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captdan

New Boat Owner and the Unwanted Passenger

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Hello All.

I am the proud new owner of a new 2012 216 ssi. My research on this forum was instrumental in my purchase decision. Thanks for all the great content!!! Now that the weather is somewhat warm, we have had her out a few times and I discovered the universal unwanted passenger.....water in the bilge. Now I am new at this, but pretty sure that any amount of water in the bilge of a brand new boat is not normal. She is stored at an indoor climate controlled facility (no rain water), has not been washed in weeks (no hose water), no one has boarded from the lake (wet). So, I don't see any reason for there to be water in the bilge. We have run 4 times about 1.5 hours each. The last run resulted in 30 seconds of water draining full force from the bilge drain hole. The simple solution would be to pull her back to the dealer; however they are 100 miles away, so I wanted to pick yall's brain first. Any ideas? Thanks!

Specs:

2012 216 ssi Vapor Blue

Dune interior

5.0 Merc

Convenience Package

Premium Package

Dual batteries with on-board charger

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There is a thread in boat talk forum called "Elusive water leak" like page 3 that talks about all the water leaks and where to look. Hope this helps. Blake

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a simple thing to check would be all your thru hull drain connections. make sure the hoses are connected, in some cases while sitting the thru hulls are actually slightly below the water line. if a hose is leaking or not connected water will be in the bilge. easy fix if that is the problem. your built in coolers and ski locker rail drains are thru hull

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Oh boy, this is getting old ... not your fault captdan. Welcome to the forums!

I promise I will write a Chap Leak Search and Eradication Guide after this season as my boat was a perfect lab for this ... I found most leaks identified on the forums, and then some. Meantime I have an opening of the chapter one:

What's a difference between a Chap boat and a colander?

None, either is a bowl-shaped vessel with holes in it used for draining things ... :)

Captdan, there was plenty written up on the forums ... use forum's search function and you will be amazed (kind of) ... :scratchchin:

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Thanks for the quick reply. I did more digging and found some good trouble shooting recommendations. I will start plugging away...ha.

Forgot to mention above...this is an awesome boat! I look forward to posting more interesting things in the near future.

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On my first few trips out, I was stopping (coming off plane) too quickly. This caused water to overrun the swim platform. My rub rail leaks around the swim platform and lets water in through the seam.

You may look behind your engine, and see if you have water stains on the swim platform's lower interior shelf.

Just my personal experience that may help.

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