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rkp posted 08-31-2003 07:06 PM ET (US)   Profile for rkp   Send Email to rkp  
my 1995 13 dauntless has an inspection plate on the starboard side that accesses the cable channel going to the console and all the control wires, etc. go through here. There is a drain plug in there also. I am always getting some water from somewhere just about a quart. i know the boat has no leaks and the drain plug is tight. Where could this be coming from and is there anything I should do?



Tom2697 posted 09-01-2003 03:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom2697  Send Email to Tom2697     
What kind of water do you run it rough enough that bow spray is splashing into the boat? Or is your cooler packed with ice, the ice is melting, and bleeding through the drain valve?

One quart is not enough to worry about. Usually, this is how I find water "entering" into my boat. If you find the water in your boat in the morning and you store your boat in the water, it could be that the water is just seeping by the drain plug. Try another twist to compress the plug further.

JohnJ80 posted 09-01-2003 08:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnJ80  Send Email to JohnJ80     
I have the same problem with my dauntless 15. What it is is that the plate that mounts to the floor is not waterproof. Water that may either come in through leaky scuppers, splashes into the boat etc... finds its way down into there. If there is a volume of water it will run out the back just fine through the scuppers since it will find its way out faster than it will leak into the bilge.

You could remove it and reseal it (a royal pain since the cables pass through the plate making it really difficult to take it out).

Even if the whole thing fills up, and it might to the level of the scuppers, it is only a gallon or so at its max. This is not the best arrangement that whaler gave us, but it is workable.


rkp posted 09-01-2003 09:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for rkp  Send Email to rkp     

I just was concerned that the water would ultimately affect the cables, etc.


JohnJ80 posted 09-02-2003 12:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnJ80  Send Email to JohnJ80     
It can. I had to replace the wiring for my running light (stern) because it wouldn't work well if it was wet. There must have been a nick in the insulation that was causing a problem.

Just make sure you have no wire splices in the bilge and that you use marine grade wire that is designed to be waterproof if submerged (you should do that anyhow, but admittedly, this situation is more likely to be a problem).


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