Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Companionway well drain
Ryan,toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
This may or many not help you since my boat is a 1987 Maramu. I noticed that the water catchment pan under the main slider of my boat was holding water and the owner of another Maramu had told me that he had located drain holes in his so I went in the investigate. I found two approx. 5/16” diameter holes at the very outboard ends of the drain pan that were drilled through the engine room bulkhead. I am not sure if the holes are sealed in the bulkhead so I plan to bond in two tiny fibreglass tubes with epoxy to keep water from soaking into the wood of the bulkhead while retaining the drainage. The holes were drilled right at the bottom of the pan where it would have been almost impossible to drill once the pan had been installed so I feel that the holes must be original. Both holes on my boat were completely blocked from years of dirt and debris, once I cleaned out the holes out, I can now wash the cockpit without any concerns of water overflowing the catchment pan. In my opinion the drain holes are a very good idea because if fresh water is allowed to sit for a long period in the catchment pan rot could occur in the pan and the engine room bulkhead over time. So yes the bulkhead is meant to be watertight but in reality the flow rate through 2- 5/16” holes is not going to be much given the head so I think that Amel made a good call in adding these holes. One could carry some tiny wooden or rubber plugs for these holes if concerned about the watertight integrity of the bulkhead but a rotten bulkhead is likely a lot less watertight than the drain holes.... Just my 2 cents, I know opinions may vary as they should.
SV Sueno, Maramu #220