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#11254429 - 11/30/15 02:32 PM Leaking boat
NathanD Offline

Registered: 03/13/15
Posts: 65
Loc: Coppell, TX
I have a 1998 Triton TR19 that will not stop taking on water and I can't figure out how it is getting in. I have sealed around every possible entry point and replaced all my hoses and pumps, yet my problem continues. It's not from coming off plane because water comes in when just using the trolling motor. It seems to fill up more quickly when I have a friend fishing in the back. Could water be coming in around the rub rail in the back? It's not just a small amount either because sometimes I run both bilge pumps for 20-30 seconds. Please somebody help because I am going crazy with this leak.

#11254443 - 11/30/15 02:40 PM Re: Leaking boat [Re: NathanD]
Bass Buster1 Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 08/26/04
Posts: 1710
Loc: Denton
Just fixed a crack in the bottom of mine last week right on the keel about where the pad starts. I was having the same issue, water coming in but not sure from where. It happens especially if you fish in the trees and rocks like me. I found mine out when I was putting the cover on after a trip and I had water dripping from the keel. Seems you could put some water in the hull with a hose and see if it leaks out somewhere.
See you on the lake and have a great day!

#11254450 - 11/30/15 02:44 PM Re: Leaking boat [Re: NathanD]
6BOOMER Online   content
Pro Angler

Registered: 01/16/12
Posts: 931
Loc: Del Rio, Tx
Pull a section out at a time of your rub rail, tighten and Seal all the screws. May be your problem. Could you have a crack in your live well? I had a couple small screw holes someone mounted a powerpole pump to and creating a small leak..Was driving me crazy.

Edited by 6BOOMER (11/30/15 02:46 PM)

#11254462 - 11/30/15 02:50 PM Re: Leaking boat [Re: Bass Buster1]
heybaylor Offline
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Registered: 01/24/05
Posts: 1811
Loc: Lake Fork
Originally Posted By: Bass Buster1
J. Seems you could put some water in the hull with a hose and see if it leaks out somewhere.

that has found a lot of leaks

#11254465 - 11/30/15 02:50 PM Re: Leaking boat [Re: NathanD]
KingwoodCat Offline
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Registered: 10/30/04
Posts: 38321
Loc: Broaddus TX
Another suggestion would be look for a cracked Live Well Pump. One of the pumps on my old Ranger started leaking one season, and ever hour or so the bilge pump would kick on. When it got to kicking on every 5 minutes or so, it was time to replace the pump. Easy fix and only the cost of a live well pump.
"Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the government take care of him had better take a look at the American Indian".

Henry Ford

#11254466 - 11/30/15 02:50 PM Re: Leaking boat [Re: NathanD]
TxFisherman03 Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 04/07/10
Posts: 532
Loc: Arlington, Tx
Check the bolts on your jackplate if you have one. My cousins was loose and water would get in. also check all hoses such as livewell..

#11254577 - 11/30/15 03:52 PM Re: Leaking boat [Re: NathanD]
Okie Poke Offline
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Registered: 02/28/04
Posts: 18388
Loc: Flower Mound, TX
Call Stephen Lain. He can find the leak. He found mine. It was a live well pump leaking water in. Wa-la. Fixed!!

#11254591 - 11/30/15 03:58 PM Re: Leaking boat [Re: NathanD]
rowlettfisherman Offline
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Registered: 01/25/12
Posts: 807
I took all the batteries out and dropped in the boat in the lake. Took a flashlight and looked for where the water was coming in. You can eliminate stuff quickly. You may have more than one so give it 10-15 minutes or so

#11254596 - 11/30/15 04:00 PM Re: Leaking boat [Re: NathanD]
Outdoordude Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 04/20/09
Posts: 2174
If the mentioned fixes don't work, you might look into jacking the boat off the trailer with some 2x4's between the hull and the jack to see if there are cracks/holes hidden by the bunk boards.

