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Q. I just enjoyed my first weekend with a pre-owned boat I purchased. The boat is an 18-foot Glastron, with a 140 hp Johnson outboard. Overall, I thought the first trip was successful. When I pulled the boat out of the water onto the trailer, I was a bit surprised at the amount of water that drained when I pulled the drain plug. Is it normal to have a lot water drain when this plug is pulled? Water continuously poured out of the plug opening for about 60 seconds. The boat seemed to perform well during operation. There is also a switch on the driver controls to turn on a bilge pump. Should I occasionally run this pump?