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I also have a 1981-vintage boat which has had a blocked refer drain for years. Mine was blocked for 17 of the 18 years I've owned the boat. Finally, this spring, I got serious. Or mad. Or somethin'.
Got a hefty piece of insulated s/s lifeline, and banged away at the plugup from each end. Then, I cut the hose a bit downstream of the plugup and took a long thin screwdriver and hammer to it.
Took about 1/2 hour, but it finally dislodged. Kicked myself for putting up with it so long.
I would have just cut the hose out and replaced it but, of course, it's in an impossible position and would have required major surgery, while patching the hose with a plastic connector piece was a breeze.
Can you believe it, I actually used a pump and hose all these years to drain water from the bottom?
Keep at it. It will give up eventually.
Last edited by btrayfors; 10-09-2007 at 02:58 PM.