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"Seaman Recruit"

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Posted: December 22 2005 at 00:00 | IP Logged Quote Steve_H

I upgraded to a 280 SS, model year 2000, a few years ago from a 1978 20' Formula runabout. Love the boat and the performance....typical formula. There is one problem that I cannot seem to figure out. We often times get water in the mid bilge which dampens the carpet in the cabin. This leads to a musty smell. Should there be a drain hole to the engine bilge? The bilge pump in the mid-bilge is sealed and designed to remove only bathroom water that may spill on the floor. Just curious to see if any other 280's experience this problem. FYI...we are avid Lake Erie boaters and the 280 handles the big water rather well. If anyone in interested, the 20' formula is for sale with trailer, I'm the only owner (bought new in '78) with tandem trailer and 350 chevy/merc IO/stainless alpha. She runs great and has everything you need to get on the water. $3,500.
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233 Double E

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Posted: December 22 2005 at 00:00 | IP Logged Quote 233 Double E

Cuda should be able to assist on this (although he doesn't have same model, he knows the construction methods well) but I believe there is a drain tube that runs the length of the keel inside the hull and opens to the bilge.

BTW, welcome on and post often.  Be sure to look at the other areas bird owners flock to mentioned in these threads...

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Posted: February 23 2007 at 09:43 | IP Logged Quote Emac

Steve_H did you ever find a solution to this problem?  I have the same trouble with my 2005 280ss.
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Posted: June 26 2007 at 15:55 | IP Logged Quote robertori

My '94 and a friends '97 280 SS has a small bilge by the step for the bathroom to drain into, which then connects to another bilge at the back of the storage cubby hole which then drains into the engine compartment.  No pumps.  I put a plug in the cubby hole bilge to stop any water from the bilge going forward which it has. Have a better solution?
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