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Re: Plugged cockpit drain
If you have a functioning through hull valve, close it, remove the hose, clean it out and test the valve to see if water backflushes through.. if the hose is clear that might help clear the valve out if the debris in there. If you physically see gunk on the top of the valve, loosen/dig it out with a piece of welding rod or some other stiff wire, then flush.
Good to know, in any event, if your through hulls actually move, and more to the point, if they actually shut off and don't leak....
If you want to try clearing it without disassembly first, try a wet/dry shop vac from in the cockpit...
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