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doscaballo posted 07-24-2005 02:27 PM ET (US)   Profile for doscaballo   Send Email to doscaballo  

I have a new-to-me 98 Dauntless 18 that I am trying to figure out the best way to get wash down capabilites installed. Poking around in the bilge area I notice there are two drains in the hull, both in the notched transom area. One is obviously the drain for the livewell. The other one has about 3 feet of hose attached to it and is just loose in the bilge area. The hose on the livewell drain looks to be about 3/4" and the other one seems to be about an inch in diameter. Anyone have any idea what this through hull drain is for? I looked over the schematics from and the owners manual and cannnot find anything.

Thanks in advance,

Mike B

DeepSouthWhaler posted 07-25-2005 09:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for DeepSouthWhaler    
That is the drain for the fishbox in the removable aft bench seat. The hose routes through the small, round access port on the stern and attaches to the drain on the fishbox in the center of the bench seat.
doscaballo posted 07-26-2005 11:12 AM ET (US)     Profile for doscaballo  Send Email to doscaballo     
Thanks DSW, that make sense. I guess someone removed the fishbox and the connectors to the hose.

So what should I do with this hose that goes to nowhere. Is it bad to leave it unattached to anything in the bilge? I thought about plugging the through-hull on the outside of the hull temporarily. Would this be a bad idea? Something else?

Thanks again,


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