|Does anyone have pictures of their Flow-Rite ballast system, and can you explain how the system works. If we want to duplicate the system, what do we need to purchase from Flow-Rite and what pumps do we need? |
|I believe the system your talking about is the system thats the same as the Pure-Vert that Calabria Boats uses. It has no pumps, just servo gates under the waterline that floods tanks below the floor. Its definetly the best ballast system period.|
|That is very cool. How does it drain?|
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|It drains the same way that it fills. You just open the valves and drive for 15 seconds and the tanks empty.|
|I see how it fills, but do not quite get how it drains.|
|Step 1: Hit switch & servo gates open, wait 45 seconds & tanks are full, hit switch & servo gates close. |
Step 2: Board till your legs are toast.
Step 3: Hit switch & servo gates open, give the boat a little gas, and inertia forces water back out of the tanks in about 15 seconds, hit switch & close servo gates.
Step 4: Go Home.
|I think what he is asking is for someone to take pictures of their ballast set-up in the MC boats. MC uses all flow right fittings which are all quick release snap in and snap out. They have one way valves hooked to a pump. All the bags are 3 line bags, 1 inbound, 1 outbound and 1 for the overflow once the bag is filled. They also make mounting brackets for the pumps. I have 2 inbound pumps and 2 outbound pumps, it is the standard set-up for most MC boats. The inbound and outbound pumps are 1000 gph. They are on individual 3 rocker switches next to the driver. |
My 500lb bag fills in about 7 minutes and my 400lb bag fills in about 5 minutes. They take about the same time to empty.
Here is the link to the flow-rite site
|I would love to see that system. That is too awesome.|
|Ty, I have converted my entire system over to Flow-rite connectors, including my optional sacs. It is so nice. I will take some pictures and put the part numbers on here for you. It is very cheap to do. converting the whole thing cost maybe $30. Basically you can do the entire thing with their MA-014 Quik-Lok and MA-021 Female Connector, some 3/4"ID plastic hose or pvc pipe depending on what you want to do. I have also made some Quik-Lok plugs so when I take the sacs out no water spills at all. Unfortunately I am just now getting my boat back tomarrow (Fri) from being in the shop for three weeks. Try to get the pics on here over the weekend.|
|That stuff is awesome. I posted pics of it on the 3/4 adapter post as well.|
|Ty, did you use 1" or 3/4" ID hose?|
|3/4 inch and it was worth every penny |