Originally Posted by Chief Engineer
Fortunately it remained upright...Combination of wind
, low tide and shallow water allowed me to get three pumps on board.
Why did it sink? Scupper hose froze and cracked...scupper led to below waterline thru hull
Close your thruhulls...visit your boat after storms/snow
Which brings up a interesting question I have been thinking about these last few days.
Namely, thru hulls. Specifically for cockpit
and scupper drains.
My boat has 4 1.5" thru hulls for the cockpit
to now forespar marelon valves. There are pvc tubing above, then hose to the valves.
Seems to me that a better way to do it would be straight fiberglass
tubes glassed into the hull
, and no thru hulls. For one, why have shut off valves there ? You would never want to shut them off, as the boat could potentialy flood via the cockpit, either via rain (yeah I know a lot of it but still) or taking in green water. Also the thru hulls valves add complexitety to a system that I am increasingly wanting to make less complex.
So wouldn't it be better to just glass in some fiberglass
tubes to the openings in the hull
, and deck
, then connect with a small, say a foot long piece of hose for vibrations resistance rather than the long hose, multiple clamps, and potentail of thru hull failure that most boats have ?
Same goes for the deck
scuppers. I am rewiring so have pulled down a lot of the overheads and teak
covering things to gain access, and have found origianl hose on a 27 year old boat... a accident
waiting to happen. a solid pipe would be better imo, or better yet just a opening in the side, rather than using a thru hull and hose.
Also, when my boat sank at the dock
last year from a failed thru hull due to electolysis, and my rebuilding efforts, I see a LOT of thru hulls (13) on my boat that should/could/will be consolidated to only 6. For instance each sink (3 total) had a thru hull. I will replumb them to a larger grey water
tank. The heads are being converted to fresh water flush, so that is 2 more gone. and the list goes on.
I also want to get rid of some non essential openings in the deck. Seems that there are just to many holes in the boat I don't need.