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epoxy anchor well bottom

I have just purchased a 44 Hunter DS and cleaned out the anchor well And found that there is a lot of junk below the drain hole, Has anyone epoxied up to the level of the drain hole To stop the anchor sitting in any water.
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Re: epoxy anchor well bottom

Yes! I had the same concern. The same solution, too. I mixed some WEST epoxy with microbaloons to a pourable consistency and brought the floor level of the locker space up to the drain hole. I cleaned and prepped the surface for good adhesion.

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Yes! I had the same concern. The same solution, too. I mixed some WEST epoxy with microbaloons to a pourable consistency and brought the floor level of the locker space up to the drain hole. I cleaned and prepped the surface for good adhesion.

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This is the way to do it, just read the guidlines from the epoxy vendor.
There is a maximum thickness that you can cast in one go as epoxy developes lots of heat while curing.
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Re: epoxy anchor well bottom

The drain hole is higher for a reason. All the nonfloating particles stay there and the drain hole can easily remove the water. If you still want the drain hole as low as possible, drill a new one close to the bottom. This will drain the water. In case something blocks this opening, which will be the case, the original drain hole will work.
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Re: epoxy anchor well bottom

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The drain hole is higher for a reason. All the nonfloating particles stay there and the drain hole can easily remove the water.
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I have one hole at bottom on port side. One hole elevated 1 inch on starboard side. This helps with some of the debris entrapment. Still have to go in and hose down once in a while.
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The drain hole is higher for a reason. All the nonfloating particles stay there and the drain hole can easily remove the water. If you still want the drain hole as low as possible, drill a new one close to the bottom. This will drain the water. In case something blocks this opening, which will be the case, the original drain hole will work.
I live in a country where we have freezing temperaturs in winter, I prefer to have the drain hole at the bottom to avoid expanding ice from doing harm.

Never felt the need for two drain holes
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Re: epoxy anchor well bottom

I have mine fitted with electric plugs so i can close the holes at will.


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This is the way to do it, just read the guidlines from the epoxy vendor.
There is a maximum thickness that you can cast in one go as epoxy develops lots of heat while curing.
That is correct! It is an exothermic reaction. I should have mentioned it. I did it in two pours. It built up a wedge of epoxy mix about 1" thick at the forward edge. It is a fairly flat and thin pour and dissipates heat well.

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Re: epoxy anchor well bottom

While I agree that you want the hole higher to keep it from clogging.. if you are going to build up a layer, I might suggest some sort of foam be glued into place first and the epoxy poured over it. Less weight, just as strong, and a small amount of extra buoyancy is added to the boat
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