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    $0.30 hose clamp...

    Last week I was searching the site for bilge pumps and found what I needed--this site is a wealth of information! I didn't make it to the marine store yesterday, they were closed. Can you guess what happened today? Had my exhaust tone not changed, I wouldn't have known something was wrong. Popped the seat and wallaaaah! A gusher! The seat fell off and I headed for the shore. Back end sinking I killed it and drug her as high as I could. I swam for the seat and a couple of nice fisherman grabbed it and gave us both a ride back to her. It's ironic. After reading Skoepp's write up about a similar incident, I said I would never pull mine up on land (it has never, literally never touched terra firma in any shape or form). I didn't think twice. Unfortunately, the only place to beach was strewn with rocks. My mirror like hull is now strewn with claw marks. Ouch. Better than option two. The culprit? The hose clamp directly off the main line from the pump. I check them frequently, really.
    A couple hours after a tear down, she fired up! I'm looking forward to my first bilge install. Thanks Skoepp for the story, it helped. Thanks to the site for the bilge installation instructions, they will soon be used!

    Do you guys recommend a 500gph or higher? Thanks!


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    I am running a auto 1100GPH pump with the exit out the side, so maybe it would catch my eye as I am sinking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jp1300r View Post
    I am running a auto 1100GPH pump with the exit out the side, so maybe it would catch my eye as I am sinking.

    I just got done wiring a bilge pump in each of my skis. I just need to know where to drill for the bilge fitting on the hull. Where is yours exactly?

    Thanks,
    Luis

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    Anyone have a link to the post that instructs how to wire a bilge in?

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    I just put a bilge in my GTX

    Automatic Rule 1100gph

    IMO if your going to bother with a bilge pump,
    get one that will actually give you some chance keeping up with a decent leak

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    i run 2 500






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    No offense to any of your guys, but if you are running more than a 500GPH pump you have more problems than a water leak!!!! If my math is correct, 1 500 GPH pump equals over 8 gallons per minute!!!!!!!! Thats a BIG HOLE!!!!!!

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    I run a 500 GPH bilge on my GTX LT. with a pull/ push swith in the glove box.The exit is out the back under the back seat on the port side.Have not had to use it but have tested it..Move alot of water real quick.
    My 2 cents

    Cheers

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    A 500gph = 8.333gpm
    A 750gph = 12.5gpm
    An 1100gph = 18.333gpm
    In the 20 or so seconds it took to hear the problem, pop the seat, freak out, lose the seat and beach my craft, the water (from a little water line) had filled my hull nearly to the throttle body. I wouldn't have believed it had I not seen it. I'm going to carry a manual pump as well from now on. Overkill? Nope.
    I'll be looking into the 1100gph pump.
    Thanks again for the input guys!

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