to begin to list the boat over. The 1180 center sac puts more hull in the water to displace. I don't see how you can get a clean wake at 9mph. Mine is all wash at 9mph even before the extra sacs. I've surfed up to 13mph before but it's work on the legs.

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    I obviously need more weight. My wake is a little washy and the pocket is really small. How do you get the v sac in the bin? Is it l shaped and hangs goes under to the next bin? Sorry if I'm clueless I can't visualize it yet. Thanks for the info I'd really like to improve my surf wake. How sluggish is the boat with all that weight?

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