I have a couple of nitty gritty questions about my Hayward Navigator. I recently refurbished him as he was slow and had a tendency to get stuck. Now he zips around and has yet to get stuck for more than a minute or so. My problem is... the hose attaches to a side vac port and it seems to want to lay parallel to the side of the pool on the shallow end. I have tried swapping that piece of hose out and twisting it in the port to discourage this, but 90% of the time, that's where it hangs out. As a result, it tends to keep the vac in the shallow end and the tension on the hose will pull the vac off the bottom as it tries to go to the deeper end. I can manually go out there and pull the hose over to the other side and the vac will go to the deep end, but if I let it go, it slowly swings right back toward the shallow end. I find I have better luck if I can get the leaf canister (attached one hose piece away from the vac port as recommended elsewhere) to float. Two tennis balls in the canister are doing a great job keeping it from sinking.
So roundabout wise, my questions are:
1) Can I attach the leaf canister directly to the vac port and skip that one piece of hose that always wants to bend the same way?
2) If not, do hoses "wear out" and develop a tendency to just bend and stay bent in one direction?