Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
herm

Why the heck is the bilge pumping?

7 posts in this topic

Here's one for which I need advice: Discovered this past week that when I back-troll, water is coming in somewhere/somehow. (I have a 2001 Skeeter 1775 tiller.) It's not a ton of water, but it is enough for the bilge to pump out after 30-45 minutes. My biggest question is how the heck do I determine where the water is coming in from? (I did pop off the access cover immediately below the motor, but doing so also let in enough water that I could not really find a source.) Any advice on trying to determine and ultimately seal/stop the water from coming in? Thanks for any advice.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I had a similar problem with a Pro-V I had , did a lot of standing on my head trying to figure it out and it turned out that the boat I bought [new] had sat out all winter at the dealer and water was in the intake for the livewell and froze and a little crack was in the pump housing . I replaced the pump and problem solved . On another boat I had , same problem , different solution , when they put the intake thru the transom , the nut was tightened too much and broke the plastic pipe that was attached to the pump , never could figure out the problem cause it was not visible . One day it just broke and fell into the boat and water really poured in then I could see the problem ,replaced the unit and no more leaks .Might want to look at these areas , Good Luck in your search .

Bud

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I agree with hoses and pumps. If cracked they will leak when moving forward but water will be "sucked" back out by the siphon effect of the direction. When you backtroll water enter hull with much more pressure and will keep entering due to the pressure applied from moving backward.

As an example, if you forget the bilge plug (boat plug) you can drain it just by moving forward for a while, it will suck all the water out (guess how I found out... grin )

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The advice here sounds good. But perhaps the following are stupid questions (but they won't be my first, nor last)...When you say check the livewell hoses and connections, how do I do that? Do you mean just look at them with the naked eye with boat on trailer in garage? I will try, but have two concerns: 1. They are located in a place where my head won't fit (insert joke here.) 2. I don't have bionic eyes so I doubt I can see a crack/loose connection. Or should I do this with the boat in the water and backtrolling? One thought: What if I set my fish camera in that area and back-trolled? Might that reveal the leak?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Some times you are able to seal off the inlets from the outside to see if water is still pooling in the bottom. You can add colored water to inlets/outlets to see if it appears in the pooling. The valve housings, pumps and hoses are usually (not always) from freezing over the winter.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Herm, there is no "trick of the trade" here, you are welcome to use any possible mean to check for leaks. It will be much easier to detect if there is water in the lines or pumps. Maybe a visit to your local small lake will help.

Any way you possible you can use to look underneath the floor is sure welcome, if you have a camera available that's great.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • LH...I repaired Shimano's for years, and this was a huge issue for the Stradics and the Sahara's, First, look at the bail and make sure that they are not out of alignment. I bet your problem is caused by one part (and it's the probable cause of both problems)..... To keep the bail from rotating on the cast (and snapping shut on you in mid-cast) there's a small friction ring inside the rotor. It looks like a heavy rubber band only it's made of heavy vinyl plastic. It's  actually called a "friction ring". When it goes bad it loosens up just enough to bind up your reel completely and the bail won't snap shut. Also check the round bail return spring with the smal 90* bend in it, that can pop out of the tiny hole (the "bent" end) and cause the bail to do literally nothing. If your bail actuator pin (your :latch") is bent/worn, that will do it, but unikey that it's worn down that much. Loosen up the bail center screws, and see if when they are loose the bail will return. If so, they may be bent/out of alignment. Takes some careful maneuvering to get them back to proper set. I love Shimao stuff, but they never did own up to this problem, as far as I know. Check those things first and let's go from there.

       
    • Look at the diagram, order the parts.   If it pops open or won't close I am still thinking the spring... Take pictures with phone or digital camera as you take it apart.  Helps to get it back together. 
    • Wrong guy there.  I don't fish in MN anymore, don't have a boat either. 
    • Clinton.     After Mn coughed up 66 million for 150 jobs in Cook, nobody from MN ought to be criticizing Indiana.  Looks like they got a heck of a deal.
    • who hasn't done something dumb like that.  I know I have!   good luck making it up to you Mother!!
    • *sigh* Kiss of death my friend............. kiss of death.   LOL
    • make / manufacturer: Eskimo
      model name / number: Mako Upgraded to an electric auger and selling my old one. Runs great and has been well taken care of. Starts on 2-3 pulls every time. I have the extension for it as well as a new set of blades that I bought but haven't needed to change yet. I also have a cabelas auger bag that it fits in.
    • the thing that trips the latch is worn or broken.    i think   will take apart and look if i set hook hard the bail rackets pops up and lets line out won't close some of time...have to do manually
  • Our Sponsors