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#1 robeport

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Posted 03 March 2018 - 01:30 PM

Ok, maybe I'm just a little bit slow but the manual ballast levers seem to be stuck? Haven't taken the boat out yet but was getting everything setup and checking through everything. When I try to pull down the levers to the open position they don't budge... Am I missing something here?

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#2 robeport

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Posted 03 March 2018 - 01:38 PM

Nevermind. I broke them loose.
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Posted 03 March 2018 - 02:59 PM

typically, they're super tough at first. They loosen up a bit after a few ups and downs



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Posted 03 March 2018 - 03:02 PM

And so it starts lol ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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Posted 03 March 2018 - 03:03 PM

Better โ€œstickyโ€ this thread admin ๐Ÿ˜
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Posted 03 March 2018 - 05:52 PM

I spray mine down with silicone after every use. I'm trying to see how long my valves will go with proper maintenance. 2016 electric valves.

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Posted 03 March 2018 - 06:03 PM

I spray mine down with silicone after every use. I'm trying to see how long my valves will go with proper maintenance. 2016 electric valves.

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What, exactly, are you spraying?  Are you just spraying into the ballast intakes or are you actually opening up the valve access and spraying some components of the electric valves?



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Posted 03 March 2018 - 06:13 PM

Just spraying into the valve opening around the seal. My thought (and I could be wrong) is if the gate gets stuck (as Robeports did) and you go to open it... That is when the gear strips out.

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Posted 03 March 2018 - 06:17 PM

I have not heard of that happening. Maybe they are just stiff.

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#10 robeport

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Posted 03 March 2018 - 09:17 PM

We took it out today and cycled them a few times. They are very smooth now. I really had to reef on them the first time to break them loose.
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Posted 20 March 2018 - 06:16 AM

I do the exact same thing. Still on my original '15 gate valves. *knocks on wood

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Posted 20 March 2018 - 08:40 AM

We took it out today and cycled them a few times. They are very smooth now. I really had to reef on them the first time to break them loose.

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#13 adam4x4

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Posted 20 March 2018 - 10:46 AM

When your boat is out of the water leave the gates open. Knock on wood I have never had a bad gate. 400 hrs on my 2010 and 200 hrs on my 16.


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