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Henry
07-15-2013, 12:55 PM
Hey Guys

I bought 07 X45 and have been working through a few issues that came with boat. I have most things squared away but the ballast system is a tough one. It was inspected and deemed OK by authorized dealer. My problem is telling when they are empty. I can see water come out side of boat when they are full but how can one tell when they are completed pumped out? My understanding is they pump out water below waterline so you cannot see when it is empty.

Gauges are iffy at best.

I appreciate any tips.

Henry

bjames
07-15-2013, 06:57 PM
I never know if my ballast is fully empty. What I do is wait till the gauge reads empty, then I turn the pumps on for another 10-15 sec. If there is a bit of water in the tanks, I see it as no big deal. Once i load the boat onto the trailer, I flick on the ballast pumps and listen for any water hitting the ground to ensure they are empty. I never had an instance where the gauges read empty and still had water in the tanks. My gauges have been pretty accurate.

GoneBoatN
07-15-2013, 08:12 PM
Hey Guys

I bought 07 X45 and have been working through a few issues that came with boat. I have most things squared away but the ballast system is a tough one. It was inspected and deemed OK by authorized dealer. My problem is telling when they are empty. I can see water come out side of boat when they are full but how can one tell when they are completed pumped out? My understanding is they pump out water below waterline so you cannot see when it is empty.

Gauges are iffy at best.

I appreciate any tips.

Henry


You should be able to hear the noise from the pumps change pitch. For me, my gauges go to showing empty and shortly there after the noise pump is making will change the pitch (higher pitch sound) as it looses it prime when it starts sucking air instead of water. So I make sure all ballast tanks are empty before arriving back at the ramp. I'll do this at slow speed so the bow is raised ensuring I get the maximum amount of water out.

Then just to confirm, I run the pumps one at at time with the boat on the trailer and engine off so that I can hear them better, once again looking for that higher pitch whine, confirming the tanks are empty. Then I pull the boat up and out of the ramp. This takes but a few extra seconds. My son knows to do this so it is typically already done by the time we have the boat secured to the trailer ready to pull out therefore it takes no extra time on the ramp.