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ahopkinsVTX

Rear Facing Transom Seat Storage Drains

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ahopkinsVTX

So the rear facing transom seat storage areas are great for dock lines, flip flops, misc stuff but it gets really wet back there and since there are no drains they just fill with water. I was going to just drill holes in them but I don’t want water just draining onto the engine/wiring, even though I think there is enough space for them to just drain to the floor without getting on anything. 

I figure it’s best to add drains like on the engine warming tray. Does anyone know where to buy these part or something similar? I know I can get the clear tube at the local hardware or HD. 

TIA

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wdr

I was thinking about just gutting/coring the OEM one and be done with. I think that will be a winter project. One of the first things I did was to remove the "rip the new upholstery hose clamp" on it and replace it with a zip tie with the tail cleaned up.

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ahopkinsVTX
1 hour ago, wdr said:

I was thinking about just gutting/coring the OEM one and be done with. I think that will be a winter project. One of the first things I did was to remove the "rip the new upholstery hose clamp" on it and replace it with a zip tie with the tail cleaned up.

I only posted pictures of the warming tray one as an example. I want to do something with the rear transom seat storage bins. 

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wdr

I was thinking the same thing. Plus doing something with the lame rear carpeted ballast pump hose covers. They support absolutely no weight and IMO, serve purely a cosmetic function. If I find some threaded/screw in barbed hose inserts I will post them up.

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MFknK
6 hours ago, ahopkinsVTX said:

So the rear facing transom seat storage areas are great for dock lines, flip flops, misc stuff but it gets really wet back there and since there are no drains they just fill with water. I was going to just drill holes in them but I don’t want water just draining onto the engine/wiring, even though I think there is enough space for them to just drain to the floor without getting on anything. 

I figure it’s best to add drains like on the engine warming tray. Does anyone know where to buy these part or something similar? I know I can get the clear tube at the local hardware or HD. 

TIA

 

Something like this would work well. I saw a 1/2" size somewhere a while back, but can't find it now.

https://www.westmarine.com/buy/marine-east--5-8-flush-impact-drain-white--P014858740?pCode=14858740&mrkgcl=481&mrkgadid=3280891155&cm_mmc=PS-_-Google-_-GSC>NonB>Product%20Type-_-14858740&product_id=14858740&adpos=1o1&creative=108421552684&device=c&matchtype=&network=g&gclid=Cj0KCQjwrdjnBRDXARIsAEcE5YnD-mv-mPi0vlGqxAXUn7d38BE4ue2hggNOJ8j8LkklzwTkM-HphH8aAo7bEALw_wcB

 

 

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ahopkinsVTX
4 hours ago, MFknK said:

That 5/8”s one might be perfect! Probably bigger than I need but a flush mount plug like that would probably be better. I wonder if HD would have something similar. 

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dalt1
12 hours ago, wdr said:

I was thinking about just gutting/coring the OEM one and be done with. I think that will be a winter project. One of the first things I did was to remove the "rip the new upholstery hose clamp" on it and replace it with a zip tie with the tail cleaned up.

Sadly I learned this the hard way. STUPID place to put a razor edged hose clamp. Tried to get it warranted but no luck. They did get me a replacement skin at cost.:rant:.

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ahopkinsVTX

I just ordered these thru-hull fittings. Will get them next week and see how they work. I may sand the top of the fitting down a bit to have it be more flush to the bin. I'll update this thread when I complete the work.

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AKjoe

I didn’t even know that the transom storage bins were available or an option.  I’m going to look into buying some...would be useful to have more storage back there.

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Moritz

Thanks for the info!

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gregtay
50 minutes ago, Moritz said:

Thanks for the info!

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Thanks for posting. What is the story with the drill bit?  Can you use a normal bit to drill the hole in the plastic?

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Moritz

I didn’t have a regular one that was the right size. I saw that one when I went to Lowe’s and figured it’d give me the best shot at a clean hole. It worked great!

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ahopkinsVTX

So I finally got around to this. Was really simple and I don’t know why it isn’t done from the factory. 

Parts:

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I started by grinding down the through hull fittings. They were close to 1/4” tall now they are a little less than an 1/8”. Figured it would help with water draining.

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Started by using a spade bit to drill a hole in the storage bins. I got lucky and picked a spot far enough away from the engine divider panels. I didn’t even think of that, but like I said, lucky. So for anyone doing this in the future take note and make sure your will clear. I would have just notched the divider panel but that can be avoided. 

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Next I used some silicone and secured the through hull fitting to the bin. Silicone is probably over kill but that’s the nature of a TMC project right? :biggrin:

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Finally I put the bin back in the boat and realized how close I was to having the through hull fitting crash into the engine divider. They are quite long out the bottom of the bin since they are meant to go through a hull... lol

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Snaked the hose into the bottom of the hull

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Hopefully my dock lines stay dry now!

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