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  • Live Well Question....

    While the audience is small I thought I would ask a dumb question.

    How the hell does my live well work on my 93 211CC? There is just one line coming in from the transom to the in floor mounted live well. This pipe has a on/off value on it. There is no pump so obviously there seems to be no way to circulate water. All the damn thing does now is collect rain water. Help me quick before the SCOUTS get here....

    1993 Mako211CC

    200 Black box
    Ron[br]26 Regulator CC[br] \"Blood Shot\"[br]Mt Laurel & Tuckerton NJ[br]www.bizprosolutions.com

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    Yeah thats the same set-up that mine had prior to the sawz-all/skil saw party. You could get creative and cut 2 holes in the livewell tank a few inches from the top of the tank. Then put a pump in the line after that ball-cock which would bring water into the tank through one of the holes. The make the other hole a drain and run a hose to and through the nearest gunwale where water can drain out. This way you'll have a system that is replacing the water while the boat is sitting. While running, your gonna be SOL unless you make your water pick up on the bottom of the boat.

    Or you could go the easy route like I did and just put a Rule aerator pump in the tank. You'll have to put some fresh water inthere every now and then, but its less plumbing.


    Slidell, LA 1993 Mako 261B - Temperance

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    • #3
      Thanks Eddie,

      I was hoping I wasn't overlooking something obvious.

      This is a great site.....Good Luck with it..

      Bring on the SCOUTS...[]

      Ron

      1993 Mako211CC

      200 Black box
      Ron[br]26 Regulator CC[br] \"Blood Shot\"[br]Mt Laurel & Tuckerton NJ[br]www.bizprosolutions.com

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      • #4
        SCOUTS are over rated[][][:0][:0][][]


        Slidell, LA 1993 Mako 261B - Temperance

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        • #5
          Mine is rigged with a pump and aerator, through hull pick up and exhaust hole. Kinda rinky dink the way they come from the factory.

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          • #6
            Not a dumb question at all! I have owned two Mako's and I am not 100% sure how they work either.

            My 1991 Mako 231....has a raw water intake under the hull, which then passes thru a bronze ball check ( I installed it) and then goes to a plastic valve, which leads to an aerator pump that sprays the water the livewell.

            The drain on the bottom of livewell, connects to a waste tube that divides in two. One section recirculates back to the aerator pump and another section drains to bronze ball check ( I added this) and bronze thru-hull at the transom.

            On the top portion of my livewell, I also have an overflow drain that goes via a waste tube to a bronze check valve ( I added this...only lets water out, not in) and a bronze thruw hull on the transom. I am thinking of adding a pump with a built in float switch to this line so that any of the overflow water is forced out of the boat by the pressure from the pump. Has anyone tried this method....pump water in and then pump it out?

            Also, on my Mako there is one more thru-hull that is connected via waste tube to the gas tank compartment. Anyone know what purpose this serves? I know it is a factory piece because it is listed in my owners manual but I am not sure what the heck it does. Maybe drain out excess fuel in the event of a tank failure???

            Ed Mancini

            1991 Mako 231

            Tournament Edition

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            • #7
              Ed, sounds like someone had another bait well up front somewhere. Lot of folks convert the cooler in front of the console. Or could be for raw water wash........

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              • #8
                I was able to re-rig mine with the stock original setup.

                It is made by Mayfair and it should look like this...



                The aerator tube goes in the hole in the top of the livewell. This hole then connects to a hose that runs out the side near the transom. There are two valves on the aerator tube. One forces the water to recirculate through the tube and the other allows water out the hose.

                When you are not moving or moving slow, you can leave the drain plug out and leave each valve open half which replaces the water in the livewell and aerates it at the same time. When running, put the drain plug in and put close the pump-out valve. It is a very effective system and will keep bunker and or snappers alive all the way to the tuna grounds.

                Also, if you don't have shore power and are concerned about battery drain, Cabelas sells this...



                It is a variable timer switch that cycles your livewell every 10 seconds to 2 minutes. This way you can get your bait the night before and not worry about your batteries.

                This is probably way more information than you were looking for, but this is the setup we use and it is very effective.

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                • #9
                  I swear that was not there before, but obviously it works now...

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                  • #10
                    You should be able to edit your posts... I just checked. To edit your post you'll use the little icon that looks like this:

                    I posted your pic for you. I had to cut a bunch of jargon off of the link for the pic that you gave and it worked okay after that.


                    Slidell, LA 1993 Mako 261B - Temperance

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                    • #11
                      Alcedo-

                      It is definitely not another thru-hull that someone added for an extra livewell. It is actually listed in my owners manual as a "gas tank overflow" or something like that. I guess the only way I will find out is when I rip the tank out next winter.

                      Mako 258-

                      Thanks for the info on the livewell system. I will look into installing it in the spring. right now she is wrapped up for the winter...so she doesn't get frostbite

                      Thanks all.

                      Ed

                      Ed Mancini

                      1991 Mako 231

                      Tournament Edition

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