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Poppy posted 04-26-2006 05:15 PM ET (US)   Profile for Poppy   Send Email to Poppy  
I've read all the posts and threads I could find--especially here. I am STILL confused about the cottin'-pickin' drain plugs and their value on my 1997 Outrage 20.

Yes, the fish boxes get water in them -- yes, the bow locker gets water -- yes the bilge collects water from rain/washdown. I'm told all this water runs out once the boat is up on plane. I haven't tried it, but I guess I believe it.

Do any of ya'll (I'm from NC) leave ALL your plugs OUT? What about launching? When you dip the stern in the water to slide it off the trailer, you must get the deck really flooded.

I'm tired of running the auto bilge pump and/or pumping water out after a rain storm, but I'm still leary of taking all the plugs out to let my boat be 'self-bailing'.

Let's go over this one more time ...


Sal DiMercurio posted 04-26-2006 05:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sal DiMercurio  Send Email to Sal DiMercurio     
Poppy, I've owned my "V"20 Outrage since 1985 & I've never ever had the plugs in.
With the plugs in & a dead battery, your going to have a mess if it rains.
The water only gets a couple inches high in the sump at the stern & the fish box's get about 10 inch's & thats it, no matter how much water you try to put in those box's or sump, it will only get as high as I just said.
Remember, a Whaler is self bailing & self bailing means just that,..."NO PUMP NEEDED" as long as the plugs are out, "BUT" if you leave the plugs in, you "DO" need pumps.
Leave em out weather the boat is on the trailer or in the water.
drd posted 04-26-2006 08:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for drd  Send Email to drd     
Poppy, I have the same boat as you. I usually keep the plugs in the in deck fish boxes, and the foward stiorage compartment. After a lot of rain I will get some water in both areas. However these will drain while your underway if the plugs are out. My foward comparment will also drain out while sitting at the dock. I do use all of the above for storage, which is why I keep the plugs in. Also the Ice in the fish boxes tends to melt fast with the plugs out. Sal is right when he says the fish boxes will fill to a point and then stop. I hardly ever get a significant amount of water in my bilage, even after heavy rain.
jimh posted 04-27-2006 12:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Check the owner's manual for advice. For the older hulls, you can read the factory's opinion of drain plugs in the REFERENCE section. See: html#selfBailing

Poppy posted 04-27-2006 10:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for Poppy  Send Email to Poppy     
Thanks for the info, guys. I'm not going to throw the plugs away -- but they're going to see little use from now on.

I do love this boat -- previously owned two Montauks, and loved them, too -- but the Outrage has so much more room and range.

Thanks again, and GOOD FISHING!


20dauntless posted 04-27-2006 10:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for 20dauntless  Send Email to 20dauntless     
I believe that the 1997 Outrage 20 is based on the same hull as my 1996 Dauntless 20. On my boat there are 6 drain plugs. 5 are on the transom. 1 is near the bottom of the V in the hull, 2 are in the motorwell, and 2 are at about the same level as the motorwell but drain the compartments under the aft seats. There is also a drain plug on the starboard side in an underfloor compartment designed to carry waterskis. I typically leave the plugs for the motorwell out, but put all the others in. I have forgotten to put all the plugs in when launching, and the compartments fill with water quickly but never spill into the boat.


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