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Re: rain water entering bilge thru mast.
Happens here as well. However, it became a serious problem the first winter I had the boat. It filled the bilge and backed up to the genset locker and then froze solid.
I now remove a thru-hull near the base of the mast and it acts as a drain during the winter. In my case, it happens to be an intake for the head. Anything in the path of the ingress would work.
Wow! Unless you have a very shallow bilge, thats a lot of rain entering through your mast! We've had high winds and a lot of rain last month. My bilge hasn't filled enough to even activate the bilge switch (two inches), including the drip from the prop shaft.
Why didn't the auto bilge pump dump your water before it froze?
Good solution. Obviously the boat the boat was on the hard, correct?
The OP didn't mention Ice. Ice not withstanding, I still don't see it as a "problem".
In any case....it's good to be in California!
Last edited by L124C; 01-04-2013 at 03:21 AM.