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maxferran posted 08-14-2007 12:07 PM ET (US)   Profile for maxferran   Send Email to maxferran  
My deck fish boxes in my 1993 21 outrage fill with water from the side scuppers when at anchor in a decent surf. Does anyone else with a 20, 21, 24, or 26 1993-1998 have the same problem or a soulion? When I fill the box with fish, the ice melts, fish float ect....

I know some boats came with a macerator pumout system but this one did not. Can I block the

rtk posted 08-15-2007 10:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for rtk  Send Email to rtk     
I have a 1997 21 Outrage. I don't get any water in the boat from the deck drains. There is a rubber flap over the thru hull on each side of the boat that prevents water from coming in. I would check to see that the rubber flaps are there.

I do get water in the fish boxes from rain though. They don't fill up, but I get enough in there that it is a bit of a pain. I have the pump out for the box, but the way it is installed leaves alot of water even after the pump runs.

There have been a few suggestions posted in the past to correct the problems with these fish boxes. Attach a gasket of some sort to the lid to seal the box. Install a small bilge pump at the back of the box to drain the water.


msc posted 08-16-2007 04:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for msc  Send Email to msc     
I had a '92 23 WA with in deck boxes that collected water anytime the cockpit was wet. The problem was that the boxes were not guttered. Short of some type of seal under the lid I know of no fix. I don't know if your arrangement is the same but if it is I know your frustration.
maxferran posted 08-16-2007 05:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for maxferran  Send Email to maxferran     
Hmm. Well the flaps are there, they just do not work. If something as small as a fishcale gets in it, it stays open enough to fill the boxes after a few hours. I can pull the plug and drain it while running, but ice melts fast. I bought some cork conduit plugs to try to plug the holes and see if it stays out (and if my deck water drains into the bilge).

I might try to hookup a similar to stock macerator system. That would be ideal.

Backlash posted 08-16-2007 07:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for Backlash  Send Email to Backlash     

I've got a 1991 21' Walkaround and also get water running into the fish boxes from the side scuppers, but never from the main deck scuppers. This only happens when there is considerable weight in the stern. IMO these side scuppers serve no purpose and an easy fix is to just put plugs in them from the inside. I've tried the rubber flapper scuppers as well as the ball type scuppers and neither keep the water out.

As for the fishboxes, I installed bilge pumps in each fish box and that solved the problem. I have both pumps wired to a single Rule bilge pump switch. These are Rule 500 GPH automatic pumps. To drain the fishboxes, push the switch to the AUTO position and the pumps cycle on every 2½ minutes, and if no water is present, they turn off. If water is present, they run until the boxes are pumped dry. They leave about ½" of water in the very rear of the boxes. I've had these installed for a couple of years now and have had no problems. BTW, they both drain into the main bilge sump.


maxferran posted 08-17-2007 11:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for maxferran  Send Email to maxferran     
I was thinking of doing something similar.. but instead of two pumps, running both sides to one macerator pump and draining out the same hole as the main bilge. I was going to t-off the outflow from the bilge and add the second pipe.

I appreciate the help guys

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