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Old    Jeff Williams (jwmustangin)      Join Date: Jan 2009       03-15-2009, 6:44 PM Reply   
Im looking into doing a custom ballast install in my boat. I want to use either jabsco or simer pumps.

Exacly what models of these brands are most you using?
Old    Jeff Williams (jwmustangin)      Join Date: Jan 2009       03-16-2009, 2:56 AM Reply   
anyone out there?
Old    Curt Bowman (curt489)      Join Date: Feb 2008       03-16-2009, 6:43 AM Reply   
Use simer pumps jabsco is a great pump but way over priced. Simer great value easy to replace impellers. I think i got mine at for around $125 each. Don't mount them in the engine bay is what people say so i mounted them under neath the back seat.I think the pumps don't have ignition protection or spark protection or something to that affect. I used them all last summer with no problems, over the winter i fully automated with switches three switchs. One front two rear bout 1200lbs in an elite v drive.
Old    Brad Chesley (bchesley)      Join Date: Apr 2001       03-16-2009, 6:49 AM Reply   
I used Jabsco becaue they are ignition protected. The only place for mine were the engine compartment and going boom was not an option. That and they are in my opinion a heavier duty pump. I like the built in run dry protection too.
Old    Spencer (spencerwm)      Join Date: Feb 2009       03-16-2009, 8:20 AM Reply   
What make and model of boat are we working with? I like the price of the simer pumps, but I have only used the Jabsco ballast puppy pumps (model # 18220-1127) myself.
Old    WakeMikey (wakemikey)      Join Date: Mar 2008       03-16-2009, 10:23 AM Reply   
I love my Simer it runs great. No impellor issues. Would highly recommend them. $75 plus shipping. They run dry all the time for short intervals with no issues.
Old    GD (greatdane)      Join Date: Feb 2001       03-16-2009, 12:17 PM Reply   
A boat manufacturer would NEVER consider using SIMMER pumps because they are not ignition protected -- something to think about when you seek the savings.
Old    WakeMikey (wakemikey)      Join Date: Mar 2008       03-16-2009, 12:39 PM Reply   
Why do it for less when you can just charge the customer more?
Old    GD (greatdane)      Join Date: Feb 2001       03-16-2009, 1:05 PM Reply   
That not it. Its about liability and deep pockets. If you blow yourself up and your friends, its likely just a very sad day. Yet, if you survive while others don't then say goodbye to your ASSets.
Old    Jeff Williams (jwmustangin)      Join Date: Jan 2009       03-16-2009, 1:24 PM Reply   
Curt, my boat is three years older than yours. The boat here is a 2000 air warrior elite v-drive.

I have ordered the jabsco water puppy pumps. I am going with a pump for each bag in the rear. These pumps come with the switch too. I know its the costly route, but I really dont feel like (not that im not capable) getting into building pvc manifolds, solenoid valves, etc., etc. Im keeping it simple switch, pump, ballast, plumb it, done.

Thanks for everyone's input.
Old    GD (greatdane)      Join Date: Feb 2001       03-16-2009, 1:41 PM Reply   
I used two ballast puppies to fill my two rear sacks through a shared thru-hull in the center. Initially, I put the switches under the seat but have since moved them to a switch plate next to the driver seat.

Pics are here: MyBallastSlideShow

(Message edited by greatdane on March 16, 2009)
Old    WakeMikey (wakemikey)      Join Date: Mar 2008       03-16-2009, 1:46 PM Reply   
Simers have the exact same function and setup as Jabesco and do not require manifold, solenoid valve, or any of the things aerator pumps use.

GD Sorry I was being a smartass. I understand the liability issue but I do not believe that is valid if the Simer is placed in a safe location like under the passenger seat. It is sealed, there are no fumes there. It is a slightly longer hose run but it works fine. If someone can afford the Jabesco, great. I can't afford to spend spend an extra $100 on a pump.

Same thing with a thru hull. I used my raw water and it works perfectly. Some people will say that's not proper. For one or two pumps it is fine. If you are worried you can do it with the engine turned off. But if we are talking big money professional installs, then my comments aren't really valid here. :-)
Old    Paul (phat_in_cincy)      Join Date: May 2003       03-17-2009, 10:01 AM Reply   
Here are the Simers I used. I got them from B.E. Atlas.

(Message edited by phat in cincy on March 17, 2009)
Old    Kevin (pri3st)      Join Date: Aug 2007       03-17-2009, 10:09 AM Reply   
I ordered a couple of these pumps. I'm assuming they are the same as the Simers, right? Says they are made by Flotec, but are the same model #, BW85P.
Old    Johnny Zappa (wakefish)      Join Date: Jul 2006       03-17-2009, 11:00 AM Reply   
tsunami $40.00 1200gph
Old    Kevin (pri3st)      Join Date: Aug 2007       03-17-2009, 11:32 AM Reply   
"tsunami $40.00 1200gph"
$40 X 4 + check valves, twice as many fittings & tubing for 2 bags}
Old    WakeMikey (wakemikey)      Join Date: Mar 2008       03-17-2009, 11:50 AM Reply   
Kevin that's the same vendor and model I got.
Old    Kevin (pri3st)      Join Date: Aug 2007       03-17-2009, 11:55 AM Reply   
Old    Brett Yates (polarbill)      Join Date: Jun 2003       03-17-2009, 12:06 PM Reply   
I bought mine from Hardware world as well.


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