Originally Posted by At sea
Have you considered straight sections of mild steel
pipe from the cockpit
to the hull
, simply welded each end. No need for seacocks. That's the setup on my steely. It's been that way, untouched, for 30 years and still appears sound. Just a suggestion.
I've considered it, my first steel
boat had a similar set up. My problem is that a straight pipe down through the hull
would still be just ahead of the prop disk. Reverse, gun it and take a shower
. Working with solid pipe to move the drain points forward would be really difficult and would tend to cause access problems under the cockpit
floor if I need to get under there to work on the transmission
, coupler, and stuffing box. I am considering the straight through design with the exits further back on either side of the rudder
. This would require a dog leg and a cross over but could be done with 2, 2.5 or 3 inch pipe. I'm not sure how difficult it is to bend steel pipe with a hydraulic jack set up but that may be another option instead of multiple welded sections. Fill the pipe with sand, weld caps on and bend away. I have a 20 ton jack handy.