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ChrisK posted 08-13-2001 05:28 PM ET (US)   Profile for ChrisK   Send Email to ChrisK  
In our Outrage, when there are more than two people in the starboard aft area near the bilge, the bilge pumpout goes below the waterline and lets water in.

Is this seems like the engineering of the boat would not allow this to happen. So, either we are too fat or there are bigger problems (this is the one time I hope it's because were too fat!!) I guess I am 180 lbs. and my dad is 220 lbs.

Anyone else ever see this in their boat? It does not happen all the time, just when there is enough weight to bring the stern down a bit. I have been noticing water entering the bilge from somewhere and its been driving me nuts, b/c I keep all the plugs in the thru hull areas. For the first time, I got the brilliant idea to look over the side when there were three of us on the starboard side fishing and sure enough, water was coming in. Now, there are usually a few extra pounds of fish back there, but not enough for that! I'd love to hear some feedback.

LarrySherman posted 08-13-2001 05:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for LarrySherman  Send Email to LarrySherman     

With your boat at the dock, can you take a few measurments and post them? First, from the bottom of the chine to the water line. 2nd, from the bottom of the chine to the bottom of the bilge pump discharge. 3rd, from th bottom of the chine to the gunnel. 4th, with you and your dad in the stern, from the bottom of the chine to the new waterline.

Just a guess, but perhaps you are carrying around some water in the hull. I know my discharge is pretty high up, I think I would be taking water over the transom before I took it in the discahrge.

You could always add more hose and put a vent loop in the discharge line, which would prevent the problem in any case.


Peter posted 08-13-2001 07:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Peter  Send Email to Peter     
I had an 18 Outrage and am confused by the following statement "the bilge pumpout goes below the waterline and lets water in."
Are you referring to the sump? Do you have a bilge pump in the sump? Do you have a plug in the sump drain and, if so, is it tight?
SuburbanBoy posted 08-13-2001 08:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for SuburbanBoy  Send Email to SuburbanBoy     
I had the same problem with my 15's bilge. I believe the check valve in the pump was jammed with sea weed or some other debris. Until it cleared, the water would return via the bilge pump. Yours may also have a check valve. Earlier there was discussion about replacement pumps. You may find that of interest. Good luck.


LarrySherman posted 08-13-2001 09:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for LarrySherman  Send Email to LarrySherman     

To clarify, I assumed you were referring to the Rule Bilge Pump Discharge Adapter, such as I have in the side of my 25. It is mounted in the hull, directly outboard of the starboard sump, and about 10 inces above the waterline. The rule 1500 in the sump on my boat discharges through this fitting.

I also assumed that when you said yours went below the waterline, you were refering to theis fitting. I further assumed, on the basis of my previous assumptions, that either your boat is carring around some unwanted pounds (and who isn't), or that prhaps, someone had mounted your discharge fitting too low. Thus the request of measurements.

I hope I have not assumed to much...

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