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Swellmonster posted 03-26-2003 10:10 AM ET (US)   Profile for Swellmonster   Send Email to Swellmonster  
Get your mind out of the gutters and down in to the bildge! :D
Do you pull your plug out of the transom after each outing?
diveorfish posted 03-26-2003 10:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for diveorfish  Send Email to diveorfish     
I do. My boat has four plugs and I like to account for them all when I launch and when I retrieve. A bit of paranoia on my part, especially considering itís a Whaler. I think it also helps dry the bilge area faster if the plug is out by letting any remaining water drain out on the trip home.
Bigshot posted 03-26-2003 11:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Bilge pumps leave a gallon or more in the bilge. Pulling the plug leaves an ounce.
wayne baker posted 03-26-2003 10:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for wayne baker  Send Email to wayne baker     
I thought every one did, how else would we all be able to say we have forgotten to put it back in at least once in our lives. The time I forgot I was not in a whaler,far from it as a matter of fact. I am glad I was pulling away from the dock when my brother quitely asked about the water in the floor of the old runabout. I showered down on the throttle to get us on plane to run the water out.when I stoped i jumped back to install the plug as fast as I could. Yes it was a bit embarrassing. At any rate I pull all my plugs some so wash up water will leave, some because I like the idea of fresh air flow.
captbone posted 03-26-2003 11:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for captbone  Send Email to captbone     
I have wondered if any one has tried any of the toys like the self bailing plug, or the flapper that is a clear plastic with a ball or the old flapper. I have heard good things about the ball and clear plastic but have not tried it.
Swellmonster posted 03-27-2003 08:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
I never pulled mine. Even though I knew there was a lil water in there, what could it hurt?
The other day I was going boating. I launched the vessel, secured and started it and let it idle while lil missy parked the trailer. Bam! It shut down. I went back and found the fuel pump-up ball was soft. I squeezed and squeezed and it "the ball" never got hard. I figured my ball collapsed so I put a new one in at the ramp. It never got hard either! Motor would not stay running so out of the water we went. Glad this didnt happen off shore!
The excess water and heat make this term called humidity. My fuel/water separator base became corroded and allowed a lil hole to open causing the primer ball to SUCK AIR!
Ancient chinese motto "Air in fuel line make no good sucki"
So the dealer says Whaler puts in a cheap type of fuel filter base and corrodes rather quickly, so this is a lil common problem.
Then I phoned "BIGSHOT" and he informed me of a stainess steel base for around $35.00.
Guess whats going in today!

Words from expeirence, get rid of the cheesey potmetal fuel/water separator base which is under your deck housing and put a stainless steel one today!
I do replace the separating filter every 50 hrs, saw the build up but didnt think too much of it. I was wrong, :(

fno posted 03-27-2003 10:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for fno  Send Email to fno     
Had the same problem on my Dauntless last summer. Only difference, my filter was leaking gas into the bilge and fumes on up into the console. Good thing I don,t smoke too many stogies on the boat. Replaced with the S.S. version and watch the can for rust on the bottom a lot. By the way, I do pull my plug at the ramp, otherwise launching and pulling out go way too quick with a squared away Whaler and you miss everyone elses shennanigans.
Swellmonster posted 03-27-2003 10:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
wayne baker posted 03-27-2003 11:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for wayne baker  Send Email to wayne baker     
I changed my filter 2 weeks ago and did notice the build up of crud you mention. Are these stainless mounts found at boat us and botters world or do you have a cheaper place to get them from?
Swellmonster posted 03-28-2003 03:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
I paid $38.00 at a non-chain place. I just looked at the base and Im sure my motor has been sucking air and dripping gas for a while. :(

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