Originally Posted by cabo_sailor
Well some people buy fine mesh, as in mosquito netting and cover the opening. Personally, I've never found it a serious enough problem. I'm more likely to find a wasp nest under the sail cover
. When a vent becomes clogged, I blow it out with a hose barb connected to a garden hose. Very quick, very simple. I do use a controllable fitting on the end of the garden hose to gradually build up the pressure. It doesn't take much.
I was thinking about the mesh idea but I cannot see how to fit it and make it look professionally done instead of rigged on, and also if there could be a removable one in case something builds up in the tubing (which I doubt) and clogs the tubes.
I just bought this boat and can see that the previous owners had troubles with the wasp coming in the thru-hull and working their way through the sink drain. Those that made it in made nest under the sink and second step. The ones who where lazy went in half way and made nest that clogged the drain hose. As a former cell tower technician here in FL I know there's slot of wasp here and expect the problem to keep occurring in the hose unless I block it. They cannot get into the cabin
through the drain anymore due to the new sink I put in w/ a tiny opening. Also I can just press the button and stop all insects and water
back flow into the sink.
I heard people talking about scuppers and assume thru-hulls and scuppers are near the same thing. I googled it and saw pictures of thru-hulls that have a door that let's water
out but stops back flow. This could work as long as Tyne boat isn't tilted to the side where the scupper is. Also if the wasp are not smart enough to figure how to move the door (if it's not flush, or weighted). There is a ball scupper as well which I think would work better however I don't see how I can tie it into my current
system. Although they would be great for the self bailing holes in the cockpit