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Raider Ronnie

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Who's gone them in their downeast ?
Lets hear the pros & cons.
What GPH pump you got pumping in and more important how well or quick you getting overflow out and if you are assisting overflow with an additional pump.
 

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I have one and it is great. It overflows through the hull, and is filled with a Rule 3800 gph pump. This pump must be mounted below the waterline for prime. A Freeman hatch covers the well. If you look at the picture the well extends about 18" all around the opening. Also it is insulated. The only thing I would change and we might in the future is to put a Hinged Hatch. Also it is important that the overflow doesn't get clogged. We use a softball size whiffle ball and cut it in half and siliconed it to the overflow and it never gets clogged and the flow doesn't get restricted.

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A diaphragm pump would work, possibly better, than a macerator. Less noise and it would let the scales and bits and pieces pass through rather than trying to chew them up.

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I have one and it is great. It overflows through the hull, and is filled with a Rule 3800 gph pump. This pump must be mounted below the waterline for prime. A Freeman hatch covers the well. If you look at the picture the well extends about 18" all around the opening. Also it is insulated. The only thing I would change and we might in the future is to put a Hinged Hatch. Also it is important that the overflow doesn't get clogged. We use a softball size whiffle ball and cut it in half and siliconed it to the overflow and it never gets clogged and the flow doesn't get restricted.

I'm:confused: kind of dumb, help me out here please ?

The blue bucket with the drain holes?

Does the bucket fill with water and it's the live well?

If so, how does it fill with so many holes?

Also, how big is the bucket ?

Or am I missing something?

Appreciated,

Bill D
 

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Holes don't just let water out, they let water in also. Then when they want a bait they pick up the now emptying bucket, grab a bait and they are off and running.
 

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I'm:confused: kind of dumb, help me out here please ?

The blue bucket with the drain holes?

Does the bucket fill with water and it's the live well?

If so, how does it fill with so many holes?

Also, how big is the bucket ?

Or am I missing something?

Appreciated,



Bill D

Lol. The bucket in the well is used for Peanut Bunker. It's a tote from Home Depot. The reason we used that in the well, was the baits were so small and they would go out the overflow.

First Team you are right. I have a Diaphram pump. What's good about the Diaphram pumps is they are rebuildable.
 

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livewell

I'm not a big fan of livewells in a deck true their convinient and also they'll be cooler there but i don't like uneccasary plumbing beneath a deck especially when waters involved

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Not a fan fished on a lot of boats with them its hard to get baits out and not a fan of bending over all day to get baits
 

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I've had a Rule 3800 also (off the top of my head I think it's a 17A)
Have had the pump to a 3 way valve since I owned the boat. one position to the old livewell, the other position to an 1 1/2 deck hose (killer wash down)
For that Rule 3800 coming in how many drains you go going out ? and how are the drains height in relation to your water line ?
As for a macerator pump I'm not so sure thats necessary with 3800gpr coming in at the bottom and as long as there are enough drains going out. The scales/crap will float to the top ?
Also, I assume you have a drain at the bottom to a pump to empty as the bottom of the well is most likely below the water line.




I have one and it is great. It overflows through the hull, and is filled with a Rule 3800 gph pump. This pump must be mounted below the waterline for prime. A Freeman hatch covers the well. If you look at the picture the well extends about 18" all around the opening. Also it is insulated. The only thing I would change and we might in the future is to put a Hinged Hatch. Also it is important that the overflow doesn't get clogged. We use a softball size whiffle ball and cut it in half and siliconed it to the overflow and it never gets clogged and the flow doesn't get restricted.
 

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Ronnie

We have a 2" drain going out the side of the hull above the water line. It's probably about 6" from the top of the tank. As far as a drain pump. The Diaphram pump works great and is needed if you put larger baits or fish in there. For example if bluefish are in there they spit up their stomach contents sometimes, so the pump is needed. The drain for the pump is located in a 12" x 6" recessed part of the floor of the well. I will take some pictures for you when I'm at the boat.
 
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my 2 cents.

your rasing your deck to get rid of a wet deck. In floor ones will slosh around, deck gets wet might have to get on hands and knees to F with stuff, now your pants are wet. i'm sure it has its convenient points. I would rather have a molded in transom one.
 

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my 2 cents.

your rasing your deck to get rid of a wet deck. In floor ones will slosh around, deck gets wet might have to get on hands and knees to F with stuff, now your pants are wet. i'm sure it has its convenient points. I would rather have a molded in transom one.



I had one in the transom.
Too far back and 400 lbs +- of weight at the transom.
The shape not great for a livewell (rectangular and not very deep)
As I said, I'm looking for pros & cons, just giving it thought.
The deck is wet because the deck & scuppers are too low, they are coming up 5 inches
 

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I've been interested in this since I saw it on the Bounty hunter. Space saver ,yes, but Just seems like more probs . Would like some more pics. My first impressions have been proven wrong many times.
 
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Like this

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I believe that was a built in cooler but it's on the same idea as it's the same boat, but that one was HUGE compared to mine.
Hooper will probably tell you that cockpit was VERY tight trying to do a charter with even 4 people.
I narrowed up my gunwales port, stb & the transom by quite a bit to gain cockpit space , plus I had wet balsa core around all the rod holders and especially the transom livewell lid.














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nice idea. all the weight is down low, and the coolest spot in the boat. but it's not for me.

the in deck seem to be too much bending over, more things that could go wrong below the water line, and a hatch that's open, usually at an in-opportune time (like fish on). on wicked, bounty was on a dish and the hatch was open, and someone (bill?) was telling donna to get it shut.

i like either the transom ones, or an on deck stand alone. but to each his own.
 

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Mmmmm, wet balsa

Can't tell you how much of that stuff I've eaten over the years crawling up inside boats to dig it out and fix them.

Is it just a trick of the light with the new combing on the interior? Looks like sitka spruce there all shined up with too many layers of varnish :)
 

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In the deck is a pain but if you are fishing multiple days and steamimg around with precious live baits that's the best place to keep em alive. They get too banged up above deck. I don't have one but if I build I will.
 


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