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09-07-2011, 11:14 PM
I have a '06 Outback DD that I keep docked. During a 3 day storm my bilge breaker tripped causing my boat to fill with water. I ended up with enough water in the hull that there was about 1" of standing water above the floor level. Has anyone else experienced this? If so what procedure should I follow before I begin to use the boat again to ensure the safety of the mechanical components?
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09-07-2011, 11:36 PM
Assuming you have all the water out, I'd take the clamshell off and put a dehumidifier in the boat with the cover and a tarp over it to get it dry. you probably have water in your engine oil as the dipstick tube entry point may have been compromised, check the oil for water, change the oil before you run it, then run it, then change your oil and filter after you run it. there shouldn't be any water in the filter so no need to change it , the first time, unless you have already started the engine with water in the oil. I'd also spray the engine , motor mounts anything metal with an anticorrosion spray (fogging oil ,wd 40 ) and wipe it down.
No expert, just what I would do
09-08-2011, 03:34 AM
Agree with Doc. I'd run for 3-5 min. or so and see what you get. Keep a close eye on it for the next several hours. You may have escaped unscathed but you have to be extremely wary of water in you oil, etc.
09-08-2011, 08:57 AM
check your transmission fluid, as it was definately below the water. It may need to be changed. Get the engine started as soon as you can. As your starter has been underwater, it will rust if you don't get the moisture out and get some type of film on it.
09-08-2011, 10:52 AM
Personally, before starting or anything I'd change oil and trans fluid, just to be safe. A starter is way cheaper than an engine or transmission!
09-08-2011, 01:11 PM
check your transmission fluid, as it was definately below the water. It may need to be changed. Get the engine started as soon as you can. As your starter has been underwater, it will rust if you don't get the moisture out and get some type of film on it. Wow how did I forget about the tranny..... Its is more of a sealed unit and for the time it takes you should drain and refill it as well.....then if you see any water in the drained fluid , I would change it a second time like the engine. Keep us posted
09-24-2011, 08:16 PM
Thank you everyone for the advice. I actually started the boat as soon as I was able to drain all of the water from the boat. After running it I checked both the transmission for signs of water as well as the oil and did not initially see any indication that either had been compromised. Just to be safe I change both the oil and the transmission fluid and was happy to find both H2O free. Thanks again. The only remaining concern I have is the starter. It seem to be working fine but it did “skip a beat” this weekend after sitting for a week without operation.
09-24-2011, 11:02 PM
Good to see that so far the signs are positive and no damage. Even though no visible evidence of water, good that you changed the oil and trans fluids. Hoping that the starter skip was a fluke and nothing more.
09-25-2011, 09:26 AM
might as well get a starter at this point, have a feeling its only a matter of time
09-25-2011, 10:01 PM
That’s what I’m thinking. Anyone have advice or experience purchasing and replacing a starter?
09-25-2011, 10:08 PM
See if you can contact someone @ Indmar for a part #. I think you can find it at autoparts places, but it IS marine rated and needs to be (something about sparks, enclosed space, fumes, etc.)
Glad the boat is ok!
09-26-2011, 01:31 PM
Not sure of this one but maybe you want to spray some wd 40 on the starter to help with any corrosion that may result from the water and check the cable connections for any signs of corrosion
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