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Old 06-28-2016, 06:55 PM   #1
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Hi all,

I have a 2400SC, and I'm wondering if anyone has heard of the cockpit drains leaking into the bilge or water coming up in the cockpit deck in quantities great enough to flood the bilge.

I've done a few simple searches on the net fishing for stories about issues like this and the best thing I found was this site.

Thank you for any thoughts, references, etc.

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What year is the boat, Dry?
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2006! (should also be in my profile)
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I didn't check.

Wife and I have a 2004 2400 SC3 - same boat. There is a hose that runs from the deck drain fitting, through the engine compartment/bilge, and attaches to the thru hull fitting, left and right. If the hose is lose, or unattached, at either end you could easily get water coming in the thru hulls and into the bilge because the thru hulls are just a little above the water line. If the hose appears attached at both ends one of the fittings may be cracked. They are pretty easy to see.

We don't get any water in the bilge, but we do sometimes get some water coming up from the deck drains if we have 3 or 4 people in the back of the boat when it is at rest. The weight makes the stern sit lower in the water.

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Great.

So I had 3 adults and 4 children -- lets say about 1100 pounds -- in the cockpit, running approximately 2400 rpm. Everything was dry, meaning specifically the carpet, then all of a sudden there was about 2" of water over the cockpit drains. Ever seen anything like that?

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Haven't seen that on ours. Those small sections of carpet have gotten soggy on ours but I can't say I've ever seen it while running on plane, and I've never seen 2" of water back there.

No way it's coming directly from your bilge though. If the hoses were not connected to the bottom of the deck drains, and the bilge filled with enough water too force it up thru the deck drains, there would be a massive amount of water in the bilge. Y'all would have been treading water.

With the weight you had, and running at 2400 RPM, I'm guessing that perhaps the boat wasn't on plane.
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2006! (should also be in my profile)
Putting it in your signature is more helpful. Keeps from folks from looking it up which we typically don't
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With the weight you had, and running at 2400 RPM, I'm guessing that perhaps the boat wasn't on plane.
You're right, we weren't planing. I was intentionally keeping the nose up for some rough water. Now I'm paranoid about _trying_ to throw a big wake even for something like knee-boarding.

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Wouldn't worry a bit about it.

Open the engine hatch and stick a garden hose into the deck drains. Turn water on, stick head into engine compartment and watch the drain connections. If you don't see water draining into the bilge you'll be fine.

Make sure the bilge pump works while you're in there, in both auto and manual modes. If you're really nervous you can also install a high water alarm in the bilge to alert you.
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Thanks for the feedback, Dan. Much appreciated.
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A pleasure, Dry, that's what this forum is all about.
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