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    Default water in the hull

    I recently purchaced a 1998 seadoo gsx. I left it in the water for the first time
    only to find water in the hull. water level was a little over the top of the battery. ski was not started, just pulled out of water and drained. I suspect the trim seal probally leaks but have not checked for sure. I am more concerned about any possible damage to engine. What steps should I take to be sure nothing happened to the engine or any other components?

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    Default Re: water in the hull

    besides the trim boot , check the carbon seal and engine mounts .

    you will want to check all electric connections . get the engine started so you know it has no water in the engine . and oil down everything .
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    Default Re: water in the hull

    Whenever a watercraft is subjected to alot of water inside the hull, there is a chance it got into the motor too. ALWAYS remove the sparkplugs and use the starter motor to make sure that there is not water inside of the engine. This prevents such things as broken reeds, burnt out starter solenoids and a few other bad things that can happen.
    Always open any submerged electrical boxes to see if they have water in them. If they get submerged, they usually do have water in them, Dry them out. That includes the VTS box.

    Next thing is to find the leak and fix it. Typical places to look are the driveshaft seal, the VTS boot, around the pump support plate where the water fittings are, the bailers in the bottom of the hull.

    Many times, the water is in there before you park it, after riding the watercraft, and you do not realize it. This could happen if you have any kind of water or exhaust hose leaking, a bad driveshaft seal, a bailer tube missing in the nozzel or the bailer tubes have come loose and fell from their high perch mounting in the hull.

    Always visually check your hull for water throughout the day.

    The best insurance from swamping is to beach the watercraft and do not leave it in the water overnite.
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    Default Re: water in the hull

    Thanks for the info.. Water did get into the engine. I've removed the plugs, removed any water and tried to start the engine. It fires and starts for a second or two but have not been able to get it running. Need to replace plugs after being fouled from oiling cylinders down. I believe I located the leak. Found water coming in very slowly from the water inlet hose/fitting at rear of hull. I have not gotten to the repairing yet. I am more concerned with getting engine running again. Needed to recharge battery, so still hoping everything is o.k.. If you have any other input, that would be great. Thanks.

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    Default Re: water in the hull

    watch teh video on clearing your engine of water. it might be too late but it might now. just do it ASAP

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