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tmatt posted 04-10-2006 12:18 PM ET (US)   Profile for tmatt   Send Email to tmatt  
Greetings CWer's!

I've lurked here for quite some time. My first post here is a curious one.

Saturday, I was installing a set of trim tabs on the Dauntless. I had drilled all my holes and test-fitted the starboard tab and then started work on the port.

I marked and started drilling 1/16" x 1-1/2" deep pre-pilot holes for mounting the port tab, working out from the centerline. My mounting plate is about 3" or so in from port side of the boat angled to match the "V" along the bottom of the transom.

Well, I drill the 4th hole (highest on the transom, and closest to the port side) and my shoes start getting wet! The boat was peeing on me! Quite a bit of clear water drained out of the hole...maybe a pint or two. I didn't think fast enough to catch it and measure. It did smell horrible! Strong sulphur or rotten-eggs smell. The water was clear...just stinky.

Since the boat is less than a year old, it is now sitting in the dealer's service department. I'm anxiously waiting for a call from them explaining what the problem is, where the water is from, and what will be done to correct it. They said they were calling the factory to check into it.

I am a newbie boat owner but already know that water in the transom is a no-no. I'm now looking for some advice as to what I should expect from BW and the dealer regarding this. Is it typical to 'explore' the interior of the transom to see where the water is from and how damp the transom is? What should I be asking and checking to make sure that this doesn't come back to bite me in the future?


Lars Simonsen posted 04-10-2006 08:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Lars Simonsen  Send Email to Lars Simonsen     
My understanding is that some water is normal in the new whaler hulls. It's apparently a byproduct of the foam they use. I remember reading a post by someone who had a similar experience with a new montauk. I'd be interested to hear what the dealer/factory has to say about it. But a pint or two does sound like a lot of water . . .


Barney posted 04-10-2006 09:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for Barney  Send Email to Barney     
As Lars stated there have been a couple of people reporting water dripping from drilled holes in new Whalers, including me. Mine dripped from when I installed the Mill's mooring cover. The story was some water will be contained in the hull from construction. Good question to ask tho, especially with water coming out of transom. Jim
montaukman posted 04-10-2006 09:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for montaukman  Send Email to montaukman     
When I installed my bow shelter on my 170 I was a little unnerved as well to see water seeping out of one of the pilot holes. I didn't sweat it as I knew there was no way water could have gotten in.

I am glad to see that it is common.



tmatt posted 04-11-2006 04:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for tmatt  Send Email to tmatt     
Thanks for the replies. Your comments set me more at ease knowing that this can happen with new boats.

I just spoke to the dealer and they checked with the factory. They say that that is from the foaming process. It is normal for some water to get trapped and that is why the water smelled so bad.

Anyway, I'm good to go. I guess I have to finish the tab job now :).


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