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RJM posted 10-08-2003 02:48 PM ET (US)   Profile for RJM   Send Email to RJM  
While searching the web; I found a site that talked about a Boston Whaler factory option that converted the port aft quarter seat on a Outrage II to a bait tank. Does anyone have one of these? Is it a good setup and can you either send me a picture or discribe it to me? Or, Please E-mail your phone number and I will give you a call about it. Thanks, Bob
prm1177 posted 10-09-2003 02:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for prm1177  Send Email to prm1177     
Thought I'd reply, because I know how lonely it gets when no one posts an answer. I have an OR II 17 and these are my thoughts on using the port quarter seat storage as a bait well.

1. It's actually rather small
2. No easy way to ad a recirculating pump
3. It's not sealed at the top, so water will slop out in rough conditions.

That said, go for it and report back...

Advocate posted 10-09-2003 03:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for Advocate  Send Email to Advocate     
I saw one on a '99. The pump (essentially a bilge pump)is next to the bilge pump in the compartment in the floor. It had a thru-hull pick-up. The outflow travelled via a tube to the "well". A tube with a 90 deg. elbow is placed in the drain in the back of the compartment. Once the water level reaches the top of the tube, it circulates out. As long as the pump is on there is a constant flow of new water. Although the compartment is small, it beats taking up cockpit space. I believe the set-up may double as a wash down.
RJM posted 10-09-2003 06:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for RJM  Send Email to RJM     
Thanks for the replies. It seems that the seat lid could be removed and a molded "tank top" put in its place. I am thinking that maybe the intake could come from the drain in the seat well and the outflow could go via the engine well drain. I could get the electrical off the anchor light on the starboard side and control the pump with the existing switch. I was hoping Whaler had designed this whole thing in one neat little package. I will also look into using the fish well drain as an intake as Advocate suggested. I think all I really need is one scoop of bait and it would be nice to keep the deck clear.
Advocate posted 10-10-2003 09:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for Advocate  Send Email to Advocate     
If the drain in the bottom of the seat compartment is to be the intake, you will need to devise a way to keep the water in the compartment when moving. Otherwise, the water will flow out, possibly with your bait.

I like the factory approach, although running the outflow tube to the well will take some effort.

Good luck.

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