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Old    G-Man (gvanorde)      Join Date: Jun 2003       10-23-2005, 11:40 PM Reply   
Was out on the lake a few weeks ago and left the boat moored in the lake during our morning and afternoon sets. When I went out that afternoon, the speakers started to le. I immediately checked the auto bilge pump and it was "OFF". I looked behind the passanger seat and the amps were in water. The bilge pump got rid of the water in about 10 minutes. I checked all the ballast hoses and found one backfilling. My guess is that a check valve has failed. Where do I find the checkvalves and are they easy to replace?
Old    Rod McInnis (rodmcinnis)      Join Date: Sep 2002       10-24-2005, 3:15 PM Reply   
Are you running hard tanks or fat sacks?

I am not picturing how a failed check valve failure alone would get water into the bilge. I can see it filling the ballast tank/bag, but it should be limited to the volume of the tank.

I highly recommend that you modify your system so that you are not relying on a check valve. They will leak. Any fitting that comes up from the bottom of the boat should have a good quality shut off valve on it. Fitting on the side of the boat (for pump discharge) should be well above the water line .

Old    G-Man (gvanorde)      Join Date: Jun 2003       10-30-2005, 10:18 AM Reply   
Rod, I use soft sacs and it obviously leaked. The x-star has 3 shut off valves, one for each tank and for the sac in the keel. I just never used them. I will now. I also have to replace that check valve and potentially the whole bag and hoses.

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