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Old 11-15-2007
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Is this a thru-hull?

This is a '79 Mariner 28. Is that a "hole" in the forward part of the keel, just to left of the jackstand? it looks like it had something dripping out of it. What kind of thru-hull would be that far down? or am I just seeing things?

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Looks like the right location for a garboard plug, but I've never seen one that wasn't threaded. Maybe on the inside?

It's for draining the bilge on the hard.
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It's a drainage of some type you can clearly see the drainage marks, possibly for the anchor locker. maybe someone else will chime in
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Ah, that makes sense!
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That's a bilge drain - could have a valve on the interior side.
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I believe it is too low for a bilge...the keel studs most likely come out right at the thetop of the keel...
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My keel bilge is similar to that Chief with no keel bolts - the bilge forms a deep and narrow well on the interior and is typical of fiberglass encapsulated lead ballasted keels.
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winter storage drain

i ran into the same hole in a '76 Catalina i bought from a charity donated boat. The charity had so many donated boats they did care for them over the storage seasons. Water accumulating in the bilges often flooded the cabins. So they began drilling holes in to the lowest spots in the bilges through the lead keels. It was half assed job, that was corrected by the buyers. I just inserted a machined screw with 4100 and filled the hole the following haul-out.
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