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1991 Outrage 25 Whaler Drive Drains and Plugs
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posted 08-09-2015 10:37 AM ET (US)
Is the 1991 Outrage 25 Whaler Drive boat supposed to be self bailing? What is the correct setup in terms of drain plugs and bilge pumps? My splash well does have a cover over it. I am thinking:
--forward lockers drains open
--starboard aft drain closed; add bilge pump.
--splash well: do I leave covered or uncover? Remove foam and add pump?
--cockpit deck fish well: [Seeks advice]
posted 08-18-2015 11:48 AM ET (US)
On my 22-foot hull with Whaler Drive, I have added a sump pump to the aft cockpit live well, and I keep the through hull drain plugged. I do not use the live well to keep live fish, but rather I use it for storage of items that I don't care if they get a bit wet. I keep some spare parts in two water-tight sealed containers, and other gear such as a spare fender. Those items more or less fill the live well. The live well will collect water if it rains or water comes aboard the cockpit, and having an automatically operating pump to remove it can be handy.
The original small, sink-type splash well at the original transom of my Whaler Drive boat is covered. It appears to be well sealed, and I don't have any basis to suspect that the foam--which I assume is below the cover--has become saturated with water. I intend to leave the original transom splash well covered as it was originally manufactured.
The cockpit sump on Starboard typically has a sump pump on most classic Boston Whaler boats. Perhaps an electric sump pump was an option and in your 1991 boat was not ordered.
The forward deck lockers under the small seats are typically kept open. The center forward deck locker also has a drain. I keep that plugged, as in my boat, a REVENGE, it is the floor of the cabin. Leaving it unplugged fills the cabin with water.
For the recommendations from the Owner's Manual for your boat, see my reproduction of the Boston Whaler literature in HTML in the REFERENCE section. Here is a hyperlink directly to the section regarding drains and use of plugs:
The Whaler Drive boats have two, large, about 4-inch diameter drains that penetrate the original transom at the deck level and drain directly to the sea. These cannot be plugged--well not very easily--and will drain water on the deck to the sea.
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