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wpr posted 07-31-2001 07:31 AM ET (US)   Profile for wpr  
Question: My Montauk is 2 years old, I've recently purchased it. When anchored or drifting, there is always water in the rear splash well.It may be a couple of inches deep. Is this normal??

Also, do most people use their boats with the plug in the anchor locker or with it open? At rest water enters here also.

Any input is welcomed.

Thanks, -Bill

Kim posted 07-31-2001 09:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for Kim  Send Email to Kim     
anchor locker in my 17 is pluged thats where I keep the fish & ice.
could I guess that you have a 4 stroke ? my drain holes are about 1 & 1/2 out of the water at the dock fully loaded , no one onboard.
for what it's worth.
kim.
Bigshot posted 07-31-2001 09:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Opposite.I leave my front well unpluged, stays dry enough for my anchor. Rear splash well with my 90 Yamaha has a little water in usually.
triblet posted 07-31-2001 10:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
I plug the anchor locker. With two divers
and gear forward, it can get quite a bit of
water in there, and that just makes it even
more bow heavy and more likely to take one
over the bow. What I'd REALLY like is a check
valve in there so the water that comes in on
the anchor line drains out.

Water in the motor well is perfectly normal.

Chuck

Tom W Clark posted 07-31-2001 11:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Water in splash well is normal, you don't want to plug it.

The bow locker? As the others indicate, it depends on the load and intended use. On my first Montauk I mostly used the bow locker for dry storage, I usually stuffed the mooring cover in there. Though the boat will float with the drain above water, as soon as you step forward or load a few extra people on board, you start to get water in there.

On my second Montauk, which I used mostly for fishing, I left the plug out because the bow locker was always the fish box/ice box. I loved that it drained overboard. I could load it up with ice and drinks and throw salmon in there all day long and the ice melt and slime would drain overboard. With the clam shell venturi installed it would even drain when the drain hole was below water level so long as the boat was moving like when trolling.

The only time flooding was a problem was when the boat was both stationary and there were more than one person in the bow. Water (saltwater at about 50-55 here on Puget Sound) would flood into the ice and melt it very rapidly but these two conditions were met only very rarely so all in all that ice would last all day or even several days on an extended fishing trip.

ValkariaKid posted 07-31-2001 11:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for ValkariaKid  Send Email to ValkariaKid     
The only plug I put in is the at the lower transom. I too get a litle water in the "engine well", but as soon as I get underway it drains and only leaves a few tablespoons left in the small depressions near each opening.
On a side note I have the bilge pump hose running through one of these holes... works great!
As for the front bow locker I have never plugged it. I store my anchor in there (along with some depleted beverage containers), and I've never noticed it filling up. It probably has, but I've never looked... it self drains anyway when I pull it out of the water.

These whalers ROCK! (especially the cheap ones!)

-Paul

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