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Cockpit Flooded with Rain Water
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posted 07-31-2015 08:57 PM ET (US)
My Revenge 20 was sitting on her trailer when we got a helluva rainstorm. The bilge plugs were removed, but the thru-hull got plugged up with leaves. When I checked the next day, the starboard area where the plug and bilge pump are was flooded up to the deck with rainwater. It must have been like this for about twelve hours. How much of a problem will this be? Flooded foam around the gas tank? Will removing the deck plates and letting everything down there dry out help?
posted 07-31-2015 11:13 PM ET (US)
If the rain water collected in the cockpit sump and rigging tunnel to a level high enough to spill over into the center fuel tank cavity, the top of the fuel tank and the foam surrounding it may have gotten wet. Removing the circular deck pry-out access covers will help the water to evaporate.
posted 08-01-2015 07:10 PM ET (US)
A cover is a good investment for a boat that is stored outside. It need not be an expensive custom made cover made of Sunbrella, a decent poly tarp or sufficient size with a ridgepole along the boat centerline will serve as well if not as conveniently.
Poly tarp covers should be well ventilated as the material wont breathe. By using a little longer ridgepole the ends of the cover can be left slightly open thus allowing breezes to pass under the cover.
posted 08-01-2015 10:20 PM ET (US)
Likely the foam around the tank was already filled with water so no worries there. Also removing the deck plates will not dry it out in there. If it makes you feel like it is helping then do it, but it's fruitless. I had my entire deck off with the fuel tank exposed, tented the entire thing and added with a dehumidifier for a week. The foam still had standing water in it.
posted 08-03-2015 01:58 PM ET (US)
When I drive or store without my cover in the rain my plug is out and my bilge-pump on auto. My drain does the work unless it gets plugged with dirt at which time my auto setting on the console kicks on my pump.
Talking about this, I forgot to put the plug in this weekend and when I'm boating in good weather my pump switch is off.
Here is the question is the conduit/tunnel or whatever you want to call it with the steering, throttle and electric cables running from the bilge the the CC waterproof?
(on my Montauk 150)
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