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Old 06-08-2018, 02:48 PM
StrmChzr StrmChzr is offline
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Taking on water

First time out this season, my 05 XStar was taking on water such that bilge was running every 15 min or so... it appeared water was entering boat beneath engine, but I wasn’t able to do any investigating beyond that...

I’m ”guessing” the culprit is seal where driveshaft to prop exits the keel of boat? I have the 8.1L engine and its tight fit in the engine compartment so planning to remove all gear from both rear lockers this eve to get a better view... does this sound right or is there something else I should be checking?
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Old 06-08-2018, 03:24 PM
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I had a similar experience first day out this year, was the heater core must have not been winterized properly, water was running out of it, ending in the bilge and every so often the pumps would reduce it. Water only came "in" while engine was running, is yours coming in with everything off and floating?
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Old 06-08-2018, 04:08 PM
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Driveshaft seal/packing is a good place to start. Back in the day, our PS205 needed re-packing, and the bilge would fill quickly like that.
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Old 06-08-2018, 04:12 PM
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I had a similar experience first day out this year, was the heater core must have not been winterized properly, water was running out of it, ending in the bilge and every so often the pumps would reduce it. Water only came "in" while engine was running, is yours coming in with everything off and floating?


X2 happened to us last yr


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Old 06-08-2018, 09:28 PM
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Dealing with this myself two trip to dealer found tge leak ya right! Ran 6 minutes stopped bilge pumped for 45 sesonds!
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Old 06-11-2018, 06:36 PM
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How is one supposed to get to the kgb ballast if you suspect a leak in that area?
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Old 06-11-2018, 07:02 PM
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First thing I would do is see if it takes on water if its just floating with engine off vs with engine running. This will tell you the nature of the leak.
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Old 06-11-2018, 08:18 PM
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First thing I would do is see if it takes on water if its just floating with engine off vs with engine running. This will tell you the nature of the leak.
Only leaks when running. Dealer has looked twice and said water pump clamp leak first time second time said fitting was broke onunder exhaust mani.

He swears that shaft seal is not leaking.
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Old 06-11-2018, 09:19 PM
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Check your mufflers for cracks. My '01 had this same issue and I chased it for some time before selling it. Ultimately, the buyer figured out by removing the floor panel while the boat while the boat was in the water.
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Old 06-11-2018, 11:32 PM
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I was taking on water the first trip this Spring (not so much that the bilge would kick on, but it was wet when it's usually dry as a bone). Ends up it was the two plastic fittings on the end of the exhaust manifolds. They didn't drip much idling, but under way they leaked pretty good. Removed the fittings and applied new thread sealant and problem is fixed. Maybe yours is also a simple fix?
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