Re: Watertight, my foot!
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Joel accurately described the factors behind the failure of the ‘watertight’ bulkhead between the forward accommodation and the saloon: whether owing to builder oversight, modification or age, the space between the conduit trunking and the pipes taking water for heads, a/c and anchor wash is not filled. In our case this is visible from forward under the lower shelf beneath the holding tank.
We were made aware of the issue only because we a) had failed to check the tightness of the bowthruster cables, b) were heeled to port at 20-30 degrees for 48 hours as we crossed the Bay of Biscay fine reaching on starboard in 25-35kt winds and a biggish sea c) slamming frequently. a) and c) meant the bowthruster leaked prodigiously and b) that the collected water crossed the watertight bulkhead through the pipe trunkings. It became visible in the central stowage (saloon and forward cabin) only when the boat came upright on arrival in Gijon.
I suppose that the purpose of this site is for us to learn from one another’s experiences. In this case people with boats answering Joel’s description should probably check their bulkheads. Like Mahili, we fixed the problem – we used closed cell foam. And check your bowthruster before making a big trip!
Anne and Keith
---In amelyachtowners@..., <karkauai@...> wrote:
I'm guessing that water from the chain locker may find its way into the forward shower well when heeled to port if all valves are open and there is significant water in the chain locker. Is that the issue?
On Nov 2, 2013, at 8:15 AM, "Bill & Judy Rouse" <yahoogroups@...> wrote: