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I have a Cal 22, in starting spring cleaning, I noted that the cockpit drain seems to be clogged. it doesn''t go straight from the cockpit out, rather, there''s an elbow shaped tube that runs under the cockpit and then out. anyone have any ideas how to unclog this. I just don''t want to puncture the tubing.
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I would use a shop-vac or high press hose to blow/suck the trash out.
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These drains are called "scuppers", any search on the internet will give you some ideas. i used 2 plungers and liquid drano to unclog mine. 2 plungers beacause the 2 drain openings in the cockpit are connected on mine. 1 plunger just blew it into the cockpit out the other hole, you could also stick a power washer in the hole though this may be too violent. I read that 62% of all dockside sinkings are because these are clogged.
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My first choice would be one of those hand-cranked, spring steel snakes used to unclog household drains. They are 10 bucks or so at most hardware stores and shouldn''t puncture anything.

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I recently had a clogged cockpit drain and poked out the obstruction with the remote gripper I carry on board. This is about 3 feet long, maybe an eighth of an inch thick, flexible, with a plunger at the top and 3 prongs that open and close at the end with the plunger. Great for picking up small stuff in awkward places, and turned out to be just what the doctor ordered for clearing the drain hose, which has a bend in it. Got the gripper at an auto parts store. Good place to shop for a mirror on a telescoping rod, other stuff that the marine stores won''t carry, or charge too much for.
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