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2016 VR6 Bow compartment drainage 08 Aug 2017 18:28 #1

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Howdy folks. Mani here as a new member. I have a question regarding drainage of the bow compartments on my brand new 2016 VR6 4.5 250HP I/O boat. Mine doesn't seem to drain anywhere automatically. My wife actually used her hand to scoop water towards slits in the bow compartments to get the water to drain aft. I checked the spectator seat compartment, the one behind the skipper seat, and notice the water flowing into the that compartment when she did. I cant' imagine that is my only option to get water out of the bow compartments. I'm a first time boat owner, so I guess anything is possible. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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2016 VR6 Bow compartment drainage 08 Aug 2017 21:54 #2

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Look for something like a tube located in the floor of the hull that will run between the different compartments to the bilge. Sort of like a "tunnel" that the water is supposed to travel thru from the bow, thru to the ski locker, thru to the bilge area. It may be clogged with something preventing the water to drain back to the bilge. May want to use some sort of sturdy, yet pliable small diameter hose of sorts to run it thru the "tunnel" to each compartment...

One mod I did on my 185 was to place a cut in half piece of pvc pipe along the bottom of the ski locker, somthat water would run under the pipe back to the bilge and not get my gear wet that I have in strorage in there. Also worked well placing anti-microbial shelf lining in the locker somthat stuff didn't slide around. The pvc pipe actually ended up working like a bridge of sorts and made the storing of items easier overall

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2016 VR6 Bow compartment drainage 09 Aug 2017 00:12 #3

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I just turned it in today to get the Garmin installed. I will check out my options for the DIY drainage. I actually contemplated taking it back to the dealer and saying WTF? If this is a common problem then they might just give me the stink face.

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2016 VR6 Bow compartment drainage 09 Aug 2017 01:59 #4

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RobMick wrote: Look for something like a tube located in the floor of the hull that will run between the different compartments to the bilge. Sort of like a "tunnel" that the water is supposed to travel thru from the bow, thru to the ski locker, thru to the bilge area. It may be clogged with something preventing the water to drain back to the bilge. May want to use some sort of sturdy, yet pliable small diameter hose of sorts to run it thru the "tunnel" to each compartment...

One mod I did on my 185 was to place a cut in half piece of pvc pipe along the bottom of the ski locker, somthat water would run under the pipe back to the bilge and not get my gear wet that I have in strorage in there. Also worked well placing anti-microbial shelf lining in the locker somthat stuff didn't slide around. The pvc pipe actually ended up working like a bridge of sorts and made the storing of items easier overall


Not to hijack his thread, but I was just talking to the wife about this. Can you post more about this mod? Did you glue the pipe or just let it sit. How flush is it to the bottom? Etc.

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2016 VR6 Bow compartment drainage 28 Aug 2017 22:28 #5

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I had the same (and so many other) issue. The dealer told me that they weren't made to drain but I called B.S. In the endthey used a hole saw to enlarge the "drain slots" and gel coated over them.

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2016 VR6 Bow compartment drainage 28 Aug 2017 22:36 #6

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RobMick wrote: Look for something like a tube located in the floor of the hull that will run between the different compartments to the bilge. Sort of like a "tunnel" that the water is supposed to travel thru from the bow, thru to the ski locker, thru to the bilge area. It may be clogged with something preventing the water to drain back to the bilge. May want to use some sort of sturdy, yet pliable small diameter hose of sorts to run it thru the "tunnel" to each compartment...

One mod I did on my 185 was to place a cut in half piece of pvc pipe along the bottom of the ski locker, somthat water would run under the pipe back to the bilge and not get my gear wet


The way the hulls are made and drain on the VR line this type of setup wouldn't work. They drain in from the sides and not along the bottom. Plus the bottom of the locker is totally flat.

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