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Scott Grey posted 01-14-2007 08:31 PM ET (US)   Profile for Scott Grey   Send Email to Scott Grey  
I used my boat [apparently a Boston Whaler boat first designed after c.1990 but not identified or specified until it was later revealed to be a 190 OUTRAGE] this weekend and while [I] was out [I] put the plug in the bottom of the live well. After a hour or so [I] looked inside to see if it was dry and it was full of water. I looked in the manual and couldn't find anything. How do [I] plug the live well so it doesn't fill with water? The bottom plug was in and live well switch was never on. I figured [I]'d check here before the dealer.
Lars Simonsen posted 01-14-2007 08:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for Lars Simonsen  Send Email to Lars Simonsen     
I suspect that you have a "clamshell" over the intake for your live well pump, and when you are underway, it scoops up water. So you get water in your live well through the fill pipe whether or not you've cut on the pump. Instead of plugging the drain of your live well, you should plug the fill pipe. Mine had a screw-in plug (doesn't anymore . . .)
contender posted 01-14-2007 09:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for contender  Send Email to contender     
Lars is correct. The boat underway forces the water through the pump, ON or OFF. You need to put a gate valve on the intake. The gate valve should be attached to the intake then the pump. Good luck
galtsfan posted 01-14-2007 10:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for galtsfan  Send Email to galtsfan     
I put a Shur-Flow Blaster washdown pump in to replace the little live well pump that was stock. I then put a brass garden hose "Y" adapter in the live well hose located in the splashwell. Now, I can control both the flow to the live well and the attached washdown nozzle. Haven't had a chance to test it yet.
Scott Grey posted 01-14-2007 11:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for Scott Grey  Send Email to Scott Grey     
That makes a lot of sense. I didn't expect it to fill on its own, but the intake is close to the live well on the bottom of the boat.
Jordi posted 01-15-2007 05:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jordi  Send Email to Jordi     
There is no need to put any valves or modifications to your boat. In your manual you will see a Seacock valve next to your bilge drain plug. Turn the handle clockwise to close it and you will not have water entering your live well. (Open the valve when you use the live well)
handn posted 01-15-2007 09:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for handn  Send Email to handn     
You didn't say what kind of boat you had but in my 305 Conquest there is a little door under the live well with plumbing and sea cock inside. Unless you are using the live well, this should be turned off.
In the bilge, there is a sea cock controling a raw water intake for both the salt water washdown and the live well. I leave this on as I regularly use the washdown. There is a cap that covers the outlet for the washdown. If the cap is in place no water will leak into the boat.
fishgutz posted 01-15-2007 04:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for fishgutz  Send Email to fishgutz     
My Dauntless has a spigot IN the live well that you can shut off. That takes care of it. Just make sure all below deck connections are tight. If they aren't tight, your boat will fill up faster than if it just had a hole in it. Not a huge problem on a Whaler but a problem none the less. So every year of so make sure all connections and hose clamps are tight.
First time we took the boat out after installing the factory live well kit, we stowed 3 beach towels in the live well. Got to the lake. Cruised around a bit then went swimming. Imagine our surprise when we wanted to dry off. The beach towels each weigh at least 30 pounds. Luckily it was about 85 degrees out so we just airdried. Good thing we didn't have a camera in there. You only do that once. I always check that spigot.
Scott Grey posted 01-15-2007 10:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for Scott Grey  Send Email to Scott Grey     
Sorry, the boat is a 190 Outrage, and, yes, it has the seacock valve. Thanks guys, [I] think that will do it.
Yiddil posted 01-21-2007 08:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     
Scott, Jordi is correct, shut her down with the seacock. :)

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