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BarryGreen posted 08-18-2003 01:47 PM ET (US)   Profile for BarryGreen   Send Email to BarryGreen  
I have a '98 Outrage 20', and love the boat. However, last season I noticed the bilge was accumulating some water between visits, and after 4 days or so it would really begin to pull the stern down. I checked everything I could think of last fall while on the trailer, but nothing conclusive. This season seems worse, and after 6 days aft cockpit scuppers will go under. I've rewired the bilge pump around the battery disconnect to keep boat water free, but am looking for ideas. Ive checked bilge drain, live well drain, washdown thruhull, large bilge hatch and gaskets, transom seat locker cleanout covers, etc.

Anybody had leaks around the brass tubes at the aft end of the deck wells that go through to the bottom, or that are used for the bilge drain? Anybody seen anything like this before? Thanks in advance!

Bill D posted 08-18-2003 04:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bill D  Send Email to Bill D     
Are your seacocks closed?
InHerNet posted 08-18-2003 07:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for InHerNet  Send Email to InHerNet     
Do you have fish boxes?
BarryGreen posted 08-19-2003 08:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for BarryGreen  Send Email to BarryGreen     
Thanks for the replies!

1) There is only one seacock, and that is under the port transom seat and provides water to the washdown pump. It is definitely closed, and appears to be well bedded down and not leaking around the hull penetration.
2) The only fish boxes are two long covered wells in the deck that run from the stern to just forward of the leaning post. Each has a brass tube-type thru hull down thru the hull bottom with a snap-over plug, and a screened drain at the back of each that feeds a single large volume pump with an above-the-water-line outlet with rubber flapper to pump out the wells. The wells only get water in them when it rains, and rain doesn't correlate with water in the bilge.

I know the source of the flooding should be obvious, but its got me absolutely stymied.

Bill D posted 08-19-2003 10:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bill D  Send Email to Bill D     
Barry, If its not rain (I have 21' Conquest and rain could put water in my bilge through the seat that slides in the transom/bilge area) then I would start to isolate all through hulls and scuppers. Might start with the hoses off of the fish box pumps. Dry the bilge, use wet vac to remove all water, use dry towel and dry each possible source, let it it a while and then inspect each for wetness. Try a diff. colored food dye in fish box filled with water, use both pump and drain to empty see if you see that color in bilge. Isolate and test you will find the leak. Also you might be able to use a plumbers helper to cover a through hull while testing, both to isolate it out and to force olored water back up through it. Good luck....

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