Monday, July 19, 2010

Straight on thru

It may seem like as small thing, but it made a big difference.

Eolian has drains in each of the aft deck lazarette lockers. She also has, in each of the lockers, a drain in the trough in which the lazarette lid seats, to catch and redirect deck water, so that it doesn't end up in the lazarette. The two hoses from these two drains are joined at the thru-hull fitting. The original arrangement was this:

While adequate, and serving the need in theory, it proved to be a problem in practice. Most of the water that passes thru the fittings comes from the trough. And this water frequently entrains seeds (thank you birds), hair, paint flakes, dirt, etc. It seems that the fitting was always blocking at the tee. The consequence? Water either overflowed the trough into the lazarette, or it backed up from the lazarette drain. In either case, we ended up with multiple inches of rain water in the lazarettes.

A simple solution? Rearrange the fittings so that the trough drain is preferred, having a straight-thru path:

It works. Such a simple thing made a great difference

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