Rainwater is collecting at my mast
base. Eventually, the water
gets high enough to flow to the bilge
, but first it spreads out into other areas of the hull
and is a nuisance. I'm planning to build a small box (epoxied wood) around the mast
step to keep the water
from spreading out. Then I want to run a 1/2 inch clear plastic tube to move water from the "box" directly to the bilge
My problem is passing the plastic tube through the "box" wall in a way that is water tight. Here are my solutions and the reason's I don't like them:
1) Use a plastic bulkhead fitting with 1/2 inch hose barb on the outlet. Problem: the bulkhead fittings have fairly large sealing flanges. The clearance required for the flange means the actual drain hole will sit above the box's floor by an estimated 3/4 inch.
2) Use pvc pipe to pass through the box wall, then use pvc coupling to connect to hose barb on outlet. This puts the drain hole much closer to bottom of box. Problem: How to seal pvc into epoxied wood wall? Neither epoxy
or silicon bond well with pvc.
ps. sealing my selden mast is even more problematic.