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Where to install ballast pumps

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ecj

Hi all, looking to tap into your collective expertise. I am finally installing reversible pumps for my 2 750# ski locker fat sacs. Tired of throwing the portable pump overboard!

My question is where have people found to be good place to mount the pumps, timers and thru hulls? Each bag will have its own 1" thru hull and pump.

Boat is a 99 Sunsetter VLX.

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BlackBluMalibu

If you have room, on the sidewall of the center rear seat on each side of the vdrive.  I mounted 3 in that area on a cross bar above the vdrive but I understand that the older boats may not have quite as much clearance above it.  

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ecj

Great install, thanks for the reply and pic. Any words of wisdom for thru hull placement?

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Kojak

Thru hulls on port side in the engine compartment and pumps mounted underneath rear corner seats.

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ecj

Thank you very much for the info! The pictures really help. I am really looking forward to "automatic" fill and drain.

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minnmarker

I've got all 3 under the port rear corner seat as they share one 1-1/4 thru hull.  Just bolted through the seat support wall.  Different levels to accommodate the hoses.  It's an easy place especially if you don't have to pack every inch with gear etc on your outings.

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Choiceind
3 hours ago, BlackBluMalibu said:

If you have room, on the sidewall of the center rear seat on each side of the vdrive.  I mounted 3 in that area on a cross bar above the vdrive but I understand that the older boats may not have quite as much clearance above it.  

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Since you actually used the ID portion of the threaded in-out fill ports, does it seem slower? I usually see the hose over in-out. Seems like it would choke it off a little bit more.

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NWBU

I have the pumps on the sides of the v-drive and the thru-hulls are similar to Kojak’s.

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Kojak

My boat had enough unused switches that I was able to put all three ballast pump switches in the factory switch panel. 

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BlackBluMalibu
2 hours ago, Choiceind said:

Since you actually used the ID portion of the threaded in-out fill ports, does it seem slower? I usually see the hose over in-out. Seems like it would choke it off a little bit more.

My rear 750s fill in about 7 minutes and the 1000lb front sac fills in about 10-11 minutes.  each has dedicated pump and my starboard does fill fastest as it has the 1 inch fill whereas the other two have 3/4 inch inlets.  I was too lazy to drill extra holes and just used the 3/4 inch drains with the “T” handles.  Hope this helps.

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Chia

The good news is this thread had the best reversible pump rack installation I have seen.

Bad news the pics taken from us by Photobucket.

 

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Ndawg12

I would bet @TimbrSS still has these pics available.  It's an impressive install and I've surfed the results :thumbup:

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G-Mack
8 hours ago, NWBU said:

I have the pumps on the sides of the v-drive and the thru-hulls are similar to Kojak’s.

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I put my pumps on the same spot either side of the v-drive  and mounted the relays up near the pop up pylon so no risk of water impacting. Switches are down by the kill switch

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ecj

Thank you again for all your inputs, I have a good idea where I will place things. I hope my install looks as good as all of yours!

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