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Water accumulation by engine compartment drain plug

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cgeaves

It appears water is accumulating around my drain plug in front of the engine on my '97 Echelon. I've repeatedly dried the compartment and put the boat in the water to test. I'm not certain however the water is coming from a leaking plug. There is a slight gap (1/8") between the bottom of the boat and the bottom of the engine compartment. Water seems to swell in this gap area. Is this the inner hull area or is there a single bottom underneath the engine compartment. If there is a single bottom here, then my plug is definitely leaking. The threads seem fine and we alway tighten securely. Any advise or suggestions??

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WakeAndSno

Have you checked the packing seal? How about hoses?

Is there an HDS in this boat?? Anyone?

JZ

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WakeGirl
Have you checked the packing seal? How about hoses?

Is there an HDS in this boat?? Anyone?

JZ

Yes, I believe that there is an HDS box in that boat. What I'm trying to figure out is this statement:

There is a slight gap (1/8") between the bottom of the boat and the bottom of the engine compartment.

Can you get a picture to show us what you mean?

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cgeaves

Have you checked the packing seal? How about hoses?

Is there an HDS in this boat?? Anyone?

JZ

Yes, I believe that there is an HDS box in that boat. What I'm trying to figure out is this statement:

There is a slight gap (1/8") between the bottom of the boat and the bottom of the engine compartment.

Can you get a picture to show us what you mean?

I can post a pic this weekend. The water is not coming from the drive shaft seal. That is aft of the engine and is only dripping one drop every 30 seconds or so. This water is coming from in front of the engine at the drain plug. Picture this. If you are standing on the floor of your boat which is in the water, your feet are still 6" or more from the water. The floor you are standing on is higher than the bottom of the boat and the space in between is the inner hull. However the "dish" that your engine is cradled into drops lower. In fact it drops so low that it sits right on top of the actual bottom of your boat. This is the general vicinity of your bilge pump. If you unscrew your drain plug and pull it out you can see, at least on my boat, a small gap between the "dish" and the actual bottom of the boat. It is in this gap (1/8th inch) that I'm seeing water first accumulate. It may however just be leaking up from the plug which may not be sealing even though I'm screwing it in tight. Make sense???

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WakeGirl

I think so, but I'd like to see a picture to be sure that we're on the same track. I'm also hoping that a few Echelon owners will chime in on this.

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