Originally Posted by mmwjr
100% agree this is an issue that needs to be addressed ASAP!
Ok. Now I'm definitely going to get this checked out. But just for a little background to make sure I'm not overacting here. I've had the boat for almost 2 years now (it is 15 years old) and yes the bilge while sitting anchored in the water will pump a significant amount of water out every 10 or 15 minutes or so. I'd venture to say 1 to at most 2 gallons each time.
I have never noticed it pumping while underway at any speed. Granted I've never really looked over the side of the boat while driving to see if water was pumping out of it.
When I look down in the engine compartment you can see the bilge pump (red cylindrical motor) right in front of the boat motor in the bottom of the boat (deepest point). There is usually a little bit of water down there at all times while the boat is in the water. Its even in there after I pull it out for a couple days. But it usually seems to be such a little amount that it isn't enough to pump out as it isn't getting above the level needed to be pumped out. I'm talking maybe a half gallon (60ish oz.) at most at any given time sitting in the bottom of the boat by the pump. I've never ever opened the engine compartment and been worried that there is too much water (at least from what I can see). I can always walk around down there for the most part and it be dry.
So am I just getting lucky that my bilge pump hasn't given out yet? And from the sounds of it a bilge pump on lets a say a brand new boat or a newly re-seald/gasketed boat should never pump unless there is a leak somewhere. Which is obviously not ideal.
Sorry for the long winded message. Just wanted to clear some things up before I drop a bunch of money to have it looked at.
Thank you both again for all your help!