It's probably something simple like a leaky pump though. I have a slow leak in a live well pump on a 2 year old boat, for example. It's just not leaking enough to annoy me yet.

#11254606 - 11/30/15 04:05 PM Re: Leaking boat [Re: NathanD]
tx_basser Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 06/02/02
Posts: 3958
Loc: Sachse
Got one I'm working on also..... I am in the process of elimination. Checked all the pumps and hoses, and now removing speedo and water pressure lines.

#11254842 - 11/30/15 06:19 PM Re: Leaking boat [Re: NathanD]
snmcc Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 06/07/08
Posts: 3359
Loc: Tipp City Ohio
at night put a large light in the battery compartment and search around the rub rail for light.

Boatless for minute

#11255204 - 11/30/15 08:21 PM Re: Leaking boat [Re: NathanD]
hvtexskeeter Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 03/15/04
Posts: 976
Loc: Highland Village Texas
1. Put wheel chalks on front and back of tires each side of trailer.
2. crank trailer jack all the way up and retracted.
3. Find a railroad tie or concrete block that will fit under the retracted trailer jack wheel.
4. Jack the trailer jack up as high as it will go on the wood or block.
5. Fill the bilge area up with water, shouldnt take more than 30-50 gallons to submerge all your livewell pumps and fittings etc...DO NOT FILL THE BOAT UP WITH WATER! If your concerned about batteries, chargers, powerpole pumps, oil tanks etc.... remove them before doing step 1. its not going to hurt batteries to be partially submerged.
6. open and close your livewell drain levers, this will check if livewell drain tubes are leaking.
7. If water is dripping or running out of the livewell fill or recirculation pump inlet screens, you more than likely have a crack in the livewell or recerc pump body, or the housing that the pump mounts into. most lock into housing by turning a quarter turn. This is probably caused by improper draining before extremely cold weather and the ice expands and cracks the plastic. This is the cause of most leaks I have found in bass boats.

Its always a good idea to check all that e screws holding the rub rail for tightness but this wont stop a leak. Check to see if there is a bead of sealant below the rub rail where the top cap of the boat and the hull meet together. the top cap usually lays over the side of the hull and if no sealant is there it acts like a scoop and water will spray in there especially on the back of the boat when getting up on plane or slowing down. I usually use Black 3M 4000 marine sealant.

Hope this helps, I have spent hours and hours trying to find leaks and this narrows it down quickly

#11255613 - 12/01/15 12:04 AM Re: Leaking boat [Re: NathanD]
SK1 Offline

Registered: 05/27/14
Posts: 294
I agree with BassBuster1,put the plug in and start filling the hull and looking for where the water starts coming out.Crawl the full length of the hull. If that doesn't work, go to the lake ,put the plug in but leave the boat strapped to the trailer and back it down in the water until its just below the trim.At the same time look everywhere I the battery compartment and check every pump and hose.You will find the leak for sure.

#11255712 - 12/01/15 06:22 AM Re: Leaking boat [Re: NathanD]
NathanD Offline

Registered: 03/13/15
Posts: 65
Loc: Coppell, TX
Thanks for all the ideas everyone. I'm glad to see that I am not alone on having a leaking boat. I have replaced all the pumps already. I have even went so far as to plug all holes for the live well on the transom so no water could get in because i thought it might be a cracked hose, but it still leaked. I need to check again for a hairline crack on the bottom, but I haven't seen any previously. I probably need to go to the lake and just do leak detection, but once I get there it's too hard to not just fish. My rub rail is pretty banged up, so I think I will fix it and maybe fix the leak if I am lucky. How would I know if the speedometer line or water pressure lines or water pressure line?

#11256807 - 12/01/15 05:00 PM Re: Leaking boat [Re: NathanD]
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 10/21/08
Posts: 3804
Loc: Weatherford, TX
Look at the back where the rub rail meets. I've seen this happen to a 2000 triton. Think it may have been a design flaw

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