Willard 730 - Bilge Water
Hmmm....I always end up with some water in the bilge after taking the boat out. I seems to be about the same amount whether the boat is in the water 3 hours or 3 days. My initial thoughts: outdrive (bellows?), drain plug, or raw water intake (either at the sea cock or the pump end). I replaced my raw water pump a couple of weeks ago so that eliminated one option!
Last week, before heading out, I vacuumed out any remaining water that didn't drain through the plug and gave the bilge a good cleaning. Upon launch, I left the bilge hatch open, left the boat on the trailer, climbed aboard, and watched for any water trickling in...
Well, it was not from the suspected sea cock, outdrive, or drain plug! There was a trickle of water from two half moon shaped drain holes on either side of the transom box that seemed to be flowing at the same rate. These holes drain the void on the outer 1/3 of each side of the hull.
Question: Do the bolt holes (for attaching the tubes) go all the way through to this void and could this be the source of the water??? (when putting on the tubes, I WAS able to put a screwdriver all the way into the hole)
If so, I would probably pull out each bolt and dab some bathroom silicone on it and put it right back in...heck, I'd probably only have to the back half of the hull.
If it's not the case....I think I have bigger issues!
[not by bilge, I just stole the picture from a for sale thread]