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Transom Door Gap-Conquest
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posted 07-09-2002 06:10 PM ET (US)
While drift fishing in a 2-3 foot chop the other night, I found that everytime the transom dipped into a wave water gushed underneath the transom door filling the floor with water. It did drain down and we had wet feet. Looking at the gap between the door and the walkway I could easily see why this was happening. Anyone else experience this on a Conquest or Outrage? The solution seems quite simple, I'll see if the dealer is in agreement.....A better fitting transom door.
posted 07-09-2002 07:34 PM ET (US)
Catching lots of fish I hope? Our OR has a gap of at least an inch, I looked at it before we purchased the boat and decided I would not want it any other way. It will allow water from wave over the bow another way out of the boat. On a Conquest a wave over the bow doesn't have the same impact as an OR but....maybe you could attach a piece of rtv on the outside which might help water coming in from the rear. Just a thought.
posted 07-09-2002 07:51 PM ET (US)
Yes the fishing is good over here. I agree there should be some gap, but after looking at another Conquest at the dock, my door is too high off the floor.
The RTV add on might be a solution but not at my expense. Have you noticed your steering wheel kind of loose, I mean it moves back and forth when you hold to it.
posted 07-13-2002 05:12 PM ET (US)
Ok, I have been in contact with the dealer. He is going to make an RTV add-on and ship it to me. I have also been in contact with a rep from BW on the issue as well. We will see if this solution works.
posted 07-13-2002 09:57 PM ET (US)
Glad to hear dealer responded.
Are you going to be out Sunday or Monday(July 14-15)?
posted 07-13-2002 11:05 PM ET (US)
The gap at the bottom of the dorr is most likely there to aid in the disapation of water in extream swamping cases. Whalers are built to standards which dictate that there is enough drainage in the event of a cockpit swamping situation. If you look at a commercial fishing vessel or a USCG certified passenger vessel, they have large scuppers called freeing ports. These serve the same purpose.
aubv is right on with his opinion that the gap is a good thing. In the case of the Conquest, concider a large wave in a following sea depisiting a large volume of water into the cockpit. This gap will help drain off the water very quickly.
posted 07-14-2002 11:00 AM ET (US)
BMR, I certainly agree that some space is needed to drain out water. I did go on a fact finding mission looking at other BW model transom doors. I found the larger 29 Conquest and the Outrages had much better fiting transom doors. You bring up a good point about drainage. The starboard side floor drain on the 275 Conquest does not drain effeciently. (Same side as the door)If BW was aware of this it might explain the the large gap under the door about 2". The rep I contacted from BW advised he was going to have to check with the engineering dept. on my concern. I'll keep you posted.
posted 07-24-2002 12:02 PM ET (US)
The dealer made a nice attachment for the door. I'll see how this works over the next couple of trips
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