Friday, September 01, 2006

Deck Drains

As the cockpit drains were leaky, so were the side deck drains. The previous owner had simply bedded (temporary?) drains using household PVC pipe and silicone sealant. Needless to say it was easy to remove. The new deck drains drain out the side via thru mounted fittings just below connected with hose. They are two inch drains. These deck drains are wide mouth, made of stainless, and fit just nicely in the drain recess. These are temporarily installed. Bedded with 4200 and no fasteners. The side drains are stainless and threaded with a backplate. Of course, the day after I installed the drains, before I connected the hose, it rained. Now these are the ONLY drains that were designed for the deck. Considering the amount of water the deck can hold with the high gunwhales, it seems that only two drains is not enough. If you catch a big wave over the bow, you may have a lot of water trying to get out. Current thought is to install a "hawse cleat" just above the deck drain. I am not sure if that is what they are really called, but, they are those hawse pipes that have a cleat integrated in the backing plate. This would serve as an "extra drain" in the case of too much water, as well as a near midship cleat which is handy for spring lines at the dock.