View Full Version : Chrome Bilge and Ballast thru hull fittings
02-15-2008, 08:29 PM
Has anyone changed out the black rubber thru hull fittings for ballast and bilge?
Anyone know what size they are? I am thinking 3/4" or 1".. but is at storage and may be a bit for I can get back over to look/measure.
I found these at Overtons..
Any other suggestions?
02-16-2008, 10:20 PM
Wow those are nice and would add a nice touch, I would order them as well. Hiwever that doesn't answer your question 8)
While I think they look nice those are chrome plated plastic fittings. They can be easily damaged. You would do better to find real Stainless Steel or Brass ones. Boaters World.com and West Marine sell them.
02-17-2008, 09:03 PM
Zegm, you are correct. being cheapskate as I am , I am trying them.. Stainless ones are $25 each.. these are $5..
I did get to storage today and determined that it is 3/4" hose.. Got them on order.. we'll see how they look an hold up..
02-17-2008, 10:00 PM
Z I agree with you as well, but the stock ones are plastic right? so maybe they'll be ok :D
Most middle priced boats use the white plastic ones. My Proline has a zillion of them and they work fine. Now go spend your money on a Grady White and you get the real thing, of course that is why you pay 20k more! Yeah I just check, bronze 20 bucks for 3/4 and stainless 43 bucks. I am in the wrong business!
02-18-2008, 05:27 PM
See Z now your talking.
You engineer it and I'll run the factory. We'll make millions HA HA HA HA :D
02-23-2008, 07:27 PM
So I got the parts in this week. Spent the afternoon with her today.
Here is the result. Not a bad deal for $5 a piece. they are plastic but claim to be very durable/chip free. We'll see. Did all 4 in less than 1 hour. Wired in a couple more LED's today in the cockpit. tidied up the amp/sub wiring a bit, contemplated a impeller change.. admitted defeat and will schedule a service trip.
02-23-2008, 08:43 PM
I like it, I'm going to try them as well, but for now just 3 weeks of racing left, and we're dropping clutches like there free or something :lol:
02-24-2008, 12:04 PM
Very nice. I think that I will order them as well. Thanks for the pictures and post.
02-25-2008, 02:35 PM
how easy is it to replace those...i would love to do that too.
02-25-2008, 03:55 PM
not bad at all. You need a flat head, philips head, channel lock pliers and about 1 hr.
I found on my LSV that in the rear compartments, there is a small carpeted board at the top/front of the compartment that has 2 philips head screws in it. take it off first and you can get to the hoses easier.
Take the hose clamp off first, then take the nut off the back of the old thru hull fitting. Remove. Reverse. Literally 30 minutes for all 4.
The front one was a little harder as it is between the front storage compartment and the drivers console area. I found it easier to crawl backwards into the front underseat storage. take all tools with you so you don't have to crawl back out.. this one would be easier if you had a helper outside to put the new one back in..
I was very pleased with how they turned out. $20 for these 4. Stainless cost about $25 each. Would be nice to have stainless, but was not up for $100 on this project.
02-25-2008, 04:33 PM
I found some stainless ones from Defender Marine Outfitters for $15
02-25-2008, 06:39 PM
02-27-2008, 12:17 PM
I did this on day one. I got the chrome ones from the dealer and put them in my self. It was an easy upgrade.
02-27-2008, 01:10 PM
02-27-2008, 08:17 PM
I already ordered mine from Overtons. I should get them next week. I am jealous of the pictures of the boats outside. It's still too cold to hit the lake in Las Vegas.
Aquaholic-- I like your rims on the trailer. Where did you get them? If possible, can I get the name of the rim. I like to change mine out.
02-27-2008, 10:58 PM
Thanks Tazz, the wheels were an up grade when I ordered the boat. You can call Boatmate Trailers or go to there web site boatmatetrailers.com and buy direct or thru your dealer. They are the aluminum wheel at is still offer at SC. Tell them Zach Cannaday sent you. I sell you mine today cause I want this wheel set asap.
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