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Old 06-21-2019, 12:07 PM   #1
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Need some troubleshooting help. Went out in the gulf this morning. Big swells. Came back in and tied the boat to the dock. Ran the bilge pump unt it stopped and didn't run long. Came back out to the boat an hour later and there was a ton of water in the boat. Bilge pump ran for probably 20 minutes at least to drain it. Not sure how water got in and can't see any signs of a leak.

Number one suspect is livewell. It was running but also ran all night with no issues.

Any ideas? We're letting the boat sit for a while and see what happens.

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raw water washdown connections, live well connections, leaking drain plug, hole/crack below the waterline. other than that, the list is limited....
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Yep. Time to pop the hood on the bilge. Shine some bright light down there, use your kids or your wife's phone, take a video slowly panning around the bilge. If you drop the phone, at least it wasn't yours, find another phone. Boat will have to be in the water, obviously, leave it on the trailer if possible. But don't be the thread subject of blocking a boat ramp and eating Krispy Kremes. Or worse yet, sinking the boat.
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Your bilge pump should kick on even when the boat is not in use, activated by a float!? This I would fix first.
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Float switch had stuck before but I thought I fixed it. Had been working fine. It's on my list to replace. No more water has come in.

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Your bilge pump should kick on even when the boat is not in use, activated by a float!? This I would fix first.
Auto bilge in an area not seen is a MUST!!!!!!!!


I almost sunk in the bay when a washdown pump hose came loose and filled my hull. Boat fell sluggish and I opened the cabin and water was already there! Rammed it up on Picken's beach only to find my bilge pump clogged and not working. Replaced with redundant auto systems with manual bilge as well. I could pump out a total of 4500 gallons per minute on my 19 foot boat after that experience!
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What kind of boat? Check for cap separation! Seen that before too where water was coming in when the hull would flex and allow water in where the cap met!
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get this!!!!!! Best float switch ever made.


Ultra Safety Systems Pump Switch Jr. UPS-02-12 V Float Switch Bilge Pump Switch



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Not to worry you, but we were out in a sea fox when we had the cap separate and had water intrusion. We kept wondering why the bilge would come on at each stop to dive!!! Someone looked over the side while we were running and saw the hull flexing and allowing water in! Made for a slow way in in rough seas trying to keep water from coming in.

Not saying this is your problem. But if you check all hull intrusion points on wash down pumps and bait well pumps and hoses and don't find anything, well, check this out.

I have heard of other hull separation issues with Sea Fox!

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