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post #9 of Old 07-26-2003
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Decontaminating water tanks

This won''t help with your present problem but it''s a good way to avoid a repeat.

When I have the boat hauled for the winter, I remove the speedlog transducer from its thru-hull mount in the bilge and leave the opening unplugged. This way, if water does find its way aboard, it can accumulate only until the level reaches the open thru-hull which is considerably below the cabin sole. Any excess drains harmlessly.

I imagine it also helps a bit with ventilation via the fresh air that is admitted.

In my case (Catalina 30), there is enough slack cable on the transducer that I can place it in one of the galley sinks where it will be in plain sight as a reminder to replace it before spring launch.
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