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Old 11-08-2018, 11:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Miss Trial View Post
To keep from having that water rotation in your two blue livewels, why wouldn't you make the jets straight in or straight down?

the baits will will keep their heads into the current, rather than slamming into the sides of th baitwell.
the idea is to keep them alive and lively as long as possible, and a few dead ones seems to have a negative effect on the remaining livies
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Old 12-14-2018, 07:15 AM
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am considering these since i recently used them on another boat and love the convenience of the variable dial.....had long talk with sea chest manufacturer in Miami and he kinda talked me out of them due to cost, quality, and they may not do what i want, which is for me to stay out of the bilge valves when running to make adjustments. A Rule pump is $120 with only 15A of draw.
Did this sea chest manufacturer mount the pumps inside the chest? I think the dash mounted variable speed controller Hooker provides would be much better than messing with valves plus, in my experience anyway those rule and especially the bait sentry pumps are unreliable and... one speed.
Also, dont forget about livewell height above the waterline. The livewells on my 36 express are about 4 ft above the waterline and there's not another pump on the market aside from a 115v pool pump that can effectively move volume vertically like the hooker.
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Old 12-15-2018, 10:49 AM
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Not sure I can justify the $2000 upgrade versus the stocks set up that feeds three huge live wells perfectly.
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Old 12-15-2018, 03:07 PM
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I love my Hooker pumps that feed the two floor 70 gallon livewells. They do a fantastic job keeping bait alive all day long during tournaments. I Don't even think about the need to rebait. I highly recommend the Hooker pumps. What is another $1800 on a $500,000 to $600,000 boat?
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Old 12-15-2018, 04:59 PM
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yea i heard about your setup....my previous setup kept everything alive too. I can always upgrade later. We will see.
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Old 12-20-2018, 01:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Shaft View Post
Did this sea chest manufacturer mount the pumps inside the chest? I think the dash mounted variable speed controller Hooker provides would be much better than messing with valves plus, in my experience anyway those rule and especially the bait sentry pumps are unreliable and... one speed.
Also, dont forget about livewell height above the waterline. The livewells on my 36 express are about 4 ft above the waterline and there's not another pump on the market aside from a 115v pool pump that can effectively move volume vertically like the hooker.
I used to have a 43 express and would run a rule general purpose pump to run my wells which were elevated like yours. It pushes high volume with low pressure. We had pilchards and threads last up to 4 days and gogs and cigars last for over 10 days in a well. I couldnt kill that pump.

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Old 01-11-2019, 06:01 AM
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How loud are the pumps when they run? I wouldn’t mind paying for the upgrade if they last for a long time and are reasonably quite. Nothing worse than listening to a loud pump all night.
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Old 01-11-2019, 01:30 PM
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I hear the strong water flow of the inlet into the baitwell more than the pump at highest volume.
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Old 01-11-2019, 04:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Rod27 View Post
am considering these since i recently used them on another boat and love the convenience of the variable dial.....had long talk with sea chest manufacturer in Miami and he kinda talked me out of them due to cost, quality, and they may not do what i want, which is for me to stay out of the bilge valves when running to make adjustments. A Rule pump is $120 with only 15A of draw.
We don’t want to be in the bilge either. We open our valves all the way up and use the hooker controller knob and the adjustable Gemlux live well fitting in the well. Total adjustability without ever having to get back in the bilge to mess with valves.
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Old 01-11-2019, 10:46 PM
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I had the Hooker installed on my Robalo Cayman 246 at Bouncer Smith's suggestion after 12 sets of the Tsumani pumps failed in the first year. Never had a problem after that. But I'm working with Rod27's fellow now on a new set up for my Stamas and we're going with 3 Rules in the sea chest to handle two big live wells, with one pump as the back up. The Hooker warranty is only for one year. It's unlikely that the Rules with break and they're cheap as dirt and easily replaceable. So what's the downside? Even if your Hooker is still under warranty, you'll have to get it repaired. It's so easy just to swap in another Rule. At least that's my thinking.
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Old 01-12-2019, 07:01 AM
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I have shurhold pumps in my boat - they work fine, but NOISY. And when stalking fish, I have to turn the pumps off.

My next boat i'll either do a box or the hooker. On this boat, I'm considering re-plumbling for 1 hooker pump in the near future.
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Old 01-13-2019, 11:33 AM
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Originally Posted by jillybird View Post
I had the Hooker installed on my Robalo Cayman 246 at Bouncer Smith's suggestion after 12 sets of the Tsumani pumps failed in the first year. Never had a problem after that. But I'm working with Rod27's fellow now on a new set up for my Stamas and we're going with 3 Rules in the sea chest to handle two big live wells, with one pump as the back up. The Hooker warranty is only for one year. It's unlikely that the Rules with break and they're cheap as dirt and easily replaceable. So what's the downside? Even if your Hooker is still under warranty, you'll have to get it repaired. It's so easy just to swap in another Rule. At least that's my thinking.
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Old 01-13-2019, 06:11 PM
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Default 4500 gph Hooker installed

Its working like a champ. Running 2x 45 gallon livewells and a 50gal Moeller on deck.
Only drawback is a very high frequency whistle, which is kind of annoying at lower settings, but acceptable at full power.
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