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Ballast troubles on 2017 242XE

Discussion in '2017 Yamaha Boats' started by Osric, Sep 1, 2017.

  1. Osric

    Osric Member

    Messages:
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    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2017
    Boat Model:
    242X E-Series
    Boat Length:
    24
    The center ballast bag on my new 242XE seems to have developed a leak - the seal around where the quick disconnect fitting is does not stay flush to the fitting - and looking at the center tank it looks to me that if I plug the drain fitting I can just fill it as a hard tank.

    Has anyone done this / are there any issues with doing it? Or alternately, is there actual proper documentation for the ballast system anywhere? I am fairly sure that I have no info at all on how to use or calibrate the system in any doc from Yamaha.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Julian

    Julian Jetboaters Fleet Admiral Staff Member Administrator

    Messages:
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    Location:
    Raleigh, NC 27614
    Ratings:
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    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2016
    Boat Model:
    242X E-Series
    Boat Length:
    24
    Post a photo of the fitting if you can....

    I'm not aware of any ballast documentation either.
     
  3. haknslash

    haknslash Jetboaters Captain

    Messages:
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    Location:
    Alabaster, AL
    Ratings:
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    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2016
    Boat Model:
    AR192
    Boat Length:
    19
    I wouldn't fill the center locker with water as that's just going to dump into your engine area and bilge when you pull the plug in the center locker and engine area plug. Get some lead weights.
     
  4. Osric

    Osric Member

    Messages:
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    Ratings:
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    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2017
    Boat Model:
    242X E-Series
    Boat Length:
    24
    I don't see why I couldn't pump the water out again with the ballast pump.

    Osric
     
  5. Julian

    Julian Jetboaters Fleet Admiral Staff Member Administrator

    Messages:
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    Location:
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    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2016
    Boat Model:
    242X E-Series
    Boat Length:
    24
    It is just going to slosh around and go over the upper walls of the compartment.....I'd just get the fitting fixed...way easier!
     
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  6. haknslash

    haknslash Jetboaters Captain

    Messages:
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    Location:
    Alabaster, AL
    Ratings:
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    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2016
    Boat Model:
    AR192
    Boat Length:
    19
    It's one thing to turn the center ski locker into a party cooler but it's another to try and fill it to use it as ballast. As Julian said it would just slosh around and leak out. Get the ballast fixed. In the meantime if you want ballast there get some lead weights and not flood your compartment.
     
  7. Kane

    Kane Jet Boat Lover

    Messages:
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    Location:
    Harrison Maine
    Ratings:
    +111 / 0
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2016
    Boat Model:
    242X E-Series
    Boat Length:
    24
    As said above, this would be a bad idea, the water would go everywhere!
     
  8. jcyamaharider

    jcyamaharider Event Sponsor Event Sponsor

    Messages:
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    Location:
    Gerald, Mo
    Ratings:
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    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2017
    Boat Model:
    242X E-Series
    Boat Length:
    24
    The fitting on the bag are cheap and you can buy them from Wakemakers. I would do that. Or it could be as simple as a faulty O-ring. Pictures are worth 1000 words.
     
  9. DirkG

    DirkG New Member

    Messages:
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    Location:
    Port Angeles, WA
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2017
    Boat Model:
    242X E-Series
    Boat Length:
    24
    @Osric
    The fitting on my bag was leaking when it was really new( less than 10 hours), I took it to the dealer, the hose was routed wrong, and the fitting was broken. They replaced the fitting and re-routed the hose. Now works great.
    2017 242X
     

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