Beneteau F310 ~ APOTHIC
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Ontario, NY (PYC)
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Elbow fittings below the waterline
I went to great pains to ensure that my boat's cockpit drains could absorb a direct nuclear strike and not result in sinking the boat... I used 1/2" G10 backing plates bedded nicely, through-bolted Groco flange adapters, and installed the biggest honking Groco in-line 1-1/2" ball valves I've seen. Then I installed brand new wire-reinforced high-end exhaust host which just about needed an acetylene torch to cut through.
Where it's NOT bulletproof is the cockpit drains themselves. They are pretty much just nice quality sink drains / tailpieces. I couldn't quite justify the $400 perko fittings, so I kept it stock. The downside of this install is that the hose needs to make a pretty stiff bend due to the layout of the cockpit drains and location of the seacocks. And the nuclear-blast resistant exhaist hose puts a lot of pressure on those drain tailpieces.
I am thinking that it may improve the install if I installed an elbow fitting to help with the bend. Is there such a thing as a below-waterline rated elbow fitting for 1-1/2" hose that won't (significantly) reduce the integrity of my set up?
The other thing I've looked for is a tailpiece which has an integral 45 or 90 degree bend, but again, I can't find them.
Does the community have any collective wisdom that can help this mildly troubled installation, and allow me to tweak it for the better?
Beneteau F310 ~ Apothic
PYC, Lake Ontario
Last edited by cghubbell; 05-03-2012 at 09:18 PM.
Reason: Fix spelling...