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DRDNA posted 09-05-2005 02:34 PM ET (US)   Profile for DRDNA   Send Email to DRDNA  
Have just bought a 1999 23ft. outrage, but can't figure out how the bait tank is supposed to operate. It has an intake in the hull in port corner, but nothing's hooked up to it(as it seems impossible to reach) There's an opening in the bottom of the tank that doesn't drain, and a drain up high that works. Any help is appreciated, such as_ where's the intake for the tank, etc. There's a switch that says bait tank drain that pumps, but nothing empties, and etc. I always owned 80's whalers- 2 17's, an 18. and a 22- they're simpler!!
aubv posted 09-05-2005 06:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for aubv  Send Email to aubv     

There is a Y valve, located behind a door on the bulkhead in front of the bait tank, that directs the water to the bait tank or the raw water washdown.(located just above the toe rail on the port side)

The switch marked raw water either fills the bait tank or feeds the raw water wash down depending on the position of the Y valve.

There are two drains the one on the bottom of the tank with a rubber stopper and an over flow drain to limit how high the water will get inside the tank.

Hope this helps

DRDNA posted 09-07-2005 02:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for DRDNA  Send Email to DRDNA     
thanks- my plumbing was obviously re- arranged by the previous owner! Does anyone know what through- hull the washdown/ bait pump uses?
bsmotril posted 09-07-2005 04:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for bsmotril  Send Email to bsmotril     
On many whalers from the late Nineties, there is no "Y" divertor valve. Instead, the spray nozzle inside of the baitwell also functions as a valve. The nozzle can be screwed in clockwise, shutting off all flow to the livewell and sending all the pressure to the washdown pump hose outlet. When the spray nozzle is turned counter clockwise a turn or so, water will spray into the livewell and you will have very low pressure, if any at all, to the washdown hose. be careful, it does not take much to unscrew the spray nozzle completely and lose the rubber o-ring around its' base.

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