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gutsandglory posted 08-06-2006 12:09 PM ET (US)   Profile for gutsandglory   Send Email to gutsandglory  
Found water, about 5in. deep in the fishwells.Leaking rubber cork or rainwater? In any event removing the cork sends water rushing into the well on the port box but only trickling in on the starboard box. My question--how do you get the water out of the fishwells?
Bella con23 posted 08-06-2006 05:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bella con23  Send Email to Bella con23     
Guts -The fishwell on my 1999 23' Conquest has two methods of water removal. The one I use the most is to pull the plug while underway. The other is to hit the switch for the pumpout. It should be noted that both require the bow to be higher then the stern.
BarryGreen posted 08-07-2006 01:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for BarryGreen  Send Email to BarryGreen     
G&G -

I assume you have a late 235. If so, the lid hold down clamps are adjustable. If you look you'll find the "L" bracket on the bottom of the lid has a pair of locknuts on either side, allowing you to set the clamp pressure. Also, notice that the top chromed snap mechanism looks symmetrical but isn't. One side has a small "bump" that provides the locking pressure, the other side does not. The side with the bump molded in to the chrome actuator must be down when you latch the lid. If you adjust them to exert equal amounts of modest pressure when latched, the boxes should stay dry.

As Bella suggests, pull the plugs on plane to drain the wells.


gutsandglory posted 08-08-2006 09:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for gutsandglory  Send Email to gutsandglory     
Thanks for the tips. Without becoming a pain in the a**, allow me another question. At the helm I have 2 switches, one for the port and one for the starboard fishboxes. How do these work. When the plug is pulled in the box, water rushes IN. Are these pump switches? If so, how can they pump out, if the only thru-hull opening is allowing water in?And yes, I have an '05 Conquest 235.
BarryGreen posted 08-09-2006 07:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for BarryGreen  Send Email to BarryGreen     
G&G -

If the only opening in your deck boxes is the thru-hull at the aft end of each well that goes vertically down through the hull to the outside, you don't have the deck well pump out option. On the 235 Conquest ALL console switches are installed by Whaler whether you have an option or not. Apparently this is cheaper than having different versions and plugging unused holes in the dash. It also makes life much easier when YOU install the options at 1/4 of the price that Whaler asks.

And of course the water rushes in when you pull the thru-hull plugs, they are below the water line. You need to get the boat up on plane, and have someone else walk back, open the hatches, and pull the plugs. Once the wells are dry, put the plugs back in.

However, if you adjust the deck well hatches as described above, the wells should stay dry. On mine (a 2005 like yours) I just use a sponge once and a while to get a couple of ounces of water out.


gutsandglory posted 08-09-2006 08:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for gutsandglory  Send Email to gutsandglory     
Dear Barry,
Invaluable stuff and I thank you. You've been a big help. Thanks again.

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