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Cockpit Drain Line

I am replacing the cockpit drain hoses, which discharge through the transom above the water line. The problem is the drain from the cockpit is a plastic or pvc tube which extends down to about the level of the through hull. This means the hose has to do a 90 degree turn resulting in the hose lying below the level of the through hull and water is always in the drain. Can I glue or epoxy a plastic or pvc 90 degree elbow on the cockpit drain tube to make an easy connection with the hose? Another option would be to connect the 90 degree piece to the drain tube with a short section of hose.
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Re: Cockpit Drain Line

Can you remove one of the old ones intact?

An auto parts store might be able to match it up with a pre-bent reinforced radiator hose section, that would work for you.

PVC is frowned on since the deck may flex, the PVC crack, and then you'd be flooding your boat. Your choice of whether that's a problem to risk.

Pcitures might help.
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Re: Cockpit Drain Line

if it's standard schedule-40 type conection then you might be able to put a long-sweep 90 degree elbow..any normal 90 degree elbow should work as long as it fits the piece stubbed down from the drain..not sure why your drain fitting is so long though...it might stand a tad bit of shortening...the reason so many older boats go through the cabin opposite the companionway ladder is that this gives good gravity-fed drop of course...instead of more horizontal runs under cockpit...out-the-transom,etc..if it's out the sides of cockpit in short runs..should be okay with just shortening the "stub-down" a bit of the drain fitting if you follow...

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