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RickS posted 10-16-2006 02:05 PM ET (US)   Profile for RickS   Send Email to RickS  
I have a 2005 21 outrage, and every time I launch the boat I get several gallons of water in the bilge. The dealer has replaced the hatch in the splashwell, but I still seem to get water in the bilge after lauching and when water comes over the transom lip. Anyone else with this problem or have a solution? Is that hatch ever really water tight? Thanks.
fno posted 10-18-2006 04:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for fno  Send Email to fno     
In the center part of your deck is a floor that is caulked and screwed into place. This deck goes under the console to the transom well area. Where it meets the fishboxes there is caulking underneath. Look in these areas for missing caulk. Anywhere there is missing caulk from the transom up will allow all the water that comes in the boat to wind up in the bilge. I am fully sealed up and still get some water down there. Not as much as you, it sounds like. Take a look at and you will see from the drawings how the hull is constructed and can better determine the fixes. Keep in mind that even the cup holders in the back drain into the bilge.
RickS posted 10-18-2006 08:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for RickS  Send Email to RickS     
Thanks, I had the splashwell access hatch replaced (although it still does not seem very water tight)but haven't checked the floor seams. Looks like a good weekend project.
phatwhaler posted 10-18-2006 10:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for phatwhaler  Send Email to phatwhaler     
If you are getting several gallons of water in the bilge then you have more than just missing caulk. If you have the sorry Viking brand hatch in the splash well, I would lube the "O" ring with some grease to help it seal. I would also make sure your bilge pump automatic feature is working. Is the float switch operating the pump when water comes in. My 1996 Outrage gives me about a quart of water at the ramp when I pull the drain plug. I notice the bilge pump cycling once in a while.

pw out.

RickS posted 10-23-2006 11:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for RickS  Send Email to RickS     
Lauched the boat this weekend, with me in it, and the water was pouring in through the trim tab hydraulic line holes.
I am still under warranty, so back to the dealer.

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