I was riding with my wife driving and the engine tone just did not sound right and I could smell the exhaust which was odd. It smelled hot. I dropped the handle and asked her to look at the gauges. What's the temp? 40 degrees. No the temp? 240. Shut it off! I then recognized the bilge pump was running for a long time.
The flush pro fitting broke and the bilge was now full. The pump could not keep up. I stuffed a plastic Target bag into the intake hose and assessed the situation while the pump caught up. To get home, I put the pump intake into the bilge and flooded it a little thinking I could limp home but it would not draw water. Pulled the impeller and it was fried. Put in the spare impeller, flooded the bilge again but between the pump and the new impeller I could not keep enough water in the bilge. Instead of disabling the bilge I decided Boat US would finally earn my business. I was home in 30 minutes.
My wife credits Target for saving the day and decided it was an omen to shop there today. Go figure.
I never liked the plastic fittings below the water line or the fact that many manufacturers fail to install a seacock but at least it failed where I could resolve the problem.
The good news was my just turned 3 years old son got up on doubles, 100% by himself, long line, and skied until he was tired. It was all his decision with no pressure to even try and no fear. It was his own pure desire and inspiring to watch.