'bilge' water

Sat, 4 Dec 1999 21:47:45 EST

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Some time ago, the liner of Wind Shadow cracked around the keel trunk. This
allowed water that either sloshed in from the keel, or creep through the
crack of the hatch to go right through. My suspicion is that there may have
been some water in the bilge before, it froze, therefore causing the crack.
Anyway, the crack has been sealed, but the water that gets in the bilge seeps
up through a small hole under the mast support post. This water will not go
forward enough for me to sponge it out of the fwd compartment, nor will it go
aft enough for it to drain from the transom plug. Bottom line, I can't get
to it by 'normal' means, but I know it's still there.

Has anybody seen what's under the liner? (centerline in the cabin) I am
thinking about installing a drain tube, similar to the one on the transom in
the cabin floor, with a tube attached, going to the lowest point in the
bilge. This way, I can either pump it out with a water pump (if it were to
ever get water in it again), or even shop-vac it out. The boat sits on the
trailer 99% of the time, and I don't know that I want to consider a second
bilge plug on the bottom of the boat. I'm open for suggestions..


Russ de Ment
Silverdale, WA

WWP19 #779 "Wind Shadow"

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