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Does the spark get much water in it when riding it hard? If so, how do you get it out? I had a manual bilge pump that I stuck beside the engine in an old 1995 Yamaha that I had- when water build up I would slide the seat back and manually pump it out. Needless to say, I have been out of the pwc world for a while. The hand bilge pump I used won't fit in the spark. How do you deal with water build up? Pull a plug and run it? I am trying to evaluate the need for the bilge pump option on a new spark. Thanks!
 

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Personally, I would install a bilge pump connected directly to the battery with a switch and fuse at minimum. When I installed mine, I bought weather pack connectors for the fuse panel, an on-none-on switch, and a 3 wire water proof connector. I used Sea Doo's bilge pump installation instructions for most of my install, bilge location, wiring to fuse panel, and fuse location. With the way Sea Doo does it you only have the pump running when the guage cluster is activated, so on switched power. I wanted to be able to run mine any time I wanted to. That is where the switch, connector, and some additional wiring comes in. I had the depth finder installed when I bought mine so I had the second "Accessory" fuse panel to use for an always hot feed for the pump. I ran a wire from the battery to the fuse panel, fuse panel to 3 wire connector, 3 wire connector to one switched leg of the switch. The other switched leg is the switched power from Sea Doo's installation instructions. The common leg of the switch goes to the positive connection of the pump. Ground from the pump is wired just like Sea Doo's installation instructions. All wires are going to/from the fuse panel's except for the "Always Hot" feed at the battery. Looks OEM, and all connections are waterproof.
 

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Does the spark get much water in it when riding it hard? If so, how do you get it out? I had a manual bilge pump that I stuck beside the engine in an old 1995 Yamaha that I had- when water build up I would slide the seat back and manually pump it out. Needless to say, I have been out of the pwc world for a while. The hand bilge pump I used won't fit in the spark. How do you deal with water build up? Pull a plug and run it? I am trying to evaluate the need for the bilge pump option on a new spark. Thanks!
Surprisingly i haven't had any water (not a drop) make its way in. i was worried because i took the upper body off for maintenance this year and when i re installed it it looked to be not as tight sealing as it was from the dealer but i took it out yesterday and rode pretty aggressively for 2 hours and not a drop came out!
 

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Personally, I would install a bilge pump connected directly to the battery with a switch and fuse at minimum. When I installed mine, I bought weather pack connectors for the fuse panel, an on-none-on switch, and a 3 wire water proof connector. I used Sea Doo's bilge pump installation instructions for most of my install, bilge location, wiring to fuse panel, and fuse location. With the way Sea Doo does it you only have the pump running when the guage cluster is activated, so on switched power. I wanted to be able to run mine any time I wanted to. That is where the switch, connector, and some additional wiring comes in. I had the depth finder installed when I bought mine so I had the second "Accessory" fuse panel to use for an always hot feed for the pump. I ran a wire from the battery to the fuse panel, fuse panel to 3 wire connector, 3 wire connector to one switched leg of the switch. The other switched leg is the switched power from Sea Doo's installation instructions. The common leg of the switch goes to the positive connection of the pump. Ground from the pump is wired just like Sea Doo's installation instructions. All wires are going to/from the fuse panel's except for the "Always Hot" feed at the battery. Looks OEM, and all connections are waterproof.

Thank you for all the info spark-orion.
 

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Thank you for all the info spark-orion.
Your welcome. XDRAIN is referring to the "Bailer Tubes". The pump creates a vacuum on the tubes and if water is in the hull, it will be sucked out. If you look at the pump, you will see a clear tube on top of the venturi. This is where the water is sucked out at.
 
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