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Re: Corondo 25 questions

Your description of your problems is a little vague, but if the bilge pump is running, but nothing else works, then it's a wiring problem not a battery problem.

Electrical-

There should be a fuse block on the starboard side, inside the battery space behind the seatback. Check your fuses and the wiring leading to and from them.

The head-

If your Coronado has a holding tank, then it was installed later. These boats were originally set up to pump overboard. Trace the hoses. Is there a "Y" valve? If so, then you have a holding tank. If not, then pumping overboard is the only configuration you have.

To pump overboard, all valve handles should be in-line with the hose. If you have a pressure buildup and can't pump, then the lines are clogged. You need to SHUT the valves, and the hull seacock and take the lines apart and unclog them.

Yes, this is a disgusting job but it's part of liveaboard life. Buy and wear some rubber gloves and have a bucket handy. The toilet snake from a hardware store might help.

If you ARE pumping overboard, then you'd better check into your local discharge laws. You may be doing something illegal, but being as you're in the "back beyond" of Alaska, you may be perfectly legal.

Water intrusion:

Water could be leaking from a faulty seal around the forepeak hatch, the stanchion bases or the window seals. Check all of these. Look for stain trails running down the cabin liner.

If it's not raining, but the bow is always wet, it's probably condensation from cooking and propane use. Crack the forepeak hatch to let a little of the humidity out.

I owned a Coronado 25 for two years and sailed the hell out of it. They are tough little boats. The primary weaknesses are the hull/deck joint which can be improved by removing the rub rail and glassing them together, and tiller head attachment point, which is just a pinch collar that can slip and let the rudder fall off. This is easily fixed as well.

There is an active Yahoo forum for the Coronado 25. I recommend you check it out.

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