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Test Holes Drilled To Find Water In Hull
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posted 03-21-2002 12:06 AM ET (US)
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
posted 03-21-2002 03:56 PM ET (US)
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.
posted 03-21-2002 04:20 PM ET (US)
According to the chainsaw whaler research, [incorrect conclusion deleted--jimh].
posted 03-22-2002 11:23 AM ET (US)
Better re-read the CSW thread again. All Whalers can get water trapped in the hull, and it is a problem well worth avoiding.
posted 11-18-2010 11:07 PM ET (US)
[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
posted 11-19-2010 02:36 PM ET (US)
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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