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WisED posted 03-01-2010 09:58 AM ET (US)   Profile for WisED   Send Email to WisED  
Please forgive my ignorance but I have a silly question. When reading the whaler manual they recommned the deck drains be plugged in all conditions except when the boat is docked and empty, isn't self bailing while under way the whole idea of the deck drains (besides getting rid of rain etc)???
diveorfish posted 03-01-2010 07:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for diveorfish  Send Email to diveorfish     
I could be wrong, but I think they are refering to the in deck fish boxes, and bilge areas.
WisED posted 03-02-2010 11:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for WisED  Send Email to WisED     
Nope, I'm reffering to the so called deck scuppers at the rear of the cockpit in conquest models. The manual states that they are only functional in a static unloaded boat and that they as well as the garboard and fishboxes should be plugged when underway. Inquiring minds want to know :)
deepwater posted 03-02-2010 12:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for deepwater  Send Email to deepwater     
At rest the boat will self drain,,While underway the plugs can be installed once the water is out and will keep water out should you slow down or stop keeping the deck area dry,,If you dont mind walking around in a few inches of water at the stern leave them out all the time,,when off shore we needed to keep much of our gear forward to have room in the rear to fight fish ,,This weight forward kept the stern lifted and we never got much water in the sump,,So I guess it only depends on if or how wet you like your toes
diveorfish posted 03-02-2010 01:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for diveorfish  Send Email to diveorfish     
That seems strange to me, why even bother having them then? On my boat the scupper holes are large and I was never given any plugs for them. The standard plug does not fit so I couldn’t even plug them if I wanted to. Something has apparently changed over the years. Go figure.
wood duck posted 03-02-2010 05:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for wood duck  Send Email to wood duck     
The scuppers on my 2009 235 Conquest should not and cannot be plugged. Deck fishboxes, port/starboard cooler seats, livewell, and bilge can take plugs.
WisED posted 03-02-2010 07:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for WisED  Send Email to WisED     
Maybe the manual is a little goofy. I wonder how you would plug them anyway since the scuppers are in fact covered by a plastic grate, the outlet is in the superior portion of the trim tab "well". Im pretty certain they should function when the boat is on plane. I guess I will find out in May!
WisED posted 03-02-2010 08:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for WisED  Send Email to WisED     
Just checked the manuals for the different years. The plug indication is there till 2008, it disappears in 2009. The parts schematics are the same for all years, I guess it simply took them a while to notice the gaffe in the manual:)

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