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  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Muskoka, Ontario

    Default Shut off ballast ball valves when boat left in water for a week?

    Is it a good idea to turn off the 3 ball valves for the ballast if leaving the boat in the water for a week? We don't have a boat lift so it stays at our dock all week untill we come up the next weekend.

    Only thing I worry about is something coming off and water flooding the bilge.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Traverse City, MI


    I never shut mine off and haven't had a problem, my boat stays in 7 months out of the year.
    2013 Outback V

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Eugene OR


    I agree with Ian. I have left my boat in the water all summer and no issues. I go camping and leave her in the water for a week without any issues.

    On the other side if it gives you piece of mind then do it. It will take 30 sec's to shut them off and turn them on. i have found that no matter what other people do if i worry about my boat at night i will not sleep so i will take the extra step just for my own piece of mind.
    2008 Outback V - Sold but never forgotten.
    “Do not wait; the time will never be “just right.” Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along." -Napoleon Hill

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Tallahassee, FL


    It's a very simple precaution and well worth the peace of mind. Pretty easy to reach too.
    My Mom said I'm not allowed to get wet!
    2008 LSV (sold)
    2000 Outback LS (sold)

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