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Offline Neal

Bilge draining problems
« on: October 09, 2017, 04:40:01 PM »
Bilge will not drain completely with plug out.  I will drive up hills with plug out and water will drain out but not completely.  After I stop and boat is level there is still water in bilge.  Thanks for help.


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Offline GregE

Re: Bilge draining problems
« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2017, 05:30:22 PM »
Place a cloth strip in the drain hole so it reaches the bilge.  It will help wick the residual water
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Re: Bilge draining problems
« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2017, 05:59:05 PM »
I also noticed I can’t get all the water to drain after washing. I parked my boat on a steep driveway and washed it down and gave it time till I didn’t see anymore water coming out the drain hole. Put the boat away in the garage and looked inside the in floor cooler (between the two pedestal seats) and I could see water through the drain hole in the in floor cooler. Bilge Area looked dry but somehow the water is pooling towards the middle/bow area
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Offline darci

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Re: Bilge draining problems
« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2017, 06:26:36 PM »
The low spot is below the "lunch box" someone once called it...
I am fitting my next (second) bilge pump there. Some folks put downrigger weights there, rod holders, and what have you.
I have mine empty most of the time, so no loss to fit a hatch and pump there, ( how handy) when I do, I will post a how to.

Offline AJFishin

Re: Bilge draining problems
« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2017, 07:41:21 PM »
Put a rag in the drain hole, lift the bow of the boat and call it a day, that's what I do.
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Re: Bilge draining problems
« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2017, 08:33:02 PM »
The rag in the drain hole worked great on my previous boats, but the water builds up towards the bow. Even on a steep driveway it wouldn’t all drain. I just looked at it tonight and the water under the “lunch box” is all dried up. It’s been a week and a half so maybe there wasn’t as much water as I thought was in there
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Re: Bilge draining problems
« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2017, 10:30:34 PM »
The low spot is below the "lunch box" someone once called it...
I am fitting my next (second) bilge pump there. Some folks put downrigger weights there, rod holders, and what have you.
I have mine empty most of the time, so no loss to fit a hatch and pump there, ( how handy) when I do, I will post a how to.

I’d recommend against this idea.  A lot of work..cut out the bottom...where are the wires and tubes going to go?  Have you studied bilge pump capacity and lift?  If you have to run the hose out from there, you’ll be disappointed by the pump efficiency.  Just how much water do you think is going to get held up in the front?  A gallon?  That’s not going to sink you.....

I don’t like that water is held up in the front of the boat....I’ve learned to drain it as best I can and forget about the few ounces up there.
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Offline Markshoreline

Re: Bilge draining problems
« Reply #7 on: October 09, 2017, 10:49:53 PM »
I always run my bilge pumps under power with the bow up so the water runs aft when on the water.  When trailering Indrive up steep hills and even park if possible to let water run out.  At home when resting on the  the trailer I raise the jack as high as possible on blocks and drain the bilge by stuffing in the drain hole strips from the side of an old towels to remove by capillary action the remaining water.  Really amazing how much water that will drain!
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Offline Rokefin

Re: Bilge draining problems
« Reply #8 on: October 10, 2017, 08:32:40 AM »
If it is a real concern a guy could rig up an air blower and blow air up into the bilge area to help evaporate what little water is left in the cavities....It's why I like a used boat - with a new boat things like trapped water would drive me crazy. For now, I do what I can to drain it....no worries.
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Offline Markshoreline

Re: Bilge draining problems
« Reply #9 on: October 10, 2017, 11:52:50 AM »
If there is some debris stacked up in the inside of the drain hole I bend about 1/4” of the end of a piece of coat hanger to reach in and clear it out.   This works well when the bow is raised and there’s plenty of water to flush it out.
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Offline Yachter Yat

Re: Bilge draining problems
« Reply #10 on: October 10, 2017, 12:17:24 PM »
   It just seems like most trailer jacks don't lift quite high enough to drain these Arimas.  As Darci said, there is a low spot in this hull. The way to see this is by putting a level on the gunwale and then placing it on the keel.  You'll see what I'm talking about.  Not a bad thing.........it's just the way it is.   In the past I've blocked the trailer wheels and put another block under the jack in order to get it high enough.  What I do now is remove the bilge plug right after hauling-out.  The water seems to be pretty well drained-out after my one hour trip home from the marina.   

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Offline darci

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Re: Bilge draining problems
« Reply #11 on: October 10, 2017, 12:35:36 PM »
Hey there...just a minute !
   If not for silly non issue "problems" to "fix" what would we do when not actually using our boats?
   There are dozens of ways to deal with a little water up front, usually gravity or just some sunshine cures the issue.

It would be a big deal if any of us actually carried out any of these strange ideas. I just spent two hours checking a non working bilge pump...my mechanic who installed new steering bashed the top of the fuse switch thingie on the dash, Knocked off a terminal...I re-connected now no bilge or anchor lites.

     'Good thing the river is low and the salmon few! Not that a bilge pump is even used for trailer day trips on a calm body of water.

Just something to talk about until "next time".

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Offline dbhazjack

Re: Bilge draining problems
« Reply #12 on: October 24, 2017, 10:15:33 AM »
Draining the bilge, piece of cake, my problem, towing to Neah is a PITA!



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Re: Bilge draining problems
« Reply #13 on: October 24, 2017, 11:28:23 AM »
I don’t worry much about a little water in the bilge.

Occasionally, I’ll add some bleach so it smells pretty.
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