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Old 09-11-2017, 14:37   #1
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Ridding deck of standing water over winter layup

My boat is now on the hard for the winter and it's positioned a bit more bow-up than usual. Rainwater is pooling aft of the port and starboard deck drains to about 2-3" depth at one spot. This could be problematic when it freezes and expands, and I'd rather not have so much standing water on deck anyway (the fuel fill is submerged). The boat will be shrink wrapped but not for a couple more weeks and it will probably freeze & thaw numerous times by then.

Has anyone had this problem and/or thought of any solutions? Is it possible to use a cotton rope or similar to wick water up and over the gunwales so that it drips overboard? It could even just wick horizontally up the slightly sloped deck and into the drain. Is there such thing as a passive siphon? I can't seem to visualize if any of this is physically possible or not.

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Re: Ridding deck of standing water over winter layup

if the boat is fiberglass i would not worry, if it freezes,it will be like an ice tray in the freezer.

if it is a wooden boat then you might have problems if the ice gets into seams on the deck and expands

you could put a large amount of rock salt down to prevent damage from freezing on the areas effected untill you get a cover up
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Re: Ridding deck of standing water over winter layup

I was going to suggest the wick thing.
I donít know if it would be fast enough to prevent freezing though.

The other option would be to drill some holes in the deck to let the water drain
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Re: Ridding deck of standing water over winter layup

You might also show the yard. They repositioned my boat once for the same problem. Afterward I always tested it before they took the lift away.
Also make sure your O-ring is new and greased on the fuel fill. :-)
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Re: Ridding deck of standing water over winter layup

Iíve used strips of microfiber cleaning rags to very effectively wick water off the deck and over or through a slotted toe rail. Be sure the outboard end is lower than the standing water. Itís almost magical how much water it moves, almost like a siphon.
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Re: Ridding deck of standing water over winter layup

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I’ve used strips of microfiber cleaning rags to very effectively wick water off the deck and over or through a slotted toe rail. Be sure the outboard end is lower than the standing water. It’s almost magical how much water it moves, almost like a siphon.
Indeed.
A chamois (shammy) also makes an excellent wick.
Also, when soaked with clean gasoline, chamois will not allow water to pass through its surface fibers, making it an excellent fuel filtre medium.
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You might also show the yard. They repositioned my boat once for the same problem. Afterward I always tested it before they took the lift away.
Also make sure your O-ring is new and greased on the fuel fill. :-)
Thanks, Jim. It's quite the luxury to have my boat's previous owner respond to my forum posts Good advice and I just replaced and greased the fuel fill O-Rings for good measure.

And yes indeed the chamois wicks work great. I zip-tied one to a stanchion base and draped it over the rail on each side and the puddles were gone in about a half hour. I'll save my boat yard favors for more pressing matters (like bugging them about getting the shrink wrap on ASAP).

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