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bp238 posted 01-01-2001 11:15 PM ET (US)   Profile for bp238   Send Email to bp238  
I have a twenty foot outrage and was wondering if putting scuppers in to make it self-bailing vessel would be a good idea? We do a lot of off-shore trolling and when you get a 20 pound mahi floppin around with a couple of holes in her, quite a mess is made. With a salt-water washdown the bilge is where all the gunk goes and it's quite small. Effectively, the gunk meanders it's way along the gas tank and under the floor and is hard to clean out therefore a week or so after a successfull trip the boat reaks! I thought sealing off the bilge area to topside water and installing scuppers would fix this problem and was wondering if anyone had tried it.
hauptjm posted 01-05-2001 11:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for hauptjm    
bp238:
If you're getting gunk in from topside washdown in the stern half of the boat, I would definitly seal the seams that are allowing the seepage. Scuppers alone probably wouldn't solve the problem since their effectiveness results from the boat moving through the water to allow for the water/gunk to flow out. Moving through the water while washing down with a sealed deck will work with the conventional set-up. Another option is to add a bilge pump with a good screning device while you're at rest. In my 18OR I use a bilge pump for the rear well. However, I have the full transom so I have the small well at the starboard rear in the cockpit that everything on deck flows through. Unless I have more than two people on board, I don't even put the plug in. The positive flotation never allows the water to rise in the boat beyond two inches of the lip on that well. Heavy weights or more than two I'll plug, then drain on the next run. Regardless, I keep the seals on deck fresh. In fact, last summer, I reapplied a fresh seal using 3m 4200 (not 5200) on all seams fore to aft.
bp238 posted 01-05-2001 09:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for bp238  Send Email to bp238     
I must be missing something in the rear, starboard bilge area of my boat. This area is open to the underfloor. It is where all the wires/cables go up to the console. When water enters the bilge area, it also meanders underfloor towards the front/console. There is no cover for this small opening (bilge) although there obviously used to be. Is there supposed to be a divider wall between the bilge area and the underfloor? If there is, how do the cables make their way through it?

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