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Old 09-11-2019, 06:16 AM
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For what it's worth. I kept my first boat in a dry stack in Charleston SC. Every time they pulled it from the water they would pull the drain plug and water would run out. I asked them on one occasion if this was normal for every boat. They replied that they drain water from every boat that they haul out except for Contenders. He said that the Contenders that they had in dry stack always had a dry bilge when they returned.
Old 09-11-2019, 06:27 AM
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every boat I ever owned collected water in the bilge at one time or another. As little as a pint to as much as 3-4 gals. depending on weather, ocean conditions, my cleaning/hosing process, leaking hose, etc.
No big deal unless it caused the bilge pump to cycle.
Generally I would manually turn on bilge when first getting underway and trim the bow up so it drains aft and get pumped out.
If you are really worried it's always a good idea to put a water sensor in bilge.
Before I had a lift at my summer home I had a water sensor that sent an alarm to my telephone number so when I wasn't there it gave me piece of mind the boat was ok.
Old 09-11-2019, 06:49 AM
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All good advice above.

I had a similar problem.

I parked my boat on my bone dry very dusty driveway and, after disabling the bilge pump, carefully filled the bilge with water.

after a short amount of time I traced the leak to an intake for a live well pump.

I’d learned “The driveway” trick on THT. Worked great for me.
Old 09-11-2019, 08:03 AM
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Iíve always stuck to old boats because of an inexplicable addiction to Aquasports from the 70ís (also that whole Ďbudgetí thing). Iíve finally pulled the trigger on a new boat and love the thing. Itís a 2200 Bulls Bay.

That said, there is always some water that comes out of the drain plug at the end of the day.

Never having owned a boat with live wells beforeóI suspect that this water is live well related. Last night, I intentionally fished all artificial and didnít fill the wells. I spent 2 hours on the water trout fishing and there was still some water when I pulled the plug at the end of the day. Significantly less than an 8 hour day with both wells full of eelsóbut water nonetheless. Nothing choppy and didnít touch the wash down.

My gut tells me that some water still works itís way in through the wells; but I also have this hunch that there may be some kind of loose through-hull.

Is it normal for some water to show up? I havenít done the hose-test yet and turn to you to see if that is warranted.



fill the bilge and watch for drips...
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If your boat is on a trailer completely drain the bilge and all wells.Back the boat down the ramp until the stern is buried.Don't on hook the boat.Youll notice where the leak is quickly.
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Are you the same guy who is hand tightening your drain plug? If so itís probably normal.
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Many above-deck livewells aren't totally sealed along the top. They're tabbed in place while the deck assembly is upside down and often not sealed 100% of the way around the circumference. Sloshing water will then find its way over the top and into your bilge. An easy test is to spray water from a hose upward around the inside of the livewell and I'll bet you find water dripping into the bilge from more than one point. You can then seal it yourself (if your dealer isn't conveniently close by) or have them do it.

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Old 09-11-2019, 11:16 AM
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Keep an eye on the transom when you launch. I get water coming through the scuppers until there is enough hull in the water to float (need to replace flappers). Because of poor design on an older hull, that water can make it into the bilge when the boat is on angle. I don't imagine your BB has this issue, but make sure you aren't getting water in through control penetrations in the splash well.
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Originally Posted by Rags View Post
every boat I ever owned collected water in the bilge at one time or another. As little as a pint to as much as 3-4 gals. depending on weather, ocean conditions, my cleaning/hosing process, leaking hose, etc.
No big deal unless it caused the bilge pump to cycle.
Generally I would manually turn on bilge when first getting underway and trim the bow up so it drains aft and get pumped out.
If you are really worried it's always a good idea to put a water sensor in bilge.
Before I had a lift at my summer home I had a water sensor that sent an alarm to my telephone number so when I wasn't there it gave me piece of mind the boat was ok.
This puts my mind at restóbilge has never turned on automatically. Iíll monitor it over next 5 uses and will be back with any updates worth sharing. Thanks all

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PS: Here she is for those wondering

Old 09-12-2019, 10:12 AM
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Originally Posted by Cobia 217 View Post
Many above-deck livewells aren't totally sealed along the top. They're tabbed in place while the deck assembly is upside down and often not sealed 100% of the way around the circumference. Sloshing water will then find its way over the top and into your bilge. An easy test is to spray water from a hose upward around the inside of the livewell and I'll bet you find water dripping into the bilge from more than one point. You can then seal it yourself (if your dealer isn't conveniently close by) or have them do it.
This ^^^^^^ it happened to me on a brand new boat. Another way to check is to get a hand mirror and flashlight and look at the inside top where it's sealed. Mine had lots of gaps in the sealant that were readily visible. It didn't leak over until you put the hammer down and the water rushed to the back of the well and thru the gaps. (see pic above) Good luck

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