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Drain question..... 31 May 2012 01:52 #1

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How much water is normal when you take out the plug in the rear of the boat? We went to the local lake today for my B-Day. 2 hours total running time. When i put the boat on the trailer and pulled the plug out, about 2 to 3 cups of water drained. Is that normal?


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Drain question..... 31 May 2012 03:01 #2

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Unless you had swimmers in and out of the boat NO !

Should remain bone dry otherwise.

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Drain question..... 31 May 2012 04:30 #3

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Could be...is it possible that was water in boat from before..like bow was down and all didn't drain before plug installed......or..do you have a cooler that drains into bilge.....not sure type of boat you have but some models have AC drains in bilge......did you use anchor? Some have anchor storage that drains in bilge...rough water? Hit any waves that splashed over sides.....was bilge plug tight?.......or.....it has a leak

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Drain question..... 31 May 2012 05:08 #4

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with a fiberglass boat there should be zero water in the bilge unless it came in from rain, swimmers or waves going over the bow.
I was 18h on the water and there wasn't a drop of water in the bilge.

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Drain question..... 31 May 2012 07:32 #5

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kjs;690455 wrote: with a fiberglass boat there should be zero water in the bilge unless it came in from rain, swimmers or waves going over the bow.
I was 18h on the water and there wasn't a drop of water in the bilge.


Our boat was in the water for 4 days over the Easter break and no water.

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Drain question..... 31 May 2012 15:02 #6

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I have a new 2012 170 OB Bayliner and I always have water coming out of the boat when I take the plug out. I also use the bilge pump now and then to drain water. I assume since I have an outboard with that low transom that taking on a little water during use is to be expected. Thoughts?

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Drain question..... 31 May 2012 15:08 #7

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I have to take exception to those that say fiberglass boats should never have water in the bilge. Especially stern drives and I/O's. That being said, the outboards should have less, and often none at all. UNLESS, as already mentioned - it can come from rain, waves overboard, anchor locker, cooler drains, people in and out frequently, perhaps with snorkel gear..... I often have some left in mine from the prior clean up, since mine needs quite an angle to drain the ski locker, more than you can get with the factory trailer setup......

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Drain question..... 31 May 2012 15:19 #8

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Does your engine well have a access port that could possibly be leaking? Your drain plug in tight? I've had water in mine, but never once high enough for the bilge pump to grab it. We'll need more info from you....

newboat;690534 wrote: I have a new 2012 170 OB Bayliner and I always have water coming out of the boat when I take the plug out. I also use the bilge pump now and then to drain water. I assume since I have an outboard with that low transom that taking on a little water during use is to be expected. Thoughts?

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Drain question..... 31 May 2012 16:02 #9

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The dealer told me to hand tighten the drain plug so it may not be as tight as should be. Should I gently use a wrench? Around where I boat, the ICW in North Carolina, I always see boats leaving the ramps with water draining from the drain hole. Lots of outboards.

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Drain question..... 31 May 2012 16:05 #10

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I snug mine up a bit with a wrench. I also boat in the ICW in FL, and it's not unusual to take a big wake aboard when some of these giant yachts go blowing by in total disregard to wake zones. All of that will end up in the bilge. Well, all that doesn't get soaked up by the silly carpet they put in these things....

newboat;690555 wrote: The dealer told me to hand tighten the drain plug so it may not be as tight as should be. Should I gently use a wrench? Around where I boat, the ICW in North Carolina, I always see boats leaving the ramps with water draining from the drain hole. Lots of outboards.

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Drain question..... 31 May 2012 16:19 #11

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I always used a small wrench I kept in my glove box in the truck to tighten. Keep an eye on things like stopping fast- that wake will catch you, depending on the height of your transom you could take on some water. Little things like that can add up.

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Drain question..... 31 May 2012 16:30 #12

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I would say, none.

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Drain question..... 31 May 2012 16:34 #13

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Next time I go out I will snug the plug better. If I still bilge a lot of water I will ask the dealer to take a look. Love the boat. Small enough for me to comfortably trailer it all over. Skinny water though.

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Drain question..... 31 May 2012 17:15 #14

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Here's the water in my 185 :eek:



ok - so it had been raining

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Drain question..... 31 May 2012 18:39 #15

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mlines;690593 wrote: Here's the water in my 185 :eek:



ok - so it had been raining


OMG, was it raining biblically? That was a lot of water! I usually keep my drain plug out when the boat sits in the yard, just in case we get some rain some day!

I think I have only had water pump out my bilge once, so far, usually not much comes out when I pull up the ramp.

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Drain question..... 31 May 2012 19:28 #16

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I had a slow leak in my 2007 175. It would take on about 2 gallons of water over a 24 hour period. Never could find exactly where it came in from because if sort of weeped in. After I tightened the four or so bolts that connected the engine to the out-drive it seemed go away. The one on the lower right, as you face the stern, is very very hard to reach. It actually takes a mirror to see it and it was at the limits of my reach.

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Drain question..... 31 May 2012 20:41 #17

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Scrimmer;690629 wrote: OMG, was it raining biblically? That was a lot of water! I usually keep my drain plug out when the boat sits in the yard, just in case we get some rain some day!

I think I have only had water pump out my bilge once, so far, usually not much comes out when I pull up the ramp.




I forgot to take the bung out, on the night it rained biblically!! Any other night I would have got away with it.

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Drain question..... 01 Jun 2012 13:26 #18

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mlines;690652 wrote: I forgot to take the bung out, on the night it rained biblically!! Any other night I would have got away with it.


Ok, that makes some sense. How did the carpet hold up?

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Drain question..... 01 Jun 2012 16:35 #19

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nit_lion;690571 wrote: I would say, none.


To clarify my comment, aside from Biblical rain (plug in), water introduced by humans, or sea spray, I think it should be dry.

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Drain question..... 01 Jun 2012 18:22 #20

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Scrimmer;690858 wrote: Ok, that makes some sense. How did the carpet hold up?


Carpet was soaked but dries just fine, it has to anyway by the time we have climbed in and out after watersports.

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Drain question..... 02 Jun 2012 16:26 #21

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After re-analyzing.... The wife and i came to the conclusion it was about a cup or less. we were thinking the water from the drive when i lowered it to drain. After our outing this last wed. I remember slowing the boat to a stop a couple of times and remember the the water coming up over the swim step a couple of times. Will take better note on our next outing but, i am thinking now that the water came up high enough to hit the vents above the swim step.


Thanks for all the replies though, Better safe than sorry......


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Drain question..... 02 Jun 2012 19:10 #22

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a cup of water can already accumulate if a few people came into the boat wet. What can also happen is that some water comes through the bilge pump assy if the hose isn't routed high up enough. No worry if it isn't a constant stream.

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Drain question..... 03 Jun 2012 16:19 #23

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kjs;691359 wrote: a cup of water can already accumulate if a few people came into the boat wet. What can also happen is that some water comes through the bilge pump assy if the hose isn't routed high up enough. No worry if it isn't a constant stream.







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Drain question..... 06 Jun 2012 02:35 #24

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I too have some water after I use the boat however I think this is just getting in and out with wet feet and any water left in the boat that gets pushed to the back when you are out and about. When you start off there is a bit of force pushing anything sitting up front towards the back.

The onlt time I have had to use the bulge pump was when I forgot to put the bung in......:eek:

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Drain question..... 06 Jun 2012 04:06 #25

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that's why I drilled a hole through the square head of the drain plug. Once it's out it gets attached to the ignition key. It's really easy to see before you go to far into the water.....

I almost drowned my last boat and barely made it back onto the trailer... Running fwd full speed helped the bilge pump a lot. After that I had a second one with twice the capacity...
It's like it was mentioned in another thread about rocks:
- you WILL hit a rock, it's just a matter of when
- you WILL forget the drain plug, it's just a matter of when
- you WILL forget to bring the outdrive or OB up into trailering position, it's just a matter of when

I had all three with the last one twice (OB in previous boat, outdrive in current one 2 weeks ago)

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