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Old 23-01-2011, 09:33   #1
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Is 'this' the Anchor Well Drain ? (islander 36)

Greetings,
I have just purchased an islander with a nasty bilge and rusty keel bolts, I'm having bolts sistered in and am in the process of cleaning the funk out of the bilge. I want to verify that this is the anchor well drain. When I get close to in with a wire brush on my angle grinder it leaks out of this pipe. It's a 77 with the anchor well in front of the v birth.

Thanks for your input/ideas!!

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Old 23-01-2011, 09:34   #2
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This is the forward most bilge compartment closest to the bow.
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Old 23-01-2011, 10:37   #3
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Does that hole have an opening through the hull?
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or a corresponding hole in the anchor locker?
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what kind of boat is she? it will depend on design also-- dont know--looks like the anchor locker of a formosa/ct/seawolf.....the limber hole could be to the bilge or to overboard , depending on boat-- looks like a fitting for a bobstay down in the bottom of the locker....that needs to remain un-hidden....
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Use a length of stiff wire (10-12 gauge solid core) and see where it goes or how long it is. If a locker drain, it'll come out in the locker.
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Just pour some water into the anchor locker and see if comes out there

If it doesn't then start investigating further... if could be a shower pan drain or some other locker drain. On my tartan the Water Tank has a vent that drains into the bilge... could be anything!
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my ericson35 has a place on bow from where comes anchor locker water-- are islander 36 similar?? look on outside of pointy place on boat see if is a hole there. that would be wherefrom that water comes out. or it goes into bilges to be pumped out when the bilges pump.
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IMO it's a limber hole (drain) for a compartment, space or sink/shower forward of the keel, look in any sole hatches or the v-berth lockers for similar holes.
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Re: Is 'this' the Anchor Well Drain ? (islander 36)

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Greetings,
I have just purchased an islander with a nasty bilge and rusty keel bolts, I'm having bolts sistered in and am in the process of cleaning the funk out of the bilge. I want to verify that this is the anchor well drain. When I get close to in with a wire brush on my angle grinder it leaks out of this pipe. It's a 77 with the anchor well in front of the v birth.

Thanks for your input/ideas!!

Paul
Did you ever find out what the hole is for?
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Re: Is 'this' the Anchor Well Drain ? (islander 36)

if the person is still interested, is probably the anchor well drain, yes. but i havent seen any further communication from htis soul, so is there interest??
there should be a correspondinghole outside for water to come thru. if the op isnt around, i hope he found his info. goodluck.
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Re: Is 'this' the Anchor Well Drain ? (islander 36)

An Anchor chain locker in order to be well drain, should have a manger above the bottom of said locker for the chain to rest on and not be sitting any water.
A manger is a false deck with holes for the water to drain off the chain into the bottom of the locker. Then the water is removed by one of three ways.
A. A Limber hole draining into a bilge of a compartment aft of the locker.
B. An overboard drain
C. By a bilge pump that is plummed to that locker.
Or a combination of the above.
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Re: Is 'this' the Anchor Well Drain ? (islander 36)

I know...

... having seen this on both the Islander 32 and the 36 (both of which I have sailed on)... it is a limber hole that drains ALL OF THE ABOVE (IIRC).

I am not sure why this oversight was made, but the shower drain, and the anchor locker both accumulate in the bilge... right onto the keel bolts.

The man who owned the Islander 36 adopted a simple fix.. he placed a tube into this limber hole, fixed with epoxy and ran it to a small sump 'tub' a bit farther aft in the bilge. Into this tub he placed a smallish (~500) bilge pump with a built in switch. That way the 'bad' water was not dumped into the bilge (soap scum, and salt water... Yum!).

Gotta look after the arrangement, but better then what you have now... and easier on the keel bolts too!
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An Anchor chain locker in order to be well drain, should have a manger above the bottom of said locker for the chain to rest on and not be sitting any water.
A manger is a false deck with holes for the water to drain off the chain into the bottom of the locker. Then the water is removed by one of three ways.
A. A Limber hole draining into a bilge of a compartment aft of the locker.
B. An overboard drain
C. By a bilge pump that is plummed to that locker.
Or a combination of the above.
D. If you have a grey water tank it can drain into it.

Mine is like that...the water drains away from the chain into a separate compartment under a step up to the V-birth with real easy access. About an inch up from the bottom of that compartment is a drain that goes to the grey water tank, just upstream of a P-trap.
The 1 inch is for the collection of mud/ debris...sort of a sump.
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