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Old 06-30-2020, 01:36 PM   #1
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Hi all, new poster and boater here. I have spent a lot of time lurking on this forum and picked up some good tips.

My boat is a Maxum 2600 SE from 2006. Its my first boat and I have a question about the transom bung.

We've had the boat about a month and the bung had never been removed by us, it's stored ashore but has spent a couple of nights in the water recently.

Today I removed the bung and was surprised how much water poured out, I didn't measure it but had a good flow coming out for a while! I did the taste test and it is sea water.....

Is this usual? Should I remove it after every use?

I did notice the boat next to mine had PTFE tape around his bung, mine had nothing, I'm going to try this next time I'm down at the boat.

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No thatís not normal. I doubt the plug was leaking. Inspect the bellows for cranking in between the folds. May also be a leaking hose on the engine. Try running on muffs with the plug installed to see if any water collects in the bilge.
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Cheers, i'll give the running on muffs a go. I'll check the bellows but these were replaced last year so hopefully not those.
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One more place would be the swivel shaft seal at the top of the gimbal ring for the steering.
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That is a Garboard Plug. Don't 'Taste Test' bilge water. That is a great way to potentially get very sick. Yes, you should remove the garboard plug each time the boat is hauled. No it is not uncommon to get water.

You're getting water in from somewhere. If it's saltwater, it should be addressed.
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