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Old 04-23-2016, 05:31 PM
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HELP! Ballast isn't working, or I'm an idiot...

It's probably me but something is off. Just a reminder to all, I know jack squat about my own boat-it's new to me

So, took her out today and tried to fill up the ballast tanks. The KGB and Port tanks' "motors" make a sound for a second or two and then no more noise. The starboard side spits water out of the boat from a hole in the side of the boat. The VDIG does not show any tanks as filling on the gauge with 3 lines on the display.

I could not for the life of me find out if there are any settings in the VDIG for the ballast fill. It only shows the screen with the tanks. And the screen only shows 1 or 2 tanks, never 3. Am I doing something wrong? Dealer is coming out tomorrow but thought I'd ask you guys so I don't feel as stupid as I feel now. Boat is an 08 X30 and I bought it used in the winter so I couldn't test anything.
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Old 04-23-2016, 05:40 PM
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Make sure your ball valves are open. They are in the bilge area. I think you'll have 3 valves
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Old 04-23-2016, 05:52 PM
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As if I know where the bilge area is...
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Old 04-23-2016, 06:01 PM
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As if I know where the bilge area is...
Look under the motor
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Old 04-23-2016, 06:05 PM
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The motor I've heard of.
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Old 04-23-2016, 10:17 PM
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The motor I've heard of.
LMAO. Don't drink the water out of the bilge area.
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Old 04-24-2016, 12:16 AM
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The ones on my '07 look like this.

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Old 04-24-2016, 08:00 AM
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do you have anyone in your area that is familiar with mc's? maybe they could show you a few things that you should really get to know.
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Old 04-24-2016, 08:26 AM
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If it's spitting water out, then it's trying to empty the tank.

When the boat is on the trailer, take a look underneath - you should be able to see where the water goes into the plumbing - there will be a hole for engine cooling & a hole for the ballast.

At the corresponding places inside the boat there should be shut off valves, that need to be open.

The cooling pipework will then go into a filter & the water pump - the ballast pipework will go to the ballast pumps which are most likely on the very rear of the engine compartment. There should be 3 pumps there - one for each tank.

There will also be overflow pipes somewhere for each tank and once the tank is full, water will come out of the overflow - these will be above the waterline - just under the rub rail.

The centre KGB tank overflow is just in front of the driver - the one next to it is for the forward bilge pump

The rear tank overflows should be either side at the rear.
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Old 04-24-2016, 09:04 AM
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a 08 will have the overflows on the side of the hull but actually empties under the hull.
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