View Full Version : Utopia - taking on water!!

06-01-10, 10:28 AM
went out for an hour and half... took on about 1 1/2 feet of water in the boat... (bilge was plugged)... fixed the bilge after but that still doesn't explain to me - why or how did I take on so much water?.. plugs were in... no evidence of any damage to boat.. did get close to shore once and maybe sucked up a little sand.. but didn't hit bottom or anything... had the boat out 2 days earlier for 3 hours and took on no water.... any suggestions???

Dr Honda
06-01-10, 10:56 AM
Is the water in the bilge or the passenger area?

06-01-10, 02:29 PM
it was in the bilge and engine area... dealer said maybe cracked or blown out seal or??? in exhaust???

06-02-10, 07:40 PM
check that your cap is on tight.it is where you can run the engine with a hose

Dr Honda
06-02-10, 10:59 PM
When it's in the bilge... all you can do is put it in the water, and start looking for leaks.

Could be a split hose, a loose cap on the flush port, a crack in any metal part... or since it's a Merc... it could be coming in around the drive housing.

06-03-10, 07:53 AM
Thanks for everyone's input... turned out I'm just a dumb new boater as I forgot to put the cap back on, last time I flushed the motor - just like a couple of you suggested ... no wonder I was taking on so much water so quickly.... plus my bilge pump was full of debris....

good news is that it's a nice cheap fix.