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Custom hatch opening on your carpet saver?


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I have a leak in my boat...the water does not all escape the boat through the back drain plug. Seems like the lowest point is where the center plug goes. Anyways, I always feel that is the better plug to use on a regular basis.

My carpet saver covers that hatch and I find it a nuisance to pull the carpet back.

I was considering having a local carpet place cut out a section over the opening for the center hatch. Has anyone done this?

Topic for another thread will be where all the water in my bilge comes from and that I am considering another bilge pump for the forward area.

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Yea, I've thought the same thing. And you have like 3' more carpet saver than I do.

I'm sure it can be done. I've had carpet binding done for my wife's car. As I recall it was like $2/foot.

As for the leak, first place to look is under your rear, center seat. Have your wife put the boat in gear, at idle speed, and stick your head underneath the v-drive & see if you can notice how much the prop packing is leaking. Lots of threads with suggestions on this. Pretty typical problem after a handful of years on these boats. Especially if their stored them dry.

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Another possibility is make sure all the ballast pumps are screwed tightly, one of mine was loose and leaked pretty good. I don't use the center drain plug for a couple of reasons, 1) inspection stations for mussels want the rear transom plug removed, just easier to not argue about it, 2) there is a lip on the floor that prevents all the water getting out, 3) it didn't do any better than the transom plug and the it's just more convenient imho.

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