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where to to a ballast manifold?


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iv got everything i need to add a auto ballast system, i plan on using 1 1 1/2 thru-hull, to shutoff valve, to some kind of manifold, to 3 1200gph tsunami pumps. one for each bag. but im really struggling as to where to put it. it either hits, the cooling system intake, depth finder, prop shaft, or something else! what has everyone else done? its a 96 sunsetter vlx. and iv already bought the 1 1/2 thruhull, and dont wanna order 2 more to avoid using a manifold although restrospectivly it may have been easier. and does anyone else see a problem in not being able to remove the whole thing once assembling and installed?

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I'm making a very similar system and am almost done getting parts. I'm going to use an electric sprinkler valve for my through hull shutoff. I was planning on mounting the pumps right under the floor below the back seat of our boat. There is an access panel there that allows you to get to the rudder. I figure the spot between the stringers right in front of the rudder would work best.

Where do you plan on putting your drain pumps? I was going to see if mine would prime under the floor. It would be so nice to have all of them under the floor and out of the way.

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drain pumps directly to the bags, mines a v-drive though, so accesss is alot differerent. thers no room to get near my rudder. and space is limited there anyways

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I've seen the drain pump right on the bags, but do they have to be right at the bag? If they are under the floor will they not prime? I'd love to hide them and just run a tube since my sacs lay right on the floor on either side of the motor box. It would be a bummer if the pump has to lay on the floor our where ti will get stepped on. :unsure: I'm just thinking since the drain pumps will be below the floor, the drain line will always be full between the full sacs and the drain pumps. Am I thinking right or am I missing something?

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