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Old 05-16-2015, 05:02 PM
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So I signed a lease on a really cheap slip at a marina very close to where I live and I'll be keeping my 1967 13 foot boston whaler in the water for the season. I have no bottom paint on currently but I'm looking at some ablative paints. I'll also be ordering a cover to shed any rain. I've never kept a boat in the water before, so I'm not really sure what I'll need.

I'm thinking of getting a solar battery maintainer and a "nature powered bilge pump" like this one: http://www.jamestowndistributors.com...pid=63254&BASE


I'll probably be able to get to the boat 2-3 times per week so I'm not too worried of rain accumulating.

What else should I look out for?
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I kept a 1986 13 whaler uncovered moored every summer for 4 years. We had a water sensing bilge pump that cycled on every 30 seconds and if it didn't sense water it stopped pumping. The battery probably went dead 3 times and the boat filled with water. I don't know if the bilge pump caused the dead battery or what. even if that boat fills with water the power head shouldn't go under. a cover is a great idea.
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Originally Posted by Bluefishing View Post
I kept a 1986 13 whaler uncovered moored every summer for 4 years. We had a water sensing bilge pump that cycled on every 30 seconds and if it didn't sense water it stopped pumping. The battery probably went dead 3 times and the boat filled with water. I don't know if the bilge pump caused the dead battery or what. even if that boat fills with water the power head shouldn't go under. a cover is a great idea.
It did.



I would have a float switch bilge pump with a solar charger/tender.
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^^ that
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Barrier coat the bottom before paint.
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I keep my whaler In the water. Just check on your boat periodically. These boats will never sink. You do have to make sure you have good charge. Sometimes our float switch gets stuck in the up position and it drains the battery. don't worry and enjoy your boat! Good luck!
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Although I often suggest an epoxy barrier coat, to prevent osmosis, I don't in a situation like this, where the boat will be only in the water for 6 months during the year.

I would forget about "nature's pump" That will not keep up with a leak if you really get one. Go with the battery, solar maintainer and float type of bilge pump. Check the float switch regularly.

Enjoy the boat!
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I keep a 10' RIB in the water for weeks at a time, I just check periodically to make sure there is no excessive accumulation ( the hull is self bailing down to about two inches of water).
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I have a 14' edgewater I keep in the water (13' whalers cousin). I would not bother with the cover. I have a solar maintainer and a pump, the one that cycles ever 30 seconds. Never had an issue. Logistically the solar panel with a cover seems like too much of a hassle. Not sure how that would work.
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Make sure all thru hulls are sealed so water does not get in the foam.
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Kept my little mckee craft in the water for 7 years. Out only 1 month a year for bottom repair. That was grind the gel coat blisters let them dry out for a few weeks then some glass a little gel coat some new bottom paint toss it back in the drink.No cover but had a batt tender.Also always stored my plastic fuel tank out of the weather.
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Default I would get one of those floating jet boat docks.

When I was a kid they did not make bilge pumps small enough for 13 whalers. Many left the plug out. it would fill with about 6 inches of water. If not more then a week with out running and cleaning, It would not grow anything. Just had to be careful shifting weight of heavy people until the water went out the back.
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Mine has a long shaft motor, so there was no way to get the bottom of the motor ALL the way out of the water. I have pitting on the bottom of the leg....you may experience the same(?)
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Ok thanks for all the responses. Very interesting. Looks like I'm gonna forgo the cover, paint the bottom get a pump and solar charger.

I'm tempted to leave the plug out, but I have a garboard plug which needs to be screwed on with a wrench from the outside so it would be hard to do

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