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Old 21-06-2024, 07:13   #1
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Draining a V-berth bilge

My old Jeanneau likes to develop new leaks every-darn-time I fix one. Generally I don't mind; water makes its way to the lowest point and gets pumped out. Usually bearly enough to notice.

But two owners back, they installed a bow thruster in the bilge locker of the v-berth. Underneath the tube, is a horizontal cross-section, I assume to strengthen the tube. Above the tube are the batteries and motor.

Now whenever there's a leak forward of this, it pools underneath these electrics. Not ideal and it's a royal pain-in-the-@ss to pull out the bed and dry it.

Do you think I can (carefully) just drill through this cross beam? It's fully encapsulated in GRP so I'm unsure what it's made of.

Thoughts welcome.
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Old 23-06-2024, 05:49   #2
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Re: Draining a V-berth bilge

A photo would help
Also what model Jeanneau ?

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Re: Draining a V-berth bilge


Can you get in touch with the owner two owners back? to find out how that beam was made? or is it reinforced as a factory add on?

It might be hollow inside, so you could fill it with spray in closed cell foam, then re-drill it for the limber hole. If yours is a liner-built boat, beware of letting rain or salt water into the area between the hull and the liner.

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