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Old 07-16-2019, 01:08 PM
HomeSlice HomeSlice is offline
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Boat: 2016 Mastercraft X46, 7.4 ltr Ilmore
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x46 Wakeboarding settings?

Hi all,

I searched through the site for posts on the x46 + wakeboarding but to no avail.

I'm trying to figure out if using the surf tabs and center plate are needed or will the boat create a wake on it's own? Do I need to fill up the ballasts?

This video states I do need to fill them all up and ride at 22-24mph


He doesn't mention anything about the tabs or center plate.

What do I do if I don't want to go that fast as my kids are small (8 &10) and are just learning?

All help is appreciated.


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Old 07-16-2019, 03:04 PM
WakePowell WakePowell is offline
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I have a 2018 X46 and we predominately wakeboard. My 10 year old son rides with the center tank 100% and the rear tanks plus bags at 80% at a speed of 20.5 mph. It sets up a really clean wake with 65 feet of line/handle.

I ride with the same ballast but at a speed of 22.5 with 75 feet of line/handle. The wake is really clean with a nice lip and long ramps.

We never use tabs when wakeboarding.
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Old 07-22-2019, 05:01 PM
Krejci76 Krejci76 is offline
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Not sure about your specific boat, but in general: the more weight you have, the faster you need to go to get clean wakes. Vice-versa is also true. So for kids, less weight will be better for lower speeds. For beginners: no ballast, no plate, no tabs (should never need the tabs for wakeboarding), and slow speeds are probably the way to go. You can play around with it with no riders. It's always better to be safe and go slow until you find the right speed + wake for you. If they aren't jumping, it's not that big of deal if the wakes are a bit dirty. It always takes a while to figure out exactly how you like your boat setup, so don't stress about it. Have fun and be safe!
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