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ESP Center tube bilge pump

Discussion in 'Pontoon Forum' started by jsur, Aug 24, 2014.

  1. BulldogsCadillac

    BulldogsCadillac Just some guy

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    Not necessarily. I have never had my boat out in the rain, and have never taken a wave over the front, yet I had water in mine. I find that sometimes I would get a bit of water in there while doing really hard turning at speed. At least I'm assuming that was how it got in there! 
     
  2. ct0218

    ct0218 Well-Known Member

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    I remember someone else on the forum last year had the same thing happen, apparently water being forced in  somewhere in  hard turns. I think most get water in there from rain though, I know mine came in that way. That said, when you look at the way water splashes off the two outer pontoons during hard turns I would think most anyone with a larger outboard and making hard turns would possibly get some water forced in through the smallest opening somewhere between the underdeck wave shield and the pontoons.
     
  3. Kahlua0517

    Kahlua0517 Well-Known Member

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    Are you saying that it's normal for the center pontoon to leak, meaning that it's not fully sealed on the outside?
     
  4. FarNorth

    FarNorth Well-Known Member

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    We get water from condensation in ours. The lake water / center toon is significantly cooler than the air and sometimes looks like the outside of a cold beer can on a hot day.
     
  5. BulldogsCadillac

    BulldogsCadillac Just some guy

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    Not "leak", but there has to be cut outs and some barriers when you have center tube storage, so there is the possibility of some water getting forced into places it shouldn't be. This is just my assumption. FarNorth's comment also has a lot of merit as well. It isn't a substantial amount that accumulates in mine, but I check it every so often. 
     
  6. Link

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    I am sure condensation is part of the cause but I would think that it happens more on the outside of the tube rather than the inside.  Has TB made a statement on this?
     
  7. Geoffrey & Brenda

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    I would guess that Bennington put a bilge pump in there for a good reason, while it is not designed to "leak" it is an area where water could get into, be it from aggressive boating, wet people, rain, water over the bow, etc.
     
  8. lakeliving

    lakeliving Well-Known Member

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    you forgot restroom.

    It is odd how water would get in there from heavy driving. Seems like a sealing issue from the underside.
     
  9. JSM

    JSM Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the info.
     
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    Dana Therrien New Member

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    I've read a couple of responses here. I stored my 2016 RFSB with ESP with a non-bennington dealer. I"m picking it up on saturday and they called me to tell me my center bilge is not working when they turn on the bilge switch. I thought I saw in a response that the center bilge is automatic and does not work with the switch. Can anyone confirm if that's the case. @bennington can you confirm?
     
  11. Vikingstaff

    Vikingstaff Well-Known Member

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    My toggle switch is “off” in the center setting, and “auto” toggled one way, and simply “on” when toggled the other way. I can confirm that when toggled to “on”, it turns on and tries to pump. When in “auto” it pumps intermittently presumably as needed.

    I have a 2017 SSBXP with an SPS hull, but I’d assumed they pretty much work the same. However, that’s a quest on my part as I am not familiar with 2016 R-series boats.
     

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