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Re: Blocked bilge cross drilling
Have these limber holes worked before, or is this new to you? I suppose it's possible that they don't go straight through a rib or stinger, but I've not personally seen that. It would seem unnecessarily complicated too.
I wonder if a prior owner had intentionally sealed the inside somehow. Especially with keel stepped masts, which I also have, it can get frustrating to clear up water that makes it's way all over the bilge. Could a PO have been trying to contain the water in one place for clean up?
Rather than plug them off, I'm trying to engineer some boxes around the limber holes that would hold back and inch or so of water, before spilling over the top of the dam and moving around. Hopefully, that would allow me sufficient time to clean it up, as it slowly accumulates, but still allow the limber holes to distribute the weight of the water, if there were a catastrophic leak. A point, btw, which may or may not actually be helpful, given the circumstances.
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