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Old 30-09-2016, 12:07   #1
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Water Between Hull And Inner Shell

My 1983 Catalina 27 has water in the bow area ahead of the bulkhead. Its rain coming from a stanchion that needs to be re-sealed but it is accumulating below the inside fiberglass shell. Why doesn't it drain into the bilge ??
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Re: water between hull and inner shell

Water needs gravity and nothing in its way. It will also accumulate, as moisture does. Many Catalinas (well, many boats) have voids that have no hole/ outlet to the bilge; for example, if water accumulates to the side of the forward water tank, it can go nowhere.


Pull the stanchion and re-bed. You'll need a friend to re-install.
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Re: Water Between Hull And Inner Shell

It could be that there is a clogged limberhole keeping the water from draining, or it may be that you'll have to take a sponge and bail it out First, re-bed the stanchion. Then get rid of the water (sometimes you can use a wet or dry vac, but a sponge will do it eventually, for a bailer.) If there is a plugged limber hole, clean it out with a length of 7x7 small gauge rigging wire, which is quite flexible, great hose cleaners, too. Dusty bilges are a worthwhile goal.

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Anyone know where the limber holes are in a 1983 27?
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Anyone know where the limber holes are in a 1983 27?
Not all boats have them, but on our first Insatiable, they were all pretty near the centerline of the boat, drilled through the base of the bulkhead, all drained to the sump.

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