What is normal amount of water in bilge? 400 fly

Discussion in 'Sport Yachts/Yachts' started by Laualarry, Feb 11, 2018.

  1. superwa

    superwa Member

    71
    Jul 27, 2013
    Rhode Island
    2001 Sea Ray Sundancer 380
    Mercruiser horizon 8.1S
    I’d walk away from that much water down there. Why is it coming in and why aren’t the pumps keeping up.
     
  2. Doc O Rock

    Doc O Rock Active Member

    269
    Mar 23, 2016
    Lake St Clair, Belle Maer Harbor
    1999 380 Sundancer
    twin 7.4 Merc
    I would pay for my own survey by your own surveyor.
     
  3. superwa

    superwa Member

    71
    Jul 27, 2013
    Rhode Island
    2001 Sea Ray Sundancer 380
    Mercruiser horizon 8.1S
    Yup, please consider an independent surveyor. I even ask my mechanic to take a look as well.
     
  4. Ray K

    Ray K Member

    51
    Jul 1, 2009
    Toronto, Ontario
    2007 Sea Ray 44 Sedan Bridge
    QSC-500
    Your bilge should be dry, especially on a new boat. I had a few leaks on my 44 Sedan Bridge but eventually got fixed. Some where very hard to find. I would start by using a shop vac to get every drop out. Then see if the boat leaks when raining or washing. Then take it out on the water and see if it's coming in when the engines are running. The dealer will have to spend some time in the engine room and any other bilge area that has water in it. Some areas that could be an issue are things like show sumps that could overflow if there is water in the cabin bilge. A/C condensate line not draining into a sump box properly. In the engine room water could be getting into the hull side engine vents possibly when running if not sealed properly, loose hoses on engines/genny or other systems, rudder posts, shaft seals, leaking water/holding tank. I wouldn't accept a new boat with 5" of water in the bilge. The source has to be found by the dealer as this is a problem. My bilges are dry now and if there every is any water in them I know there is a problem.
     
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2018
  5. HUMPH

    HUMPH Well-Known Member

    Nov 4, 2009
    SF BAY AREA
    2003 410DA,
    2004 C14 Caribe
    CAT 3126TA's 350HP/
    50HP Honda
    I like to be able to dust my bilge!
     
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  6. bobeast

    bobeast Dance the Tide SILVER Sponsor

    528
    Oct 22, 2017
    Isleton, CA
    2002 310DA
    350 MPI w/V-drives
    You see those little slots in the bottom of your bilge pump? That deep.
     
  7. Laualarry

    Laualarry New Member

    21
    Dec 3, 2017
    400 Fly 2018
    2 x 480-hp Cummins QSB6.7 480 HO Diesel V-Drives
    Thanks to everyone for all the info. I took delivery a couple of weeks ago and so far so good. I understand the amount of water that I saw in the bilge was way more than should have been there. That being said, my dealer absolutely acknowledged it and determined it was a leak with one of the connections in the fresh water system. They have fixed it and now there is just a few drops which I will be vacuuming up. Looking forward to learning all the systems and enjoying many a weekend in Catalina before our cruse down to Mexico. IMG_0340.jpg
     
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  8. The Bill Collector

    The Bill Collector Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    450 Sundancer
    3126 Cat's
    Congrats !!!
     
  9. bobeast

    bobeast Dance the Tide SILVER Sponsor

    528
    Oct 22, 2017
    Isleton, CA
    2002 310DA
    350 MPI w/V-drives
    Nice: Love a good outcome.
     
  10. KevinC

    KevinC Well-Known Member

    Feb 25, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    2004 340 Sundancer
    1988 Proline Center Console - 90hp Mariner/Mercury
    1969 Boston Whaler
    Twin 8.1 V-drives
    Congrats - sweet looking boat!

    -Kevin
     
  11. HUMPH

    HUMPH Well-Known Member

    Nov 4, 2009
    SF BAY AREA
    2003 410DA,
    2004 C14 Caribe
    CAT 3126TA's 350HP/
    50HP Honda
    Where you going in you going to keep it there for a year to keep from paying the taxes?
     
  12. Walshy

    Walshy New Member

    26
    Feb 7, 2018
    2005 420 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins QSL twin
    I recently purchased a 2005 Sea Ray Sedan Bridge, I had some of the same issues and have methodically worked through them, all resolved now. I had a fresh water leak on the manifold under the galley, the shower sump wasn't draining and one of raw water intakes was leaking. Many hours and some investment in new pumps and I think/ hope it's all sorted.
     

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