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Help with livewell pump out 99' Skeeter #13477886 03/19/20 04:48 AM
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I just purchased a 99 Skeeter Zx185c and can't figure out the pump out for the livewells. With both switches on the pumps run , but no water is leaving the livewells. I don't have an adjustable head in the livewells . Any help would be appreciated.


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Re: Help with livewell pump out 99' Skeeter [Re: MikeReed] #13478339 03/19/20 03:26 PM
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Are you trying to drain the live wells? If so, there is probably a cable operated "in line" drain valve in the bilge with a lever somewhere near the console to open and close the valve. There is a hose connecting the live well to an outlet at the transom. I have a Champion boat, not a Skeeter, but that is how it is set up.

The two switches/pumps are for recirculating and aerating the water in the live wells. The aerator just puts air bubbles into the water in the wells. The recirculator pumps water out of the livewells and replaces it with fresh water from the lake to help keep fish alive.

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Re: Help with livewell pump out 99' Skeeter [Re: MikeReed] #13479026 03/19/20 10:15 PM
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Thanks Wayne , I have a multitude of controls for my livewells. I have manual and auto switches for both port and starboard livewells on the dash. Also a timer ,I also have a 2 control levers at my feet for draining the live wells that have three settings empty is in the center ,recirculate and auto left and right, Just below the two controls for the Live Well I have two switches very similar to what's on the dash that have pump out port and starboard on them . Those are the two switches I can turn on and hear the pumps running but will not empty Live Well.


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Wow, I thought mine was complicated! I have no idea why you would even need all that stuff.

If you have control levers at your feet for draining the live wells, what is the purpose of the pump out circuits?

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Re: Help with livewell pump out 99' Skeeter [Re: lurenthewind] #13479534 03/20/20 04:41 AM
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Originally Posted by lurenthewind
Wow, I thought mine was complicated! I have no idea why you would even need all that stuff.

If you have control levers at your feet for draining the live wells, what is the purpose of the pump out circuits?

Wayne

If the boat is in the water, and there is water in the livewell, it won't drain (at least not without getting on pad). With a pump-out, you can empty the livewell of a floating boat.

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Originally Posted by MikeReed
Thanks Wayne , I have a multitude of controls for my livewells. I have manual and auto switches for both port and starboard livewells on the dash. Also a timer ,I also have a 2 control levers at my feet for draining the live wells that have three settings empty is in the center ,recirculate and auto left and right, Just below the two controls for the Live Well I have two switches very similar to what's on the dash that have pump out port and starboard on them . Those are the two switches I can turn on and hear the pumps running but will not empty Live Well.


The 3 position control valve actuator you have is a flowrite product. Read about it at flowrite.com. Your pump-out pumps are probably in series with the control valve's empty outlet. Have you tried placing that selector on "Empty" and then turning on the pump-out pump? This may be necessary for the water to get from the livewell to the intake of the pump-out pump.

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I have not tried that , but will do . Thanks


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OK, That makes sense, just never thought of needing to empty the live wells until the boat was on the trailer.

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Re: Help with livewell pump out 99' Skeeter [Re: lurenthewind] #13481213 03/21/20 07:31 AM
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OK, That makes sense, just never thought of needing to empty the live wells until the boat was on the trailer.

Wayne


We used to pump out in order to get our cool treated water into a weigh-in bag at the pump outlet. This lowered the water in the livewell while getting good water into the bag. The lower water made transferring thrashing toads a little easier!

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