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Hi everyone been lurking around for a little while reading some post here and there. Finally I got a great deal on a cs 27 and here I am time to really learn. I need to do a bit of work to it mostly cosmetic. the problem I am having now is its sitting on a cradle dry and every time it rains it takes on water into the cabin floor. I haven't had a chance to investigate too much but it would seem to me that one of the through hull fittings should be a simple drain?
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There should be a battery powered bilge pump that pumps overboard above the water line. If battery powered pump is not working, there should be a manual bilge pump accessible from the cockpit if you can find the handle for it.
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Re: A little over my head

Thanks for the fast responce you must have been reading my mind. I was wondering what the rubber boot is in the cockpit area. it does have a battery operated bulge I just wasnt sure if there was any type of a drain plug I could pull as I would think the batter would drain over time
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Yup, the battery will drain over time. Better find a solution for that - got a shore power setup you can leave plugged in? Or solar panels.

Otherwise just punp it manually when you're there. A little water won't hurt short-term. Chase down the leaks when you can. Hatches and around the mast are likely culprits.

No drain plugs in boats bigger than a toy. Remember, this thing's way too heavy to float on foam; if a drain plug popped out, you'd sink. On that note, check all your through-hulls while you're on the hard. All hoses should be in good condition and double-clamped, and fitted with ball-type valves (not gate valves like a garden hose).
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Re: A little over my head

I never thought about the solar i could prob go to harbor freight and get a cheap panel and just wire it directly to a small battery to only run the pump. I am thinking the water is coming from the cockpit area I am wondering if it has something to do with the floor drains. I actually was looking at the gate valves thinking man those would be better if they were ball valves. is pvc ball valves best?
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A little over my head

Some smaller boats actually had the cockpit drain into the bilge. Get a hose and check out where the leak is from. Also a small shop vac (a wet type) is helpfull to empty the bilge and keep the boat clean in the cabin.
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Re: A little over my head

Wow I really love this site lots of great info that makes sense. has anyone done anything to change that like add a new through hull above the water line
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Re: A little over my head

Congrats on your CS 27 purchase: CS 27 sailboat specifications and details on sailboatdata.com
The Canadian Sailcraft boats have a great reputation for high build quality and superior design.

That said, even a well made boat can develop leaks. You'll need to find the source of the leaks and stop them. Finding the leaks may not be so easy. You might just consider that all your deck fittings are suspect and re-bed them all. Here is a very good tutorial on just this subject: Re-Bedding Deck Hardware Photo Gallery by Compass Marine at pbase.com

If you can't cure the cause of the leaks then you can treat the symptom by covering your boat with tarps while it sits on the hard. Of course, this does not solve the root cause, but it may help dry your boat out for a short while.
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Re: A little over my head

hopefully next time I get out there i can get a hose going but the cockpit drains are perfect place to start then I will just grab a new battery and install it and remember when i go there on weekends to charge the battery for a few hours
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I was also wondering what everyone recommends for batteries
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