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Old 04-24-2017, 01:09 PM
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Everything was great. Until it wasn't.

Put the X25 in the water at my home lake this morning.

Empty Monday morning boat ramp. No stress. Take my time.

Double and triple check everything. Proceed. Alone in the boat.

Boat launches great. Starts right up. I've got the hatch open. Watching everything before I drive off. Everything PERFECT.

I head out into the marina for a quick drive before I put it on the lift.

Things are going so well that I decided to work on a couple items. I got a software update last fall and lost my surf profiles so I figured I'd mess around with fixing the ballast timers, adjusting my bags in the rear lockers, and putting back a few of my favorite surfing settings.

Boat fills with ballast. Zero issues.

I start my surf run, go about a hundred yards, pull the throttle back to make some profile adjustments when both bilge pumps start going bonkers.

Lift the hatch and the engine compartment was taking some serious water. No idea from where except I see both rear bags are dry.

Quick thinking- hit the empty all setting and push for the dock. Halfway back to the slip the motor is struggling. My 6 liter giving it all it has. I limp, and I mean limp, into my slip. Hit the button on the lift. Only then did I see how much water I had taken on.

Once in the air, I took out the center drain and it dumped water for several minutes as both bilge pumps continued. It was a holy crap 5 minutes I'll tell you.

MC dealer came right over to help after I called him. One of the hoses on the port side of the engine popped loose under the strain of the surf run. Close call.

I double and triple checked everything before I went. Just goes to show you. That first run out deserves a little extra precaution and attention.

Good luck out there my friends.
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Old 04-24-2017, 01:37 PM
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glad you made it back! I had an issue last summer, last day out, when somehow an impeller got clogged and the engine started to overheat. had to limp back myself...
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Old 04-24-2017, 04:06 PM
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Put the X25 in the water at my home lake this morning.

Empty Monday morning boat ramp. No stress. Take my time.

Double and triple check everything. Proceed. Alone in the boat.

Boat launches great. Starts right up. I've got the hatch open. Watching everything before I drive off. Everything PERFECT.

I head out into the marina for a quick drive before I put it on the lift.

Things are going so well that I decided to work on a couple items. I got a software update last fall and lost my surf profiles so I figured I'd mess around with fixing the ballast timers, adjusting my bags in the rear lockers, and putting back a few of my favorite surfing settings.

Boat fills with ballast. Zero issues.

I start my surf run, go about a hundred yards, pull the throttle back to make some profile adjustments when both bilge pumps start going bonkers.

Lift the hatch and the engine compartment was taking some serious water. No idea from where except I see both rear bags are dry.

Quick thinking- hit the empty all setting and push for the dock. Halfway back to the slip the motor is struggling. My 6 liter giving it all it has. I limp, and I mean limp, into my slip. Hit the button on the lift. Only then did I see how much water I had taken on.

Once in the air, I took out the center drain and it dumped water for several minutes as both bilge pumps continued. It was a holy crap 5 minutes I'll tell you.

MC dealer came right over to help after I called him. One of the hoses on the port side of the engine popped loose under the strain of the surf run. Close call.

I double and triple checked everything before I went. Just goes to show you. That first run out deserves a little extra precaution and attention.

Good luck out there my friends.
Wow....load tested your lift for sure!!! Always paranoid between the landing and my lift on my first launch of the year.
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Old 04-24-2017, 05:29 PM
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Everyone almost sinks their boat atleast once right?
Glad to hear you and the boat are ok!

Thats the failure that scares me. A busted supply hose. You try to gun it home, but full throttle only makes everything much worse!

I almost sunk mine the first time I took it out. You can probably guess how. It was my friend that noticed that the bilge pumps were full duty.
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Old 04-24-2017, 05:36 PM
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Did the bags leak out too or just the engine hose?
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Old 04-24-2017, 06:59 PM
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The reason I remove my center cover on the initial run for the year. It happens quick.
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Old 04-24-2017, 07:24 PM
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Did the bags leak out too or just the engine hose?
Just the engine hose. I had the hatch open for the first 30 minutes.
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Old 04-24-2017, 08:55 PM
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I have my hatch open, all hatches actually, when I fill my ballast sacs
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Old 04-24-2017, 09:02 PM
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Check your engine oil and transmission oil for water.

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Old 04-24-2017, 09:56 PM
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On the bright side, I bet your surf wake was huge!
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