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    Kelowna, BC Canada

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    Centurion Lightning C4
  1. I have a 2007 Centurion Lightning and had a similar set up and issue with the solenoids on my boat - water going everywhere and long fill up times! No amount of cleaning and tinkering on mine made them work any better. Two options which I did and you may want to consider: 1. Upgrade your pump with something with higher capacity (ie jabsco water puppy) - this helped improved my fill times, but I think it ultimately was too much pressure on the stock solenoids and lead to the water leakage issues. 2. Put in new always closed solenoids which will better direct the water (see my post here: https://www.wakegarage.com/projects-archive/ballast-projects/ballast-solenoid-upgrade-distribution-r161/) . 3. If you're putting in new solenoids, you could also consider upgrading from the stock 3/4" tubing to 1" hose. Even though mine was 1" in through the stock solenoid, it was 3/4" tubing from the solenoid to the bags. In hindsight, I should have gotten 1" solenoids and then sized up the hoses and fittings to the bags to 1" to further improve flow rates. I also run a homemade suckgate which did make a big difference in my wave and am continually experimenting with the speed (as per the Mission video referenced above) to make the pocket and push better.
  2. From experience at the Osyoos crossing, having your registration information on hand is what's required, but the US side is rarely concerned about it. More than anything they'll likely want to x-ray your boat on the way into the US (mine was x-rayed 9 out of 10 times), so allow for extra crossing time as I've had to wait up to 30 minutes in the past. I also usually cross the boarder without a cover on the boat to demonstrate transparency. On the way back into Canada, having your registration information on-hand is always a good idea especially if you don't have the registration decals on your boat. While the waterways are all connected on Lake Osoyoos, they may want to do an aquatic mussel check as they're starting to get more aggressive on slowing down the spread of them.
  3. Call Robby at Skylon and he can give you all the details. He was awesome to deal with regarding communication, problem solving, and product knowledge!

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