OK, first post. It's been about 35 years since I was part owner in a marina/boatyard/boat dealership/etc. I thought I'd acquired a lifetime immunity to the disease of boat ownership
, but apparently I missed a booster shot somewhere along the way. I've recently become the proud owner of a Newport
27 from 1970. I acquired it for the price
of the trailer it was on plus the almost new Merc Bigfoot that came with it. I figured the boat being essentially free I could jump on the deal and either bring it back to life or get out the chain saw and salvage
it. I have a few acres of land to work with and having the trailer means I can take my time.
So after a couple days of cleaning
I've found nothing major other than a small leak near the top of the compression
post. It's dried out now and I have some 3M 5200 sealer with which to seal it up. I've ordered a stainless steel compression
post replacement that I'll be fitting to the boat in order to resolve that situation. I'll have to rearrange the head
walls a bit to accommodate the new post, but nothing drastic.
My real question is the through hull
penetrations in the engine
compartment. This boat has had the Atomic 4 removed and an outboard
bracket installed on the transom. I'm going to go with the outboard
(9.9 hp Merc Bigfoot) as auxiliary power for now, with the idea that if that doesn't work out I'll find a good small diesel
to put back in. How to seal up or utilize the existing through hull
penetrations for the various drains and the bilge pump
is my current
issue. These are not seacocks or petcocks. These are tapered standpipes that rise several inches from the inside surface of the hull. I've never seen or dealt with this type penetration before. Are they safe? Serviceable? Should they be replaced with real seacock valves?