View Full Version : Water in the bilge more than normal.

06-09-2014, 09:18 PM
I just purchased a 2011 prostar 197 last year after owning a 1990 ps190 for the last 23 years. My concern is. I will put the boat in the water and after sitting at the dock for about 2-3 hrs the automatic bilg pump will already start to kick in. Is this normal for these newer models? If not where do they have a tedency to let water in. Boat only has 100 hrs

88 PS190
06-09-2014, 09:23 PM
Gotta check out where it is coming from. Usually its loose bleeders, hose clamps, or stuff left off during winterization.

06-09-2014, 10:52 PM
nope something is leaking... my 1995 sits in the water 1 once a year for 8-10 days.. bilge never goes off.

06-10-2014, 07:51 AM
It's not unusual for inboards to leak a bit. Sacing out a boat can also contribute to water intrusion when filling bags or taking on water from ports that get below the waterline when the hull is leaned over by ballast or sacing. That being said taking on that much water from just sitting is not normal. If we're talking water intrusion from just sitting in the water you'll want to resolve this condition. The usual suspects for leaks are the hull plug if you have the plastic POS version, the rudder port or a failed / out of adjustment shaft seal. As stated above you'll also want to check all hull fittings and hoses for leaks.

06-10-2014, 10:53 PM
Not sure what you have for mufflers but the old Silent Masters mufflers often develop a crack in one of the fiberglass seams. Pull the rear access panel in the floor and see if one of them is dripping. Also great time to inspect the shaft packing and rudder for leaks while the floor panel in removed.

06-11-2014, 10:40 AM
Had a similar problem on my xstar. It ended up being bad shaft seal. Fill the hull using a hose and then climb under to see where the water is coming out. Good luck!

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07-04-2014, 08:51 AM
I am having the same issue with my '89 Prostar 190. The boat sits in the water at our cottage all the time. When the mechanic at the marina put it in the water this spring he mentioned the bilge was running quite frequently. When I got up there this weekend the battery was dead from the bilge pump running all week. Battery still had enough juice to run the pump but nothing I initially suspected that it was the shaft seal as others had described above, but it turns out it is actually the drive shaft log through the hull that is leaking. Almost identical to the problem described here: