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'98 BW Conquest 23'
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posted 01-03-2003 06:34 PM ET (US)
I just looked at one of these boats for sale at a local dealer. It had a strong mildew smell in the cabin, which the salesman and I could not trace to any source in the cabin. But in a recess in the cockpit floor between the helm chairs, there was standing water, which seemed to be the culprit. We could not figure out how that water might drain. There is no through-hull drain in the recess, and the water does not seem to be able to flow elsewhere. Can any of you 23' Conquest owners enlighten me on this? Is it a design defect?
posted 01-03-2003 08:28 PM ET (US)
No design defect. There is a drainage path under the fuel tank at the rear of that compartment which lets the water pass underneath the tank and back to the bilge area. Unfortunately, the bow has to be elevated for this to work. The area under the tank might be clogged with debris. A poke with a wire or hose jet might clear it. That recess molded into the hull can be used for a forward bilge pump if you want. Run the outlet hose up behind the port side seat access panel(which is where the other pumps are located). In normal use, with the drainage passage under the tank cleared, most of that water will drain whenever the boat comes up on plane. My Conquest 23 stays pretty dry in the bilge unless I'm taking a lot of water in over the transom platform. I just leave the deck hatches open after washdown when putting the boat up in storage and I don't have any problem with odor. If you do end up with water there, a little bleach added to it should keep things fresh.
posted 01-03-2003 08:29 PM ET (US)
posted 01-03-2003 09:22 PM ET (US)
Thanks very much for your informative replies.
posted 01-04-2003 12:47 AM ET (US)
I have a 2001 23 Conquest and it also has that recessed retangular spot on the hull located between the helm chairs. My boat came equipped with the Porti-potti with macerator & overboard dischard. This recessed spot is where they mounted the discharge seacock.
This spot always has standing water which bothers me a bit but there's little you can do. Each time I wash the boat down, I just make sure I pull the hatch cover and flush that area out good with fresh water. So far no oders have developed.
posted 01-04-2003 08:37 AM ET (US)
My 21ft. Conquest has a pocket area below the cockpit floor and aft of the cabin bulkhead and just ahead of the fuel tank.I can gain access to it by opening the front most access cover in the cockpit floor.Water lays in there all the time. Even getting boat up on plane will not get water to run aft to bilge pump.I use a shopvac to pull water out of the pocket.
posted 01-04-2003 04:52 PM ET (US)
Gentlemen, Thank you for your replies. It seems it is just something I will have to stay on top of if I strike a deal on the boat.
posted 01-08-2003 08:07 PM ET (US)
Once, my lights quit on me as I was heading back to the ramp at dusk.
The next morning, I removed the switch panel next to the helm and discovered the problem: a bolt on a terminal had worked its way loose and the connection was no longer electrically sound.
While I had the electrical panel off, I was able to peer into the space behind the panel and the fiberglass insert it was attached to. This is the insert with the little shelves and cupholders.
What I saw was mildew. Not severe in my book, it is a boat after all, but almost every surface had a little mildew on it.
I decided to remove the entire fiberglass insert. One thing I noticed was that the cupholders had little drains in them, a good feature for a cupholder; unfortunately they drain on top of your head and water tank plumbing (if your Conquest is so-equipped) on its way to the bilge.
If there's one thing mold and mildew love it's beer and diet Coke...
I removed the port side panel to discover much of the same, especially on the backside of that little pocket the cabin filler cushion slides into.
I decided to leave the mildew alone. I never noticed a smell and figured it could wait. What I did do was go to Home Depot and buy some 3/4" plastic tubing; enough for each cupholder. There's a little 'nipple' on each of my cupholders that the tubing will fit onto. Each cupholder now has a drain tube that drains direcly to the bilge.
The "rectangular spot" that everyone is referring to is usually filled with water on my boat also. When I'm working on the boat, I sometimes vacuum it out with a wet/dry shop-vac.
Also, before I trailer my boat home or back to the marina where I keep it (~30 miles), I fill the bilge with about 2 gallons of fresh water and ~quart of Boat/U.S. bilge cleaner. I pump it out shortly after I leave the ramp. This also works especially well if you are out bouncing around on the waves.
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