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    I am new to this forum so forgive me if this has been brought up. The previous owner of my boat enclosed the transom and added a bracket for the engines. Unfortunately the deck drains drain to the bilge now. Rather than trying to reinvent the wheel I was thinking about tying into the bait well drain. The deck is above the waterline so I would think this should work. I would of course keep a sea cock on the through hull should I have a hose failure. Is this a crazy idea?

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    Hi, TC here again, are you talking about the fish box drains going into the bilge or the deck drains that usually flow through the transom now draining to the bilge? Typical rigging on these boats for the bait well is draining through the sea cock but of course only after the boat is out of the water. I'm going to see if I can find your post on THT and look more closely at your pics. I did notice some missing fittings on your transom and commented, I didnt see you respond, could have missed it.
    David, New Kent, Va[br]



    [br]Project Thread: http://www.classicmako.com/forum/top...TOPIC_ID=21067[br]

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    • #3
      I see what you mean now, found a pic on THT. That is not a good situation, what if you cut new drains that pass through the transom or is the bracket in the way?
      David, New Kent, Va[br]



      [br]Project Thread: http://www.classicmako.com/forum/top...TOPIC_ID=21067[br]

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      • #4
        The Bracket is really close to being in the way. You can see the old drains. They didn’t fill them in when they closed in the transom

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        • #5
          I guess I could use the old drains but they are pretty close to the waterline

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          • #6
            I hope they didn't leave the transom core exposed, those drains are supposed to be sleeved. My deck drains consist of two side by side sleeved drain holes on each side of the boat so something is off there.
            David, New Kent, Va[br]



            [br]Project Thread: http://www.classicmako.com/forum/top...TOPIC_ID=21067[br]

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              David, New Kent, Va[br]



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              • #8
                They are sleeved still. What engines do you have?

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                • #9
                  Drains from inside

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                    • #11
                      A lot going on in that last pic but for sure that drain you are showing me it NOT above the water line.

                      The holes in your transom looking from the rear with no fittings on them do not seem to line up with mine (either the deck drains with the black flaps on them or the drain for the live well just below it) in position, so I'd say yours have been changed. It is likely your deck drains were covered by the bracket and they did something else, including draining directly into the bilge from the top side. That plan is not a good plan and should be closed or otherwise modified. I wonder if they intended to connect the drains on the top side to the holes with no fittings on the back of the transom with tubing?
                      David, New Kent, Va[br]



                      [br]Project Thread: http://www.classicmako.com/forum/top...TOPIC_ID=21067[br]

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                      • #12
                        The sea cock in the bilge is below the waterline as is the 1” tubing. The deck drains are above the waterline. If I use the sea cock as my outlet my deck drains should not let water in because they are above the waterline. Granted there will be water in the line up to a certain point. Hope I am explaining clearly!

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                        • #13
                          My fish box and live well drains on my bay boat. No plugs are used unless you want to keep water in

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Backcharge View Post
                            The sea cock in the bilge is below the waterline as is the 1” tubing. The deck drains are above the waterline. If I use the sea cock as my outlet my deck drains should not let water in because they are above the waterline. Granted there will be water in the line up to a certain point. Hope I am explaining clearly!
                            That 1" line typically connects to the live well so it can be drained. You would have to disconnect that and what, have the live well drain to the bilge? Cannot connect the existing deck drains to those holes without fittings in the transom?
                            David, New Kent, Va[br]



                            [br]Project Thread: http://www.classicmako.com/forum/top...TOPIC_ID=21067[br]

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                            • #15
                              I never use live bait here so the baitwell is not needed. If I did use one I would rather have a portable on deck. So yes, the baitwell would drain to the bilge if ever used. The boat is always on a trailer so that wouldn’t be a big deal since the plug is always pulled when out of the water. I hate to drill anymore holes in the transom if it can be avoided.

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