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safetylast posted 06-24-2001 11:21 AM ET (US)   Profile for safetylast   Send Email to safetylast  
I have a 1974 outrage. I see articles on wiring a bilge pumb in the litle bilge compartment. Aint this a self bailing boat??? My uncle left the plugs out on his 21' outrage for 11 years in a slip, & the word "bilge pump" doesn't even pass the giggle test with him. Somebody shed some light on this topic, cuz I'm curious.
OutrageMan posted 06-24-2001 12:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for OutrageMan  Send Email to OutrageMan     
You are correct that Whalers are self bailing. However, in my 22' Outrage, this applies only to the cockpit and 2 small hatches in the stern where the cables come through.

There is a compartment foward of the cooler seat that is NOT self bailing. All of the water from the foward area is channeled into this box and pumped out via the bilge.

I also have a live-well in the stern. When it is full, it is pumped overboard with a modified bilge pump.


Makaira posted 06-26-2001 08:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for Makaira  Send Email to Makaira     
I installed a bildge pump on my 19 outrage primarily for one purpose: to drain my bait tank while not under way. To completely drain the tank I must disconnet the inlet hose at the pump ( which is located just above the deck sump). The only other way to get all of the water out is to bail it with a small bucket. 40 gallons of not much fun.

By the way, if you pull the plug at the deck sump how much water would enter the boat? I never thought to try. It seems that this drain is significantly below the water line.

jimh posted 06-26-2001 09:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
An electric bilge pump was standard equipment on certain models of Whalers.

I believe it was a standard equipment item on the Revenge series.


whalertim posted 06-26-2001 09:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalertim  Send Email to whalertim     
jimh, was it standard on 20' 79 Outrage?
tim NC
Bigshot posted 06-27-2001 10:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Had a 75 19' Revenge, no bilge pump and NO water. The rear livewell and the little one on the floor would fill but the decks were dry. I kept the plugs out 365 days a year and I liked the rear wells filled because the boat was so damn bow heavy I needed the weight for reverse.

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