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Old 07-05-2015, 14:12   #1
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Lounge Deck Drain

Fellow Helia owners, I come again in need of help and this time, I have a bet riding on this so I hope you can help me out!

Have any of you done something to drain water from the lounge deck? We're working to make the helm and cockpit as watertight as possible and water accumulation from the lounge deck is definitely the weakest link so far as it just drains down the steps into the cockpit.

While I'm keeping my fingers crossed that someone has done something (and I can win my bet!), I'll also take ideas and creative solutions.

Here's what we've come up with:

1) Install something to block the water from running down the stairs, as well as some sort of thru-hull under the couch.

2) Run a pipe over along the underside of the helm seat

3) Extend this pipe from the underside of the helm seat to a large grommet or something in our canvas enclosure so that the water drains to the outside.

I've attached some pictures to hopefully clarify what I'm talking about. We'll be going with this solution unless anyone can come up with something better.

Thanks!

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Old 09-05-2015, 17:37   #2
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Re: Lounge Deck Drain

Just want to bump this thread for the weekend crew. Anyone out there who has done something like this or can offer advice?

Thanks!

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Old 10-05-2015, 15:13   #3
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Re: Lounge Deck Drain

David - bummer of a problem. My 2cents - Consider using piping that is same steel as steps for cosmetic reasons. If there as sufficient thickness, consider cutting a moat/gulley on the couch before the step. Maybe you can drain the water into the step piping?? I am really worried about how it would look..
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David - bummer of a problem. My 2cents - Consider using piping that is same steel as steps for cosmetic reasons. If there as sufficient thickness, consider cutting a moat/gulley on the couch before the step. Maybe you can drain the water into the step piping?? I am really worried about how it would look..
Thanks very much for the reply and helping me brainstorm! As I have things drawn up, some sort of white piping would actually fit better cosmetically than stainless steel as the piping would be against the white part of the cockpit.

I thought about trying to get the water into the step piping, but unfortunately there is no where for it to go after that. The piping leads directly down to a "void" where the cockpit fridge is located, as well as several wiring runs. No easy access to outside.

Cosmetic appearance is definitely a concern, but this may end up being a case where cosmetics take a slight backseat to function as keeping a dry helm and cockpit is our primary goal!

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Re: Lounge Deck Drain

David. What about another hole in the step pipe at the bottom? Reroute the flow to let it drain out. On the plastic pipe idea I just cringe at the image. At least consider stainless steel to perform the same function. A mock up comparison may convince you. It does seem like a design flaw by FP.


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[QUOTE=It does seem like a design flaw by FP. [/QUOTE]

Yup, seems like FP missed this one in the Design-FMEA.
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Re: Lounge Deck Drain

The Saba 50 has the same flaw. The water drains out the two gaps underneath the top fiberglass step, and directly onto the cockpit fridge flange. I was thinking to plug the forward facing drain hole and attach the hose to the aft facing drain hole, and run the drain hose in the same manner as you propose. I though white hose would blend in better and look less Rube Golbergish.
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Re: Lounge Deck Drain

Water is meant to drain down the stair pipes and out the back. This works well but in our case FP did not drill out the stair pipes. This was done under warranty and all works well.

No need for extra mods.

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