Originally Posted by Rod T
Can anyone tell me where I might find the weep or drain holes at the bottom of my compression post on a Hunter
336? There is a thru bolt that is pretty much corroded in place but other than that I can find no place for the water to drain. When it really rains the post fills with water and then overflows at the top where the mast electronic wires exit. Thanks-Rod, a new member living aboard
in SW FL
There isn't one. Water isn't supposed to get into the compression post, and so they didn't design a way for it to drain. In fact, the H336 originally came with a cast iron counterweight inside the post that was attached via a pulley at the top of the compression post to the dinette table, in theory making it easier to adjust the height of the table by offsetting its weight. But water does get into the post, and almost all of those iron counterweights rusted and swelled and stopped working and were most likely removed. Water enters the mast through the various line fairleads and wiring
penetrations, and there's nothing you can do to stop it. Once in the mast, it's supposed
to collect in the mast step and drain out a weep hole in the front of the step. Most people don't think about keeping this hole cleaned out or don't know it's there, and so water backs up inside the mast. Look at the front of your mast step and you'll see it. The wiring
inside the mast passes through a vertical stub of 1" PVC pipe about an inch and a half tall. Their thinking was that this would prevent water from entering the compression post, because the weep hole in the step would keep the water in the mast from getting this deep. Once the water level in the mast step is high enough, it overtops the stub of pipe and flows into the compression post. It makes things worse if there's no loose overhand knot
in the wiring before it passes through the pipe to act as a drip loop. If it's not there, the water in the mast can just ride the wiring right through the cabin top.
Things you can do:
1. Take a pipe cleaner and clean out the mast step weep hole.
2. Drill another weep hole on either side of the mast. You'll have to drill through both the mast and the collar of the step.
3. Drill a weep hole in the base of the compression post (a PITA to do on a curved stainless steel
4. Make sure you have a drip loop in your mast wiring. Hard to do without pulling the mast, but I've seen where some people have cut an oval access hole in the side of their mast to access the wiring. Not sure that's something I'd be comfortable with though.