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    It seems like I'm taking on water this year. I'm running the billage more often than normal. In the past years I would run the billage at the end of the day to get out the water that the skiers drug in, this year I am needing to run it about three times through out the day. Are there common areas for Mastercrafts to develop small leaks? Obviously I went through and checked the drain plugs already. Outside of that I haven't looked to deep yet. I plan on getting into it and starting to try and trace out leaks this week or next week. This is on my 06 X-30

  • #2
    Id check all Bilge lines for leaks and fat sacks for pin holes

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    • #3
      Most likely coming from the shaft packing if you've checked all of the other common areas. You can tighten slightly if you have never done so, but be sure there is still some dripping (once every 10 seconds or so). Replacing the packing is very simple and if you have not done so in the past it may be time. Good news is if this is your issue, it is a simple inexpensive fix. Good luck.

      http://www.skidim.com/prodinfo.asp?number=GFO3/16X24

      Ha..I take back how simple it is, I've always had direct drives. Looks like v-drives are a bit more fun.
      http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/...+shaft+packing
      2008 Prostar 197

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      • #4
        I assume the water is not from taking water over the bow or transom. Also check all your water cooling hoses. Make sure the clamps are nice and tight.
        Current: 2009 X-Star, Indmar 6L, 400hp, ZFT3 tower. c/w 1/9 scale R/C PWT X-Star

        Owned:
        2012 X25
        2011 X25
        2009 Moomba LSV
        2009 Moomba Outback V
        2008 Monterey FS180
        Pelican 4 set paddle boat
        plastic tug boat when I was 4

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        • #5
          mine is leaking from the rudder port quite badly

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          • #6
            I usually leak while I am waiting for my driver to pull me up, or i find a nice tree
            What does the fox say?

            Ring-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding...

            You know they all have a little string hanging out, but it's not a tampon, it's a price tag...

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Boostd_GSXR View Post
              It seems like I'm taking on water this year. I'm running the billage more often than normal. In the past years I would run the billage at the end of the day to get out the water that the skiers drug in, this year I am needing to run it about three times through out the day. Are there common areas for Mastercrafts to develop small leaks? Obviously I went through and checked the drain plugs already. Outside of that I haven't looked to deep yet. I plan on getting into it and starting to try and trace out leaks this week or next week. This is on my 06 X-30
              I had to change the raw water pump seal this year which was leaking more than I realized. Since then my bilge has been quite dry. unless I get rained on which has been WAY TOO
              often this year bilge pump rarely runs.
              Last edited by mikeg205; 08-13-2013, 08:28 AM.
              This forum is amazing with quality people.: I did not think i'd ever own an Inboard. Now I finally have a gorgeous 94 205 I am glad I have ya'll backing me up.

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              • #8
                Rudder port is the place I have seen water come in in the newer(2005 and up) boats.

                David Sword

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                • #9
                  The motor and hoses seem to be dry, I will check closer to be sure. I have not checked the rudder or shaft seals yet. Is there a good way to check those or just put the boat in the water then sit and watch the seals. Only have the three factory installed hard tanks in the boat. Hope one of those didn't crack or spring a leak. I'm guessing they are not fun to remove or replace.

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                  • #10
                    Two places that mine has developed leaks is the rub rail. We have started surfing more and due to this I have noticed more water in the boat. The other place is my fault letting off of the throttle a bit too fast and allowing the wave to rush over the back a bit. Not much but it does add up.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by sp00ky View Post
                      d. unless I get rained on which has been WAY TOO often this year bilge pump rarely runs.
                      +1

                      My boat is still drying out from this past Saturday.. What a wake that extra ballast throws!
                      Last edited by mikeg205; 08-13-2013, 08:29 AM.
                      2002 Maristar 230 VRS

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                      • #12
                        I've noticed quite a bit in my boat this year as well. The dripless packing is not leaking. Under the engine stays dry. All of the water is always pumped out by the front bilge pump. I plan on putting a hose into the bilge on the trailer and seeing if I can figure out where the water is coming from later this week.

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                        • #13
                          The best way to check is fill the bilge up with a water hose while the boat is on the trailer in your driveway. Obviously with the plug in and then crawl under the trailer and see where the water is leaking out.

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                          • #14
                            My 93 is the first boat I've ever owned that doesn't leak a drop... Ever. Two summers and have never turned the bilge pump on yet. Bone dry every time.

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                            • #15
                              I leak standing on the swim platform

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