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Dry....Very Dry Bilge 10 Oct 2007 10:58 #1

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For the past few months I had a problem with about 3 or 4 inches of water in the bilge every time I came to the boat. We're under a covered dock, rain was not it. Many weekends we never left the dock but I would have water down there anyway and would sponge it dry. Seacocks always checked out fine, the problem was driving me nuts. :hammer


Each time we left the last thing we would do is rinse out the cockpit. Turns out that all 4 cockpit scuppers either had small cracks or had let go from the sealant altogether. 4 new scuppers properly bedded and the bilge is once again dry as a bone.

I thought I would post this here as a reminder for everyone that has a wet bilge problem and can't figure out where it is coming from. A very easy and satisfying fix.

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Dry....Very Dry Bilge 10 Oct 2007 21:39 #2

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ok new here and going to ask a dumb question ???????????? what is a scuppers?????????

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Dry....Very Dry Bilge 10 Oct 2007 23:03 #3

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No such thing as a dumb question, it's the drains in the deck that go over board

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Dry....Very Dry Bilge 11 Oct 2007 15:57 #4

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My engine hatch seal was leaking so the water ran into the engine compartment instead of out the scuppers. Put new weather stripping on the engine hatch and no I can't hear my trim tabs run and the engine is quiter.

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Dry....Very Dry Bilge 11 Oct 2007 16:18 #5

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Curious about what weather stripping you used and how. Two of my scuppers are actually in the channel below the cover. I have a heat shield but nothing actually sealing off lip of the hatch to the deck.

Screwloose

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Dry....Very Dry Bilge 11 Oct 2007 21:37 #6

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Screwloose;77110 wrote: Curious about what weather stripping you used and how. Two of my scuppers are actually in the channel below the cover. I have a heat shield but nothing actually sealing off lip of the hatch to the deck.

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The engine hatch is flat and water runs into the channel around the hatch then to the scuppers. The factory put 1/8 inch foam on three sides but it did not seal very well and a lot of the water wound up in the engine compartment. I bought some 1/4 inch thick high temp marine weather seal at Lowes and put it on the edge of the deck instead of the hatch. Water no longer gets into the engine compartment and I have noticed a definate reduction in noise. Being on the edge of the opening instead of the hatch cover makes it more suseptable to damage but was a lot easier.

JWood

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Dry....Very Dry Bilge 13 Oct 2007 04:48 #7

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I accidently found a similar problem.The boat is covered on a trailer and it hasn't rained. The back of the transum shower controll dripped into the bilge after the pump was turned off until the pressure is gone. It was just a splash but it accumulated. I visit it often and turn on the pump while I'm there.

Carl

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