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We have noticed an unusually large amount of water in the hull the past couple times to the lake (as well as the bilge pump coming on frequently). Is there a common place to start looking for a leak???

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I had a similiar problem recently and found both of my leaks you might have a similiar problem since they are the same year of boat. First one has already been touched on. Check the packing nut it should only drip while in motion (prop spinning) and it should only drip a few drips every few seconds. The other spot to check is all of your ballast pump hoses. I had a complete failure of my inlet hose to the center tank. It had 4 splits about 6 inches long. It was still intacted but was leaking a lot.

I had noticed that everytime I filled up my ballast tanks and started pulling a rider the bilge pump would run for several minutes. So we decided to investigate, we opened the access hatch to the bilge and turned on the pump and we could hear and see water just pouring into the bilge. Half went into the tank the other half went into the bilge. Went home that night and replaced the hose and havn't had a problem since.

Anyway good luck and hope this helps

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went out back now that it has cooled off a bit. I found the rear plug 0-ring was completely off (not seated in the groove). How much water do you guys think would get past the plug with no o-ring? I'm wondering if I found the problem or just one of the problems????

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I believe the o-ring does very little sealing, and most of the water seal is the threads, like any pipe thread. I don't know how much is "an unusual amount of water" by your standards, but I'd look elsewhere for the source.


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