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Old 22-06-2018, 07:16   #1
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Pearson 303 - ideas to drain shaft puddle

I have a 303 '87 that has been all I've been looking for in terms of maintenance hobby and sailing training wheels.

One of the things that I can't seem to find a solution to is how to drain the puddle that forms by the not-so-dripless shaft, behind the engine. There's a little void there where water accumulates, either slowly or at motor faster.

There seems to be a hole going in under the engine cradle, I can see it when I look from the shaft side, by the gear box or so, but I do not see any exit hole towards the bilge at the forward end of the cradle so it doesn't do anything. Water accumulates until it's enough to run around the cradle and into the bilge which is too much in my opinion.

It's a very common classic, anyone else had the same problem and found a fix that doesn't involve open heart surgery?

Yellow dotted is the puddle area, green blurb is where there's a hole into/under the cradle. Large red box is engine, small red box is gearbox.
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