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Old 08-19-2013, 07:39 PM
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bow rise??? and 2 technical questions....

Im in a conversation with a my dad. He rode in my new to me 1997 Prostar 205. He was surprised the bow rise on an inboard. He remembers that the older inboards (SN and MC), like the 1980s bow not coming up when taking off. He remembers the boat like lifting up on the water and plaining. If this is true, I assume the bow does not rise on the 1980's Inboard boats due to: smaller, shorter, lighter, and squared off sides and hull. Any thoughts????

Also electrical question: my pump works when i turn it on (green light turns on too), flipping it up. When I flip it all the way down to AUTO, the light does not come on. I dumped a few small buckets of water in by the pump and the auto would not pump it out. i had to turn it on and then pumped the water out. I assume I need to replace the switch in the dash?????

Drip seal for the shaft/prop:
To add to that does inboards get a lot of water in it. Mine does not, which is a good thing. My drip seal for the shaft/prop drips every 20 seconds. It used to drip alot faster (like every 2-3 seconds) until i tighted it up.

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Old 08-19-2013, 07:52 PM
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With your bilge pump, the green light should not turn on in the auto position until the pump kicks on. Do you know where your float switch is located? Even though you had put enough water in the bilge to pump out, it may have not been enough to kick your float switch on. Either it wasn't enough water or your float switch is bad.
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Old 08-19-2013, 07:52 PM
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Bow rise is somewhat of an illusion to a certain extent. There is a bit more but I believe it's 2 degrees off the top of my head. The 205 bow is much longer than a closed bow older boat and the drivers seat was set further up on the older boat. So now it looks as if the bow really rises since there is more "nose" in front of you.

As to the bilge pump. It is most likely the float mechanism on the bilge pump itself. It could be stuck, clogged, or just deteriorated. And in need of replacement. I would check there first not the switch. The switch will not illuminate unless the pump kicks in in auto mode. And it takes roughly a 1/2 to an inch of water on my float to kick it on. It's not instantaneous. The float tends to go bad way quicker than the switch cuz the bilge is filled with muck and water.

You drip rate is perfect.
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Old 08-19-2013, 08:32 PM
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Thank you: masercraft13 and swatguy.

I put in a new bilge pump in last year right before labor day.

Makes sense of the bow rise.
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Old 08-19-2013, 08:35 PM
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97 hull already different from earlier hull. 97 hull became x-star hull. I am with Swat - but this this hull rises a bit more than a 95 205 or earlier.

+1 one on the bilge. Check all connections.. make sure no corrosion.. use this http://www.theruststore.com/Blue-Wor...FelAMgodEHAAYA to clean contacts.

I like a spotless bilge - easy to catch a problem early... IMO

Replace shaft packing with this - http://www.skidim.com/prodinfo.asp?number=GFO1/4X24 and you can be almost driples.. - I get barely any water in my bilge...
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Old 08-19-2013, 09:20 PM
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Put the bilge switch in auto and lift the float switch by hand and see if it comes on.
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Old 08-19-2013, 10:25 PM
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I've got a 2008 X-1, not sure how that compares to your 1997 205, but my boat does seem to have much more bow rise than my 1985 S&S. With the S&S I never needed a riser in the seat, and just looked through the windshield at any speed. With my X-1 I generally use the booster when pulling wakeboards.

I will say this though, my X-1 handles chop way better than the S&S and is much less prone to taking a wake over the bow, even with people up there.
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Old 08-19-2013, 10:31 PM
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I've got a 2008 X-1, not sure how that compares to your 1997 205, but my boat does seem to have much more bow rise than my 1985 S&S. With the S&S I never needed a riser in the seat, and just looked through the windshield at any speed. With my X-1 I generally use the booster when pulling wakeboards.

I will say this though, my X-1 handles chop way better than the S&S and is much less prone to taking a wake over the bow, even with people up there.
Your v drive version will have a significant more rise. The engine is in the rear to actually make this happen on purpose. This is why all top end wakeboats have that configuration. It sinks the rear a bit more keeps the nose out of the water to help shape the wake and maximize weight transfer as well as offer much roomier seating.

However there is a sacrifice. You now lose that rocketship of a takeoff to plane and the wake becomes a bit bigger coming out the back( bad for skiers......good for boarders)
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However there is a sacrifice. You now lose that rocketship of a takeoff to plane and the wake becomes a bit bigger coming out the back( bad for skiers......good for boarders)
Or you gain that rocket ship take off and the wake is small... -- Amen... -
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