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DaveS posted 05-26-2015 10:58 AM ET (US)   Profile for DaveS   Send Email to DaveS  
I'll be mooring my [1999 Boston Whaler] Outrage [17] in a slip this summer. I'll probably be putting her in sometime this week or next. Do I put in the plug that's in the fish box? Or leave it out? How about the two boxes at the transom? When I trailered my boat, I usually put in plugs.

Thanks for the info!


jimh posted 05-26-2015 11:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Your 1999 Boston Whaler OUTRAGE 17 is newer than the ones covered in these recommendations: html#selfBailing

or html#drainTubes

But the advice regarding how to handle the drains of various compartments on a Boston Whaler boat given in those manuals may have some application to your situation.

jimh posted 05-26-2015 11:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
When a boat is left unattended in the water for a long time, the most important consideration for water accumulating in the boat will likely be from rain. In a period of heavy rain a boat with open deck space can collect and channel a large volume of water into any sump areas on the boat.

If the sump areas are self bailing, then you can leave their drains open, and water accumulating there will drain to the sea.

If the sump areas are below the water line and do not self-bail, and if they have electrical pumps to evacuate water, you can leave the pumps connected and let them run to drain the water that accumulates. The pumps should be run from a secondary battery that is not the engine cranking battery, so that the engine cranking battery will not be drained flat by pumping water.

If the sumps are below the water line, are not self-bailing, and there are not pumps, or the battery runs down to the point of being unable to operate the pumps, then water will accumulate.

Usually most sump areas on a Boston Whaler boat have drains to the sea. If the drains are left open, the water may rise in the sump but usually will not overflow the sump. An exception to that general situation can occur if the boat has been fitted with an engine and gear of unusually heavy weight which have put the boat off her original static water line.

A simple way to experiment is to pull the plug in a sump and observe how high the water will rise in the sump. If the water is contained in the sump--as it should be--then the sump can be left open and rain or other water will not accumulate.

I recommend testing because there is no certain way to know how your particular boat is sitting with its particular combination of gear and weight distribution.

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