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Old    Geoffrey Haynie (06outbackv)      Join Date: Dec 2006       06-08-2007, 8:03 PM Reply   
I am trying to find which pump would be the best to use for my ballast install. I am going to go w/the aerator style pumps to fill and empty. I am just trying to find out which ones are the best for ballast. Do they need to be self priming. Also where can I get the hose I will need for the install? Thanks all
Old    Rich (rich_g)      Join Date: May 2003       06-09-2007, 10:40 AM Reply   
many people will say Tsunami - a 1200gph pump for $30 - not bad. They have a 1 1/8 threaded inlet which makes it challenging to design a manifold. It can be done

I went with Rule 1100gph just so I could use standard pvc fittings on my manifold

I used flexible spa hose and there are some tips on how to work with it.

Aerator pumps are not self priming, they need to be below the waterline.
Old    mike asch (mikea)      Join Date: Mar 2005       06-09-2007, 12:00 PM Reply   
I went with the $30 tsunami's .
I do not recomend them.
PITA !!!
the pumps I purchased from wakeside had 1-3/8"-12 thread. I tried several places and could not find ANYONE that makes fittings for this bastard thread size.

go with the rule's
I found the stndard fitting's & hose at the local big box hardware store, (lowe's had a better selection than home depot).
Old    Geoffrey Haynie (06outbackv)      Join Date: Dec 2006       06-09-2007, 12:30 PM Reply   
Thanks Rich,,I am glad you told me about the Rule pumps. Where is the best place to purchase the pumps? I will need 4,,2-fill 2-empty. On your install,,,did you just do one thru-hull scupper for all three fill pumps? Does that slow it down any?
Old    PM (jetskiprosx)      Join Date: Aug 2004       06-09-2007, 12:33 PM Reply   
I bought the 800gph tsunami pumps and have had no issues with them because they are 3/4" threaded.


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