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tlynch posted 03-21-2002 12:06 AM ET (US)   Profile for tlynch   Send Email to tlynch  
Dear [readers]: I have read several posts where people have discussed drilling into the hull and finding that the foam is wet, and one in which it discusses drilling into the bottom of your hull near the transom to test for water. How exactly this should be done? Assume that there are symptoms of water in the foam such as de-lamination or increased hull weight.

Where should I drill?

How many sample holes? How big a drill do you use? 1/8"? 1/2"? Should you be able to get your pinky in?

How deep do you go? Just through the fiberglass? An inch into the foam?

At an angle? I assume straight in.

Then should I place a dry bucket under the hole and leave for a day? A week? A month?

I am always afraid that I am going to wreck my 1986 18' Outrage. Very detailed directions would be great.

Thanks a million. If detailed direction already exist and I missed them please point me in the right directions. I know this topic has been discussed, but a detailed method for testing has not been outlined


Cpt Quint posted 03-21-2002 03:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for Cpt Quint  Send Email to Cpt Quint     
What is the draft on the hull? If its not over say two-inches on factory then don't make any holes in your boat!

How about the drain hole? Mine needed repair and I ended up pulling it out for reassembly.
This way I was able to get a hole at the very bottom of the lowest point.just a suggestion

acseatsri posted 03-21-2002 04:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for acseatsri  Send Email to acseatsri     
According to the chainsaw whaler research, [incorrect conclusion deleted--jimh].
Chris J posted 03-22-2002 11:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chris J    
Better re-read the CSW thread again. All Whalers can get water trapped in the hull, and it is a problem well worth avoiding.
flboy0638 posted 11-18-2010 11:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for flboy0638  Send Email to flboy0638     
[Eight years later...] I am interested in a response to this post, also.

Assuming we were to removed the drain tube and use that hole to check for wetness instead of drilling, how do you remove the aft lower drain plug? Where do you get replacements?

1982 Newport Boston Whaler

jimh posted 11-19-2010 02:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
This discussion has been dormant for eight years. If you want to change the topic, please start a new discussion for your new topic.

For advice on replacement of drains, see the FAQ:

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