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Old 12-23-2018, 01:46 PM
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I recently purchased a used 2005 Sea Hunt Victory 225 walkaround. After a couple days of rain, I noticed about 3-4" of standing water in the bottom of my cuddy. It didn't drain until I took it to a boat ramp and had it at a pretty severe angle.

I took the boat out for a few minutes on the lake and when I removed the drain plug quite a bit of water came out.

The next time I took it to the lake I was on the water for about 3 hours and when I removed the drain plug a lot of water came out. It took a few minutes for it to drain.

I think my scuppers are bad and aren't fully closing.

Does anyone have any other ideas?
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Old 12-23-2018, 01:49 PM
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You need an automatic bilge pump.
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Old 12-23-2018, 01:54 PM
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Leave the plug out when the boat is on the trailer.
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Old 12-23-2018, 02:14 PM
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Id wanna know where water is coming from. If it's coming from topside (where most water comes from in boats) check all sanctions and window seals. Same goes for anything screwed into the topside. Anchor cleats, nav lights, windshield etc. A few drips from each really adds up over a few weeks.

as for water gathering while underway is it an inboard? I had some good leaks around the brass drains of my manifolds on my new boat plus a leaky volvo raw water pump. Had a couple gallon of water in an hour of ride time in her test run. Scuppers could be leaking too. An auto bilge is a just for a anything more than a kayak/canoe/dingy.
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Old 12-23-2018, 03:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Clarkspoon View Post
Leave the plug out when the boat is on the trailer.
I always leave the plug out when it on the trailer. There shouldn't be that much water coming in. I'm talking 20-30 gallons at least when I drain it. It costs me 3-4 mph coming back in.
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Originally Posted by Dohcdelsol93 View Post
Id wanna know where water is coming from. If it's coming from topside (where most water comes from in boats) check all sanctions and window seals. Same goes for anything screwed into the topside. Anchor cleats, nav lights, windshield etc. A few drips from each really adds up over a few weeks.

as for water gathering while underway is it an inboard? I had some good leaks around the brass drains of my manifolds on my new boat plus a leaky volvo raw water pump. Had a couple gallon of water in an hour of ride time in her test run. Scuppers could be leaking too. An auto bilge is a just for a anything more than a kayak/canoe/dingy.
Its an outboard. I don't think my bilge pump is working but way too much water is getting in.
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Old 12-24-2018, 06:26 AM
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Got to find out where the water is coming in and also find the floor drain that is blocked Also get a working bilge pump if yours doesn't work
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Old 12-24-2018, 08:07 AM
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Originally Posted by Fletch44 View Post
I recently purchased a used 2005 Sea Hunt Victory 225 walkaround. After a couple days of rain, I noticed about 3-4" of standing water in the bottom of my cuddy. It didn't drain until I took it to a boat ramp and had it at a pretty severe angle.

I took the boat out for a few minutes on the lake and when I removed the drain plug quite a bit of water came out.

The next time I took it to the lake I was on the water for about 3 hours and when I removed the drain plug a lot of water came out. It took a few minutes for it to drain.

I think my scuppers are bad and aren't fully closing.

Does anyone have any other ideas?
So you think its from the rain and then the scuppers? Figure out the source. Does it taste salty or fresh?
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Old 12-26-2018, 12:08 AM
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Default just maybe that why they called bilge pumps

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You need an automatic bilge pump.
I always wondered about that !!
Yeah not that uncommon and could be coming from any where !
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Old 12-26-2018, 03:27 AM
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Originally Posted by Fletch44 View Post
I always leave the plug out when it on the trailer. There shouldn't be that much water coming in. I'm talking 20-30 gallons at least when I drain it. It costs me 3-4 mph coming back in.

are you using the livewell?
a lot of boats don't seal the top of their livewells, so the water sloshes into the bilge when running.
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Old 12-26-2018, 04:47 AM
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Originally Posted by Fletch44 View Post
Its an outboard. I don't think my bilge pump is working but way too much water is getting in.
i am going to question your common sense. the one thing you need to be working may or may not work "the bilge pump". for the life of me i can't understand the mentality of going out on the water with broken/poorly functioning equipment. the first thing you need to do is fix the pump. next take it to the water tie it to the dock and see if the water is coming in when the boat is not moving. if it is find the hole, my bet would be a drain hose in the bilge or a through hull is compromised. if it holds water not moving take it for a ride, let someone else drive and look for water coming in.
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Old 12-26-2018, 05:04 AM
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I agree with shipwreck1, its probably coming in around the live well. If not check all the thru hulls, it sounds like a slow leak somewhere. Check the keel also for any signs of damage where water could be seeping in.
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I don't think my bilge pump is working.....
This is why we have high insurance premiums....
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This is why we have high insurance premiums....
Thanks for your non helpful response.
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I agree with shipwreck1, its probably coming in around the live well. If not check all the thru hulls, it sounds like a slow leak somewhere. Check the keel also for any signs of damage where water could be seeping in.
I have a boat mechanic coming out to look at it. I'm wondering since the bilge isn't working that water could be coming in through one of the valves of the bilge. It was a salt water boat that wasn't used very often.

I ordered the scuppers to replaced them because they were warped from the sun.

I'm only using the boat on a lake right now until I get it repaired properly so tasting the water wouldn't help.
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Thanks for your non helpful response.
He's not wrong though!
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Originally Posted by Fletch44 View Post
I recently purchased a used 2005 Sea Hunt Victory 225 walkaround. After a couple days of rain, I noticed about 3-4" of standing water in the bottom of my cuddy. It didn't drain until I took it to a boat ramp and had it at a pretty severe angle.

I took the boat out for a few minutes on the lake and when I removed the drain plug quite a bit of water came out.

The next time I took it to the lake I was on the water for about 3 hours and when I removed the drain plug a lot of water came out. It took a few minutes for it to drain.

I think my scuppers are bad and aren't fully closing.

Does anyone have any other ideas?
In your first sentence you attribute the water to rain. In the following sentences you say you get water when you run the boat (I presume no rain).

If you are getting water in from just running the boat you really need to look at each thru hull, scupper, and below water-line hose and hose clamp and identify the source. You should also confirm there is no crack in the hull.

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Explain the scuppers not closing and how this would cause water to enter the cabin.
The scuppers should be above the waterline.
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Originally Posted by Fletch44 View Post
Thanks for your non helpful response.

Here's a helpful tip. Fix your bilge pump before you go out again so you can worry less about sinking your boat and worse, killing yourself.

Then. get your boat on a trailer, put the plug in, disconnect your bilge pump (if it's fixed) and fill up your bilge as high as your can without damaging anything, or at least above the water line, and check ALL of your fitting for leaks. Keep a towel handy and make sure that bottom is bone dry. If you see any water coming out, there is your leak. It could be just a small drip, but you would be surprised how persistent that can be. You'll have much better visibility to your hull this way, but if you don't find a leak, that's not the end of it....

If no leaks are found, you will have to get it in the water as the boat displacement will exert more pressure. Then check ALL your fittings and look for cracks.

If you still cant find anything, then you are getting water in from the top sides.
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Originally Posted by ReelNauti View Post
Explain the scuppers not closing and how this would cause water to enter the cabin.
The scuppers should be above the waterline.
OP does not know what a scupper is. Sometimes ignorance is a bliss. Sometimes it's not.
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