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    Default Water in bottom of fiberglass boat

    Being new to owning a fiberglass boat, i have noticed water in the bottom regularly. I know that some can come over the transom but i dont see any way that can get below deck. I am assuming i might have a leak. I know there are some dings under the boat but dont know if they are that bad. Any suggestions to find out where might be leaking other than the obvious? i put in today by myself and i dont think the angle i put in would have caused any water to backwash over the transom. But at my first stop there was water in the bilge. Not enough to pump out but some none the less.
    when i fished sunday for about 6 hours. When i got ready to leave i noticed a little drag in getting on plane and turned the bilge on and it pumped water for a while.

    Any help appreciated.. wondered how big a problem and how soon i should have it checked out. Just put a new powerhead on motor so extra money is not plentiful at the moment

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    I had the inlet on the right side of my boat get cracked once, and was getting water in the boat. I guess that's what it's called. Sure I will be corrected.
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    Sounds like you may have a leak at one of the fittings or hoses going to the livewell pumps.
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    Put your plug in it and put a foot of water in it with a garden hose. Look for leaks.


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    Quote Originally Posted by crappiejim View Post
    Being new to owning a fiberglass boat, i have noticed water in the bottom regularly. I know that some can come over the transom but i dont see any way that can get below deck. I am assuming i might have a leak. I know there are some dings under the boat but dont know if they are that bad. Any suggestions to find out where might be leaking other than the obvious? i put in today by myself and i dont think the angle i put in would have caused any water to backwash over the transom. But at my first stop there was water in the bilge. Not enough to pump out but some none the less.
    when i fished sunday for about 6 hours. When i got ready to leave i noticed a little drag in getting on plane and turned the bilge on and it pumped water for a while.

    Any help appreciated.. wondered how big a problem and how soon i should have it checked out. Just put a new powerhead on motor so extra money is not plentiful at the moment
    Had the same problem with the last glass boat i had.I put the boat in to go fishing and after 15mins i went to the back deck and opened the rear hatch.Looking hard i finally saw a drop at one of the thru hull fittings.I bought a new fitting and replaced and resealed it,problem fixed.

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    I think it would be the live well overflow, after thinking about it!

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