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2016 240 Ballast Setup Question: Valves?

Scottie

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@Scottie do you have a link to those cleats? Do they match? Babbitt’s shows $110 each for the actual Yamaha cleat.
They do match. (2013 212x). I got them from Amazon. Part #F1T-U1616-11-00. Should be able to find them for $70 or less.
 

CNofo

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I'm making progress, but it is a LOT of work.
I will start a new thread when I'm a bit more advanced and when I know it's working.

I finished what I think was probably one of the most taxing and stressful jobs I have ever done on any boat (and that includes transom rebuilds). I installed the intakes/drains. Very happy with the results, I will fill in the details - there is a lot to it.
Here is just a quick pic or two of the finished product:
(outside - right over the "rudder")
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(inside - I'm gonna need a chiropractor, lol)
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I see you didn’t install shutoff valves for the inlets. I was wondering if that’s a step that can be skipped?
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swatski

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I see you didn’t install shutoff valves for the inlets. I was wondering if that’s a step that can be skipped?
Good question! It's a choice I made, after weighing perceived risks of various possible points of intake failure. How much safer, or less safe, would the final install be with vs w/o big valves?

For starters, those intakes, the way they have been installed, are many times more secure than all other factory through-hull fittings, cooling hoses and clamps, etc., so definitely not the weakest points for potential failure w/catastrophic water entry, at least not my mind, lol.

My thinking is/was - the FRP hulls of these newer Yami boats are so thin - I just didn't like the idea of having a bunch of heavy duty brass valves sitting there, each one w/~ two pounds of brass on a stalk wiggling about (assuming large enough size for I.D. w/o restrictions); I'd be worried about those things shaking back there and possibly cracking the FRP shell, especially when trailering, and we do trailer a bunch.

Personally, the way I ended up securing the intakes, considering the type of hoses and materials used, I feel much better about it as far as structural integrity and chances of failure as compared to having 4 heavy valves sitting in a small area at the bottom of the bilge.

The boat has been through a lot of highway miles and some very rough waters and everything holds up with no signs of material fatigue.
YMMV, that's just the way I think about it.

EDIT: and, of course, I do have excellent electric valves in the form of reversible pumps, that I operate from the dashboard, they are sitting two feet up in the wet compartments.
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CNofo

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I agree with the bulky ball shutoff valves being in that location. What about a in line shutoff spliced into hose a little from the bottom? I am wanting to install at least 3 for my 2015 AR240 and just looking for pics and advice before ordering.

Parts costs? I was wondering if there are parts that you can do without or must haves??

$500 per unit sounds like?
 

swatski

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I agree with the bulky ball shutoff valves being in that location. What about a in line shutoff spliced into hose a little from the bottom? I am wanting to install at least 3 for my 2015 AR240 and just looking for pics and advice before ordering.

Parts costs? I was wondering if there are parts that you can do without or must haves??

$500 per unit sounds like?
Absolutely, that would work, better than a heavy brass gizmos, or the stupid Yamaha plastic seacock intakes - I had seen those broke from sitting on trailer bunks...

I would go with Wake Makers for quality and good fit. @haknslash has just been dealing with them, he should have fresh intelligence. They give a discount to our members.

In my experience, they are not the cheapest but they have high quality products and they are helpful in designing and putting together your system, as long as you are patient and call several times until you click with a rep/advisor you like/trust.

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