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Lots of water in the ski locker...

I have a 2007 Sanpan 2500RE with triple tubes with a ski locker in the center tube. After a day of tubing the ski locker was completely full of water. the bottom of the deck has metal sheeting. That seems an insane amount of water to get in and I can't figure out where its coming from. thinking its coming in between the deck and the top of the tube.


  • bahama_bluebahama_blue Member Posts: 1
    I have a 2008 Sanpan with this same issue. The Bilge pump was working then would kick out, I'm unable to climb into the locker so I used my cell phone and selfie stick to video what is going on in the hole with the pump and seen some wood chips looking debris under the storage plate floating around the base of the pump. I just bought the Tritoon used so not sure how that got down in there, or how to get it out. Mine appears to be taking on a lot of water somewhere during higher speed travel. Water level doesn't increase when going below 15 mph or when parked. 1.Any ideas how to tell where water is coming in? 2.Is being a tiny person the only way to service the bilge pump in the rear of the ski locker? 3. Any advice on getting debris out of bottom  of the tube (under welded in plate)?
  • lgc12lgc12 Member Posts: 2
    I have a 2014 Aqua Patio 240 Elite with the EXACT same issue.
    LOTS of water in the ski locker that is apparently getting in only when the boat is under way.
    It is NOT rain water entering the ski locker.
    There is a factory installed bilge pump, but it was not working, but only because I did not have the switch on.
    My concern is "why SO MUCH water?".
    There is also a "vertically" mounted bubble level installed on the baffle wall of the ski locker just above the bilge pump.
    I am guessing that this arrangement may be some kind of "ballast" system designed into this boat.
    Am I wrong?
  • MollyAdminMollyAdmin USAAdministrator Posts: 14 admin
    From the Warranty dept "There is a large amount of turbulence and spray that occurs under a pontoon boat at higher speeds. This spray will find its way to the front, sides and rear of the ski locker and can work its way inside an build up over time. Because of this and condensation a bilge bump is installed in the back bottom of the ski locker underneath the rubber matt. This pump can be accessed for service or replacement from the outside of the locker by laying on the floor and reaching inside to the pump. There is no bubble level or ballast inside the locker or boat. That is a light that can be found on more current models.

     If further assistance is needed, please make arrangements to bring the boat to an authorized Godfrey dealer who is familiar with the boat."

  • rlamontarlamonta Member Posts: 2
    Lots of water in ski locker on my NEW 2020 Sanpan 2600 ULW.  I purchased this boat with the Yamaha 425 XTO offshore engine expecting to get the speed and efficiency out of this set up. Very unhappy with performance and level (back end sitting very low in water) of boat once water gets in. Top speed and rpms and fuel consumption are compromised significantly. Boat will be going back to the factory at the end of the season for route cause analysis and correction.  Will not be able to live with my new purchase if this problem does not get fixed. Love the boat and how it handles otherwise. Hoping for a positive outcome.
  • dbushdbush Member Posts: 3
    This is interesting.  For those of you that are seeing a lot of water in the ski locker, is it after driving at higher speeds for long periods of time?
  • rlamontarlamonta Member Posts: 2
    My boat is sitting about 5 inches lower in the water than normal. Water seems to be getting in at slower speeds as well. Certainly didn’t invest the money I did to putt around at slow speeds. Top speed WAS 52 mph @ 5800 rpms. Most days I can’t even get over 5000 rpm’s @ 40 mph with bilge pump coming on and off. I bought a new boat for the purpose of not having to deal with these types of issues??? I have been patient all summer. Need help! 
  • lgc12lgc12 Member Posts: 2

    I get water in my ski locker all the time.
    And by lots I mean at least 1/3 of a tank full!
    I run at "Optimized" speed and for a good while as we are sight seeing.
    I run the bilge occasionally to "lighten" my "load" as I don't have an auto-bilge system.
    And then when the boat is pulled out of the water and am sligntly uphill I turn on the bilge to empty the ski locker 60 plus gallons of water in the locker.
    I cannot figure out how it is getting in there!
    My only guess is that when slowing down or stopping that maybe water is "backwashing" over the tank and into the ski locker.

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