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Boat is 2008 22TE. Have 3 bait pumps but only using 2 (3rd is plugged up at ball valve). Problem is the only pump that will pump on a plane is the rear pump. When at rest both pumps will pump water but when I get up on plane the 2nd one loses its prime somehow. It worked fine before , I did take my strainers apart because they were leaking. i retaped the threads and have stopped leaks but now this problem. Both strainers are installed correctly.(.I checked!)...Could it be the actual pump itself?

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Sounds like it’s loosing its prime. Getting air instead of water. Can you have someone feel the pump to see if it’s running while underway? 

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Is your sea chest "cheese grater" still on?  Sometimes they break off and people don't even realize they're gone.  Also, make sure it's correctly oriented.

Unless you live in a place with very small needle type sea grass, you can remove the strainers.   They always gave me priming issues but usually at rest not moving.  Sounds to me like you have a pickup issue since the problem only occurs while planing.

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