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Leak in walkthrough, need some help diagnosing

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I have '05 VLX with the front MLS ballast. Every so often I notice water draining back from the foward section of the walkthough where it hits the carpeted access panel. I can't for the life of me find any screws holding that section togther so I can not figure out how to peak in there to see where the water is coming from. I had assumed it was some part of the ballast system leaking but I made a point to not fill the tank this weekend. The first day, no water. The second day...water showed up. I did have 4 people up there at one point right before it started leaking. Then the leak stopped after the girls moved to teh back of the boat. That leads me to believe that maybe additional wieght is lowering the nose and i'm taking on water somewhere i wouldn't normally (bow hook, through hull..etc.) What's wierd is that it is leaking at the floor level and not just into the bilge. Any ideas/fixes? Also anyone have any other ideas on how that walkthough piece can be removed? Thanks in advance.

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Honestly, I am having difficulty picturing what you are describing. Are you stowing wet anchor lines that could be running back?

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Foot, it is directly under the folding windshield where you walk to the front of the boat. The water is cold, just like the current lake temperature and dead center of the boat. There is no storage up there since the MLS tank fills the entire under cushion area. The heater works great.

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There are screws on each side in the carpet

You will have to hunt them down

Mine where an inch down from the top and about 7 in down

Sounds to me like the drain pump

Fitting is cracked

More people up front will cause more pressure on the fitting

Once the panel Is removed the drain pump Is right there easy to work on

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Thanks, ill continue to look for the screws. I think that's the only way I'll really figure out what the problem is. It has to be that pump, nothing else makes sense.

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