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Still Reelin posted 01-23-2002 10:26 AM ET (US)   Profile for Still Reelin   Send Email to Still Reelin  
Saw the new BW 255 Conquest at the boat show over the weekend. I made a point of looking at the thru-hull fittings on it. Some were bronze/chrome, some were plastic. I think all the plastics were below the water line, but I'm not 100% sure. In the past, I thought Whaler used all bronze fittings. Is there an explanation for the change?
Peter posted 01-23-2002 05:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for Peter  Send Email to Peter     
I don't know how far in the past you wanted to go but my '86 Revenge has only one plastic thru-hull for the Rule bilge pump. All other thru-hulls are bronze fittings. My '87 18 Outrage (no bilge pump) only had bronze fittings.
lhg posted 01-23-2002 06:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
For some reason, the earlier Whalers did use plastic thru-hulls for the bilge pumps. Often wondered why they didn't use the bronze ones.

The sump and well DRAINS, however, were thin brass tubes, crimped over a rubber gasket. This is a different style fitting then what we normally call a "Thru-hull". These have proven to be prone to corroding, particularly on saltwater-moored boats, letting some water get into the surrounding hull void, and generally causing a local mess. I believe Whaler has switched to the plastic sump/well drains to eliminate this problem. They aren't as slick looking, but are probably a better solution, particularly since owners tend not to systemically replace the brass ones, as should be done.

There is considerable earlier discussion on this subject.

Peter posted 01-23-2002 07:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for Peter  Send Email to Peter     
Sorry, I meant brass.

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