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    GTR 215 to Bilge Pump or not

    Newbie question... admittedly Guilty. Is a bilge pump really necessary? I've noticed that it's a popular mod/add-on... is this mostly for people who leave their ski in the water for the summer? I haven't flipped my GTR (and obviously it'd help in that situation), I put in and out for the most part, and a few times a year I'm docked for a week or less... is there a reason (lightness, racing, consistent overturns, etc.) I should consider a bilge pump? Open minded, it's a some-what cheap and easy add-on (other than drilling an outlet hole in the side of your expensive toy)... should I consider this?


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    Very important. Add at least a 1100gph auto pump.

    If your carbon seal goes will save your ski from sinking.

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    The specs of the GTR claim under the Propulsion System section: "Dual Automatic Vacuum Siphon Pumps......Continuously removes water entering the engine compartment."?

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    GTR 215 to Bilge Pump or not

    Yeah, but only while the ski is moving. If you lose the carbon seal or other major issue, The ski stops, floods, sinks........

    At the end of the day, it's definitely worth the ~$100

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    The siphon tubes only work when you're under way. It's standard across the board for SD. It has nothing to do w/ a bilge add-on... Will a bilge save your ski? Possibly. But only for as long as your battery holds out. Doubtful it would save your ski from a major leak that lasted over night.

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    I fit bilge p/ps to all my ski's, if your lucky you never need to rely on them but if you do they are great value.

    Its a cheap and easy mod but make sure you get a fully auto one with a float switch in it, the manuall ones require you to know that there is water in your hull and for you to be in attendance.

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    I see a lot of solutions that are pumping the water out into the foot-well... as a lifetime boater, I have to ask, why does it make sense to pump water into your vehicle? Recommendations on a GTR 215 that doesn't use a foot-well discharge?

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    Do a rear exit for the water hole not into your footwell.

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    The reason that people do it into the footwell is so they can see/feel if the pump is pumping out water or not. Completely up to you where you have it discharge.

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    The location of the water hole is not as important as installing the pump. There are several things that could happen mechanically. There is also a factor known as HUMAN ERROR when one or both the drain plugs or not screwed in at all or not screwed in proper. Not sure all will admit it but it happens a lot. I will admit it I have been in a hurry around a busy boat ramp and not screwed my plugs in proper. After that my pump was installed the next day!!!

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