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Old 07-07-2015, 07:47 AM
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2000 X Star Thru Hull Locations

I'm finally getting to the project of installing my ballast system and need a little advise on where others have installed there pumps. I will be using 2 rule 1100's and 2 Atwood 800's for the full pumps. I put the valve and pump together and tried placing it in a few locations this morning and it looked like it will be pretty tight anywhere I put them. Does anybody have any pictures of where your pumps are? Also, where have you installed your switches. Thanks!
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Old 07-07-2015, 08:40 AM
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I have added two thru hulls on my 2000 for additional ballast. One in parallel with the raw water thru hole (I was being a little carelous when drilling this and almost went too far forward - I would have hit the fuel tank which wouldn't have been good news!).
The second through hull is in line with the first on the port side around a foot or so back from memory. Again be careful, the inner side of the hull is smooth but the outer has strakes. Get your hands on some powerful magnets and use these to position above and below.

To the port side of the steering wheel there are three switches. One will be your KGB ballast switch, one will be an accessory and one will be an interior light. I moved the interior light wiring to the nav light switch on the starboard side of the steering wheel thus freeing up one switch location. I now have three ballast switches all beside each other, one for the rear tanks (I use ball valves to control filling and emptying), one covers the KGB under the floor and one forward ballast bag.

I always used Jabsco pumps, I prefer the simple hose layout over aerator pumps.
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Old 07-07-2015, 09:49 AM
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Suggest you use the magnet method to positively locate the proper location so no guesswork. Areas were pretty limited when i punched the 3 in our 205 to add valves and.johnson pumps. See my post for some suggested locatio s.
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Old 07-07-2015, 09:52 AM
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+1 on using the magnets to aid thru hull location. I just installed 3 with reversible pumps on my 99 so many times it looked a great position inside the boat only to find a trailer bunk otherside or a hull chine. Vice versa underneath looked great then found the shut off valve wouldn't fit or operate. I just took my time and thought it through before the holesaw went anywhere near the hull. Don't place in front of paddle wheels or depth finders either.
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Old 07-08-2015, 11:39 AM
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Alright, I took the advise on using the magnets and it worked great! I got the holes drilled and just need to sand the gel coat around the holes a little before being ready to install the thru hulls.
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Old 07-08-2015, 01:23 PM
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Hard part is done. Nice

Good luck. Projects like this are also fun once you reap the rewards of completion.
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Old 07-09-2015, 04:47 PM
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Where did you guys mount your drain/vent thru hulls? Below or above the rub rail?
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Old 07-09-2015, 07:46 PM
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Factory has them below the rub rail, so that's where I would put them.
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Old 07-09-2015, 08:42 PM
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