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florida1098 posted 12-10-2004 01:55 AM ET (US)   Profile for florida1098   Send Email to florida1098  
Why did Boston Whaler design the 15O SPORT to not be self bailing? I owned a 15 JET [RAGE?] and the self bailing was preferred. Either way, best boat I ever owned.
vink posted 12-10-2004 06:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for vink  Send Email to vink     
I have a 2003 Sport150 and when I leave it at the dock I pull the plug. With a Big Foot Merc 60 4S in the upright position the drain hole is right at the waterline. If it rains all the rainwater drains out. I did mount a bilge pump in the stern of the boat just as a precaution for use when I am aboard and water might splash into the vessel. One dealer told me it was self draining and another one said it wasn't so I had to find out for myself by trial and error. One warm day while standing in the water behind the boat I pulled the plug to see what would happen. I anxiously stood there with plug in hand ready to put it back but it was not necessary. As a reult of this the bilge pump rarely gets used.
jimh posted 12-10-2004 07:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
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Moe posted 12-11-2004 01:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
We picked our 150 Sport up the first day of the 2003 Lake Erie Rendezvous. That night it stormed severely and the next morning we had a lot of water in it.

Steve Farnsworth (Backlash) told me to hop in, pull the plug, and get back out. I did, and within minutes, the sole was completely dry, even with the 60HP four-stroke. It took on a little water as I got back in and plugged it.

We also forgot the plug one day after launching and took on quite a bit at the dock. A short run without the plug, and it was gone.


Royboy posted 12-17-2004 02:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for Royboy  Send Email to Royboy     
I've found that if I stand in just the right spot in my 130 Sport, any water in the boat will drain out through the drain under the pilot seat. If you're quick you can even put it back in before any appreciable ammount of water comes back in. I too installed a bilge pump next to the transom drain for when I take water underway, which is pretty rare. Usually only spray, and it takes quite a lot of that to need the pump, but it's nice to have in case I do something stupid.

130 Sport

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