I have the old style 23. The deck drains freely to the Splashwell. Up until this weekend, I liked that set up. I had another guy driving my boat and he started backing down on a rig. The waves were coming over the Splashwell. The water came under the "splash gate" and I got about 4 inches of water in the boat. I put it in forward gear and drained all the water back out. I really don't like it when that happens. However I do like being able to wash guts into the Splashwell.
Question is. 23 with twins... When backing down, does water come over the new style splash well onto the deck?
A second unrelated question? Where do you folks put your drinks and food when going offshore? I can't seem to find the right spot for a cooler.
I just looked at the website and saw pics of that splashwell (and saw the door installed in the video)... that looks like a REALLY low and open transom. My 175 Scout can back down in 2-3 without getting too much water in, but I have a higher transom and big, pluggable deck scuppers as well.
This is the pic of the new model I saw: http://www.regulatormarine.com/images/23/234.html
As for food storage, I have two integrated 94 quart coolers aboard (one as a seat in front of console, and one under the leaning post), but if we are just going for a cruise I plug the livewell and fill it with ice to make cleanup faster when we get back, although we have loaded up them all for full day ventures or to have cold drinks reachable from the swim platform. I store dry goods (chips, cups, napkins, etc) under the console which almost has enough room for my 6'5" self to sit inside of).
No I am referring to the short solid wall forward of the transom where the motors mount.
Not my boat but you can see it at about 1:54.
Ok, i'm back to looking at this... I'm thinking of adding the newer style "short"wall with the fold down gate on top. I will have to cut in new scuppers in front of the new wall and drain them out the back somewhere. Basically looking at updating to the new design (pre 2014). The other option is go to a bracket and close the transom. The closed transom option seems very expensive and I'm not sure the boat will handle the change. Thinking of trying option 1.
Rubber flaps like used on commercial boats will slow the water down from coming in while backing down. I'm also a fan of the deck draining freely into the Splashwell
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