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Old 04-18-2021, 04:43 PM
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Default 2007 Edgewater 228cc Fresh Water System pump or tank problem

I need help guys.
I just bought a used 2007 Edgewater 228cc. I love the boat but I can't figure out why the freshwater system only works when I top off the system at the docks.

When I first turn on the freshwater pump, the sprayer at the stern just sputters so I tried topping off the water tank. After a couple min I can get water to come out the sprayer. Even though I top off the tank, when I go out I find that the fresh water sprayer does not work again.

Someone asked if the pump stops after building pressure. It does not I can hear that it keeps humming until I turn off the pump switch.
I'm not sure if there is a air leak in the freshwater system, or worse a leak in the fresh water tank. After getting back to the dock was able to get 5-10 more gallons into the 20gal tank. I thought the tank was leaking in the hull, but someone said i would have found water in the hull or heard the bilge working to pump the water out. I didn't find water near the bilge or hear it run while in the boat.
Is it possible that the fresh water pump is ejecting the water off the boat while the pump is building pressure and I'm not noticing?

Anyone have a suggestion what I should check? Or better yet does anyone have a Edgewater 228 that can tell me what a working freshwater system should act on the boat.




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Old 04-18-2021, 05:49 PM
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It sounds like you have a leak somewhere.

I have an Edgewater 245cc and I imagine the fresh water system was designed to work the same way. When I have water in my tank and then the fresh water switch on, the pump builds pressure in the system until it reaches a set pressure (30psi maybe?) and then the pump automatically turns off until I use the fresh water washdown or the transom shower (thus relieving the pressure in the system) and it starts the cycle again. If I run my system dry, it sputters the last few ounces of water out and the pump keeps running because it isnít able to build pressure in the system.

my guess is that you have a leak in your system somewhere. It could be the tank, a cracked hose, or a missing hose clamp. When you put water in the tank, donít use the fresh water system, but then are able to put more water into the tank that means the original water went somewhere (into your bilge). I donít think I would notice my bilge pump working if I were running the boat so my guess is that it kicked on and didnít notice because of background noise.

to fix the issue youíre going to have to find the leak. I would fill the fresh water tank and poke your head around in the bilge until you see water dribbling out of somewhere. Once you find the leak, patch or replace the part that failed and youíll be good to go.
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Originally Posted by Salty22 View Post
It sounds like you have a leak somewhere.

I have an Edgewater 245cc and I imagine the fresh water system was designed to work the same way. When I have water in my tank and then the fresh water switch on, the pump builds pressure in the system until it reaches a set pressure (30psi maybe?) and then the pump automatically turns off until I use the fresh water washdown or the transom shower (thus relieving the pressure in the system) and it starts the cycle again. If I run my system dry, it sputters the last few ounces of water out and the pump keeps running because it isnít able to build pressure in the system.

my guess is that you have a leak in your system somewhere. It could be the tank, a cracked hose, or a missing hose clamp. When you put water in the tank, donít use the fresh water system, but then are able to put more water into the tank that means the original water went somewhere (into your bilge). I donít think I would notice my bilge pump working if I were running the boat so my guess is that it kicked on and didnít notice because of background noise.

to fix the issue youíre going to have to find the leak. I would fill the fresh water tank and poke your head around in the bilge until you see water dribbling out of somewhere. Once you find the leak, patch or replace the part that failed and youíll be good to go.
Excuse my newbie question, but when pressure builds up for the system is it building up in the freshwater tank itself or is it like a pressure washer that builds up pressure in a seperate air tank.

One wierd thing with the freshman water tank in my 228CC is when I fill it, I have to fill for 5 sec until the water is over flowing from the fill port. Then wait for the water to recede into the tank before filling again. I would guess I'm only getting 1/4 gal (or less) water in everytime I go thru this cycle.
Is this normal or does that tell us there is something else wrong?
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Have an 04 - I had a small leak where the hose attached to the pump itself. Had to tighten the worm gear hose clamp right at the pump. Was leaking air pressure
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I noticed that the factory seems to use some kind of sealant under the hoses before they put the hose clamps on to connect to fitting. Seems like a good idea to me to prevent air and water leaks in the long run
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Fill the tank, turn the pump on and observe the pump. Do you see any water spraying out around the hose fittings?
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Originally Posted by OCPapa View Post
Excuse my newbie question, but when pressure builds up for the system is it building up in the freshwater tank itself or is it like a pressure washer that builds up pressure in a seperate air tank.

One wierd thing with the freshman water tank in my 228CC is when I fill it, I have to fill for 5 sec until the water is over flowing from the fill port. Then wait for the water to recede into the tank before filling again. I would guess I'm only getting 1/4 gal (or less) water in everytime I go thru this cycle.
Is this normal or does that tell us there is something else wrong?
I dont think the boat has an accumulator tank if that's what you're asking. There isn't a lot of pressure built up and "stored" but the system does use a pressure sensitive switch to know when to turn the pump off
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I would bet money its a bad pump. Just replace the pump, getting to the tank I think is impossible. I have the a 2005 225 and the pump is located in the center console and as far as boats go, pretty easy to replace. I found the mounting pattern on the replacement Jabsco Parmax pump to be slightly different, so I mounted it first on a small piece of starboard so I could use the same holes, as they go thru to the exterior of the console.
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If the pump doesn't shut itself off automatically, it's either bad or there's a leak in the lines somewhere. If it's accessible, disconnect the hoses and turn it on. Should be 30-40 psi at the discharge side. If not, start checking all upstream connections and hoses. There might be something blocking the discharge end of the tank. You'll know as soon as you disconnect that hose from the pump.

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