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06-07-2013 06:46 AM
Antelope
Re: CAL 25 cockpit not draining

Hey there sailguy40, can you give me any info on the draining system and how you got through this problem? Where abouts do the drains end up? I have valves under the steps into the cabin

Im in vancouver, BC, and we get a lot of rain. My cockpit fills up and then drains into the cabin. Obviously this is a problem... Any advice?
10-02-2010 12:40 PM
Hickory260 I have a 1972 Cal 25 "project boat." The cockpit half full when I first saw her. The drains were clogged. As it turned out, one had the cap from a toothpaste tube jammed in it. I keep a piece of Romex wire handy to keep them clear. Instead of seacocks, I've wired tappered wooden plugs to the drainpipes in the cabin to insert in case of failure.
02-12-2010 09:58 PM
kgs113 I've got the same boat and the same problem occasionally. There are a lot of trees in my marina and debris is always loosely clogging the cockpit drains. I went to the local hardware store and got some of that aluminium mesh for putting in your gutter downspouts to keep the crud out. Used about half for each drain. Make it a few inches taller than the drain so if some crud blocks the mesh it can still drain. Don't worry when you forget its there and step on it. It's soft. It'll flatten out and you can reshape it when you need to. I pull mine out when sailing. Works well and you don't have to get robbed at a chandlery for it.
02-12-2010 03:08 PM
Skylark23455
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Originally Posted by Faster View Post
The problem would be when the water level in the cockpit was able to run into the boat via the companionway or a cockpit locker... It would take a long time but eventually it could sink... but in the meantime you'd have a lot of water below with all the attendant damage from that.
That exact thing happened to me last fall. Pine needles had clogged the scuppers and 3 horrific rain falls filled the cockpit and started to run down the companion way. Fortunately my neighbor saw the water and unclogged the scuppers. I was very lucky with the carpet being the only casualty.

Lesson? Make sure you have an automatic float switch on your bilge pumps that will kick on is a situation like that. The PO of Skylark had only a manual switch as the boat is typically dry as a bone. Had not gotten to adding one yet...stupid me. Sorry to be a little off topic, but thats a lesson that could have had my baby on the bottom...would hate to see it happen to anyone.

PS, does anyone else think that the scupper size on the Cal 34 is ridiculously small for the size of the cockpit?
02-12-2010 10:17 AM
Faster The problem would be when the water level in the cockpit was able to run into the boat via the companionway or a cockpit locker... It would take a long time but eventually it could sink... but in the meantime you'd have a lot of water below with all the attendant damage from that.
02-12-2010 01:16 AM
sailguy40 I am going to run a snake down the drains this weekend. Then dump some water to test out the drains, if it starts to drain I will be good. I am curious if the boat would sink if a hard rain came and those things somehow got stopped up.
02-12-2010 01:14 AM
Faster
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....As for sea-cocks on cockipt drains, I questioned this when I bought the boat and my research showed that they are not such a good idea as the cockpit always needs to be able to drain rain and seawater. If you think about it, why would you ever want to close these off?
If the hose ever failed or came adrift - or needed to be changed - it would be nice to be able to close off that largish hole in the hull.....
02-12-2010 12:13 AM
DanielBoon This happened on my Ericson 28 which had been sitting for a while prior to me buying it. After much rodding to no effect I donned my scuba mask and went underneath with a long screwdriver and picked some very interesting sealife out of the thru-hulls. After that, all now drains nicely! As for sea-cocks on cockipt drains, I questioned this when I bought the boat and my research showed that they are not such a good idea as the cockpit always needs to be able to drain rain and seawater. If you think about it, why would you ever want to close these off?
02-11-2010 12:29 PM
svHyLyte Humm... You must have a newer Cal. In any case, Skylark is correct. Any through-hull below the waterline should have a seacock to allow it to be closed when/if necessary. In re: cleaning, you may find an investment in a plumber's snake (or the rental of one) worth the investment. Depending upon your location, you may also find that critters have set up house-keeping in your drain-lines and need be removed to keep the lines clear.

Good luck!
02-11-2010 09:47 AM
Skylark23455 If that's the case, you will want to put in seacocks (valves that can be closed) between the bottom of those hoses to the thru-hulls the next time you have her out of the water.
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