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Re: Went to the boat for a sail..and its Flooded!!!

NewportNewbie,

I am curious, does the sump under your engine have limber holes so that it drains into your bilge? My boat doesn't, so the water from my packing accumulates under the engine. Once that sump overflows I see a telltale trickle across the cabin sole to the bilge. It is a bit annoying to have the wet floor when it happens, but so far I have resisted drilling holes. This summer while we were cruising my engine developed an oil leak, and had it not been for that teltale trickle of oil across the floor, I may not have known about it until I lost oil pressure. As it was the leak was easily repaired, and the oil didn't even make it into the bilge. It was contained for the most part under the engine where it was easy to clean up.
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