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Cal cockpit drains

We have a new-to-us Cal 36 and I have lots of questions. Here's a simple one that's probably Cal or old sailboat specific. The small cockpit drains in the corners forward against the hatch bulkhead. They either are plugged and I need to remove the plug or it turns to open. Which is it and where can I get a wrench for it?
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Re: Cal cockpit drains

They are probably the same setup as those on my '65 Cal 30.

There are copper tubing lines that run from the upper seat area to a drain in the vertical bulkhead that forms the side of the cockpit.

They plug easily at both ends. Either use a piece of coat hanger to dig out the crud at both ends, disconnect the lines and blow them out or trying blowing them out with the lines installed.

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Re: Cal cockpit drains

Mine actually has a plug screwed into it that I need to get out so it drains. It's a drain like you said that has a small line T ing into the big scupper line. I don't know why it has a plug screwed into it but it does and I don't have the right wrench to get it out. It looks like an extra large straight blade screw driver may do it but I'm afraid of messing up the plug and never getting it out.
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Re: Cal cockpit drains

You need one of these:

Universal Boat Deck Fill Key Deck Plate and Tool | eBay

btw.. make sure it's not a tank fill of some sort before you put a hose into it!!
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Re: Cal cockpit drains

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They are probably the same setup as those on my '65 Cal 30.

There are copper tubing lines that run from the upper seat area to a drain in the vertical bulkhead that forms the side of the cockpit.

They plug easily at both ends. Either use a piece of coat hanger to dig out the crud at both ends, disconnect the lines and blow them out or trying blowing them out with the lines installed.

Good luck.

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It was just like you said. Not a plug, just plugged up. I got one of them clear! Mine are pipe elbows connected by plastic hose. Not a real good setup.
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Mine are pipe elbows connected by plastic hose. Not a real good setup.
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Both the forward and aft upper deck to cockpit drains are on my list for improvements before I paint this spring. I've already opened up the inadequate cockpit sole drains from 1" up to 1 1/2" and replaced the thru-hulls.

The other drains can be kept open (once they are clean) by keeping a 3' length of 1/2 to 3/4 plastic hose handy and blowing them out from the top by placing the hose over the top of the opening and huffing like the big bad wolf.

I'm sure it looks pretty strange to the casual observer; I've just added it to the rituals aboard Amalia since my slip is in an area that accumulates little leaves which are perfectly sized to plug these up!

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Re: Cal cockpit drains

I finally got both drains clean with my shop vac. I should be able to keep them clear now. The drain lines were full of paint flakes and sand and hair from this boat just sitting for so long. It's great to not have the puddles every time it rains.
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