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Old 05-08-2008, 08:20 AM
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06 X2 Taking on Water

So I have had my new to me X2 out on the water 4 times so far this season and I have noticed that it is taking on too much water. After about 30 minutes out on the lake the bilge kicks on. I have the boat on a lift and have lowered it in the water and checked the rudder (greased it) and dripless packing and have not seen any evidence of water intrusion. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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Old 05-08-2008, 08:27 AM
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Sometimes these boats will take on water through the rub rail from splashing upward. Another leakage source can be the heater, if you have one - a busted heater core will do that too. You should (carefully) look around in the engine compartment with the engine running - see if there's leakage from a block fitting, the circulating water pump, or the raw water pump.

Just lowering it in the water without it running is usually enough to see leakage from the rudder port, but likely the shaft needs to be turning to see if the leakage from the packing is excessive.
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Old 05-08-2008, 08:38 AM
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I dont have a heater so thankfully, that is out. I guess I need to plan on getting down there with a flash light while the boat is moving to investigate.
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Old 05-08-2008, 09:55 AM
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one thing you might consider is just running a water hose in the bilge w/ the boat completely dry on the trailer... add some water... if it can get in it can get out in the same spot... if you don't find it pouring it's probably splash from the rub rail so just keep the bilge on auto
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Old 05-08-2008, 10:13 AM
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Can this rub rail gap be sealed? Silicone or something similar?
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maybe some great stuff from the inside would help... i'd be extremely cautious though
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Old 05-08-2008, 11:04 AM
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Does your boat have a shower? Make sure it is turned off. Mine got turned on one time on accident. When you start running down the lake water will come right through the shower. Just open the back hatch and start driving. You will know immediately if that's what it is.
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Have you used the ballast system each time, a tank my be leaking. The water pickup valve for the ballast is another place even if you haven't used the pumps.
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check the shaft seal?
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Old 05-08-2008, 12:46 PM
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Can this rub rail gap be sealed? Silicone or something similar?
Silicone -- a nice, subtle bead around the lower edge. If it turns out to be an ongoing problem, you could remove the rub-rail insert, remove the run rail, silicone the shoe-box overlap, silicone and re-install the frame, reinstall the rubber insert. That's a bigger job than it sounds, and a significant PITA.
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