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Post Posted: Tue Mar 14, 2017 11:53 am 
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I have yet to drill a hole in my 205 and was wondering what lies under the bilge like a foot from the transom and how thick the glass below the bilge is?

I need to install another bilge pump and float.

I was planning on screwing the pump and float to 1/4 Starboard and then using one or two screws to secure the starboard to the bilge.

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Post Posted: Tue Mar 14, 2017 6:40 pm 
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Either glass a piece of plywood to hull or attach a bracket to a stringer,don't drill into hull

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Post Posted: Wed Mar 15, 2017 12:02 am 
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I'm not certain but there should be a glassed in mounting block for the pump.

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Post Posted: Wed Mar 15, 2017 7:10 am 
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PO drilled directly into the hull and there is no bracket or block.

The main problem is access. I could barely reach the pump that is in there now much less glass anything in there.

I know the these boats are wood free below the water line.

I'm just wondering how thick the glass is and what lies under it in the bilge area.

I don't want soak whatever material is between the bilge and hull if any???

Yesterday I cut into the bow pulpit area for a new deck pipe and noticed it was 1/4 glass up top and about 1/8 glass below encapsulating a fairly dense foam like material.

Is the bottom hull also built this way???

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Post Posted: Wed Mar 15, 2017 10:54 am 
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Remove the old pump, clean the mounting area well, and apply some 3M 5200 sealant to the underside of the pump and smear a little on the mounting area. Let it cure for a couple days and it won't come off. No holes in the hull and the 5200 will waterproof the holes you have.

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Post Posted: Wed Mar 15, 2017 8:00 pm 
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Great advice on the 5200, the only thing to add is wear thin latex disposable gloves and paint clothes. That stuff has a mind of its own, it gets EVERYWHERE.

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Post Posted: Wed Mar 15, 2017 8:16 pm 
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I'm not sure if the 205 has a bonded in stringe grid/hull liner like the bigger boats or not. I can tell you that no Aquasports have a cored hull. I would think the keel area is pretty darn thick.

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Post Posted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 7:51 am 
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Thanks guys.

I think I am going to mount the pump and float to a 1/4 inch piece of Starboard and then 5200 one or two small screws to secure the Starboard to the bilge. Maybe a small 3/4" self tapping screws.

The problem is I, or anyone I know, could barely reach the pump that is in there now through the transom and I don't fit in the bilge area even if I take out the batteries.

You would have to be a tall and thin 6'4" and 150 lbs person to work in there. Smh

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Post Posted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 9:52 am 
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ralph50 wrote:
Thanks guys.

I think I am going to mount the pump and float to a 1/4 inch piece of Starboard and then 5200 one or two small screws to secure the Starboard to the bilge. Maybe a small 3/4" self tapping screws.

The problem is I, or anyone I know, could barely reach the pump that is in there now through the transom and I don't fit in the bilge area even if I take out the batteries.

You would have to be a tall and thin 6'4" and 150 lbs person to work in there. Smh


You won't need the screws if you get the surface clean. 5200 has a 750PSI tensile strength when cured and is very sticky (hence Scott's advice on gloves).

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Post Posted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 11:09 am 
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Rough up the starboard real well to give the 5200 something to adhere to. Starboard doesn't glue well,too slick

Also if you remove the access hatch and frame it will give you more room

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Post Posted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 12:14 pm 
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I don't think anything sticks to it. I can cut it to the exact width of the bilge and then just one screw to keep it from going fore and aft.

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Post Posted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 2:34 pm 
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I'm with Captain John, just glue it with 5200 to the gelcoat. If you were to use starboard an added negative is unnecessary height, leaving water below the pump.... and in an emergency more water in the bilge before the auto kicks on.

Know you said quarter inch stock, but in the aft bilge you'll be dealing with deadrise. To keep the pump level there, the starboard shelf will finish up around two inches above the lowest bilge water level.

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Post Posted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 8:12 pm 
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Scuff up the base/strainer and 5200 it down... Not gonna move!

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Post Posted: Fri Mar 17, 2017 1:22 pm 
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Time to dry up that bilge

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Post Posted: Fri Mar 17, 2017 7:29 pm 
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I agree with Capt John and the others, dry the bilge, rough up the area you want to stick it to then rough up the starboard then 5200 it down. It will hold! My wash down pump is installed this way, screwed the pump to the starboard, removed the screws, glued it down, back 3 days later and attached the pump in the pre done screw holes. It's been there for 3 years now. :605_thumbs_up:

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