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Time to clean my deck drains?

So, I was gone for a week and this is what I found when I got back:



And what's with the dead bee???

You can see the deck is in need or refinishing, it's coming soon, but today I'll be taking the drains apart and making sure they're clear!

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Hmm... dirtboy has plants growing in his cockpit drains... coincidence, I think not...

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The bee was killed by the methane gas emanating from the scupper....

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Yep, I'm a living contrdiction; dirt worshiping sailor! And I do LOVE the time I spend in the dirt.

Here's what I found:



I think the bee may have been killed by the paint chips (lead???) that clogged the drain in the first place. So, I took all six drains apart and found debris in each one. Running slick as a newborn's GI tract now!

Now, that damn deck! Guess any 45 yo boat is an on-going project.

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I use a plummers helper to clear pine neddles and palm seeds.

I just fill up the cockpit with about 4 inches of water and pump away untill clear.

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