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deadeye99 posted 08-21-2006 08:18 AM ET (US)   Profile for deadeye99   Send Email to deadeye99  
I have a 1998 15 foot dauntless rigged with a 75 merc. There is a small sump on the starboard side where the rigging comes from under the deck and the livewell pump goes through the hull. I am replacing the pump and this area was full of nasty water. There is a drain hole in the sump that had a plug in it. I am trying to decide if it would be better to leave it open or plug it from the outside. The hull has a diverter in front of the hole. Thank you for any help. Bob
Florida15 posted 08-23-2006 12:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for Florida15  Send Email to Florida15     
I don't know why that boat was designed like that with that little drain box. I had a 1996 15' Dauntless and I never did like it.
I bought my boat used and the previous owner had caulked all along the edges of the box lid so that water would not go in there when spraying the deck. A little water still got in there but not much. I would rather it just go out the stern plugs.
But, I wouldn't plug it from the outside with anything permanent because water will get in there no matter what you do and you'll need to drain it.
deadeye99 posted 08-24-2006 12:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for deadeye99  Send Email to deadeye99     
Thanks for the reply. I am probably going to use a drain plug from the outside or just leave it open since I have a floating dock to keep the boat dry. The water will drain each time. The downside is saltwater on the rigging and if a wire or cable has a split in the insulation it won't last long. Thanks again. Bob
deadeye99 posted 08-24-2006 12:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for deadeye99  Send Email to deadeye99     
I also noticed the pump leaks a little so keeping it dry may be out of the question. Bob

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