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    Default Manually empty ballast bags, 2007 LSV

    On the lake yesterday & center ballast wouldn't empty. Was able to manually empty through bilge. Has anyone had to manually empty the rear ballast bags? If so how did u empty them? Don't want to get stuck on lake w/rears full & pumps quit. Would like to think of an option, makes me a little nervous.
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    Basically the pumps get air locked. They get an air bubble and won't prime.

    When it happened to me on the rears I stood on the bag. It primed the pump.

    If the pump stops completely just unplug the hose from the pump.

    An option is get a couple quick release hose connections and put them inline of the drain pump then you can drain to bilge.


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    Helpful, thanks. The pump will fill the bag, just not empty it? Could this still be a priming issue?
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    You have a couple of options. First and foremost, I'd check the fuses and/or do what mike said about the priming.

    That said, it would be plenty easy to make up a connector on an over the side pump that you could connect to the fill or the vent line.

    I have aerator pumps on my 3 big bags, and I have a reversible pump that does my side under the seat bag. When I plumbed my reversible pump, I put in a TEE valve that goes to a hose I can connect. At the other end of the hose is a fitting I can attach to one of my other bags should I have a problem where one of the pumps went out... It's obviously a lot of extra work and fittings for something that might never get used... But I think I did have to use it once, and I like to be over-prepared.
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    Default Manually empty ballast bags, 2007 LSV

    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Sedlak View Post
    Helpful, thanks. The pump will fill the bag, just not empty it? Could this still be a priming issue?
    On your boat fill and drain are different pumps.

    All the fills are T off 1 pump but each bag gets a separate drain

    Another option get a PVC T valve install on drain line when you air lock just open it to bilge




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