204C Live/bait well

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On my GW 204C I have the bait-well in front of the motor well. Looks like this original was fed with the same pump as the wash down pump with a y-valve to divert either to wash down or live well from the same thru-hull fitting. I replaced the sea-cock before launching boat and have not yet replaced the bad wash down pump or y-valve that is broken. I was thinking on removing the y-valve and replacing the wash down pump to use just as a washdown and adding another pump for the livewell. Has anyone else with a 204C done this? How did it work out? pictures? Thank you
 

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You can use this pump, it has a second outlet for your washdown pump. Screws on the through hull one outlet goes to your livewell , this pump is ideal for livewells, the other outlet you can run a hose to your washdown pump. So you have one through hull and two pumps . My old 228 only had one through hull and didn't have a washdown so I used this set up rather than a second through hull. Cheaper and no more holes on the hull.

 

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The thing to emphasize is that the above approach needs a second pump (and wiring and switch) to work. It does eliminates the need for a second through hull. The original solution needs one pump only and either a Y valve to select where the water goes, live well or wash down fitting.. The two pump approach is better in my opinion for several reasons, the main one being that a live well pump and a wash down pump are different beasts. The flow rates requirements are often different but more importantly, live well pumps are rated for continuous duty and wash downs aren't
 

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Controlsct, would you mind taking some pics of your current setup? Mine is an '89 204c and I have that same baitwell in front of the engine, but I only have one pump to it. There is no washdown. Just want to see how they came from the factory with the livewell/washdown, Thx.
 
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Rob,

Below is exactly the way my 87 currently is plumbed. With the Y-valve mounted under the port rear seat box and the pump mounted under the starboard seat box.
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Thanks for the diagram. Looking forward to your progress on the 2 pumps. Will you be doing a freshwater wash down with a tank or keeping it saltwater?
 

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That's the very pump O had in my old boat as well Seasick. Like you said livewell pump is different to washdown. For livewells you need more volume and not high pressure as well as long duty pump . The other advantage with the rule pump you don't need the pump on when underway because the water is forced through the pump in to the tank. Washdown pump needs to be high pressure lower volume . Some cheap boar manufacturers use one pump for both with a Y valve, I have seen in Trophys.
 
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Thanks for the diagram. Looking forward to your progress on the 2 pumps. Will you be doing a freshwater wash down with a tank or keeping it saltwater?
I am going to do a saltwater wash down and separate live well pump. I fish out in the salt water but keep her in a boat slip up the CT river where it is fresh water.
 

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I am going to do a saltwater wash down and separate live well pump. I fish out in the salt water but keep her in a boat slip up the CT river where it is fresh water.
Hmmm. That made me think. For salt water you would use zinc or aluminum anodes. For fresh water you would use magnesium or aluminum. So.. I would think you need to make sure your are rigged with aluminum anodes to handle both water types..