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wrote The Voyager’s Handbook and
hundreds of tech articles.
there’s also the issue of galvanic reaction.
Keep a sharp eye on the rope. It, too, will
wear but that’s much easier and cheaper to
replace than your lifting eyes.
I have a 1997 Trophy 2503 center console,
and am concerned about my four cockpit
drains that sit below the waterline. There’s
no access to inspect the hoses that connect
them from the deck to the outside connectors. They’re original hoses and if one pops,
the boat will sink. Any ideas?
Capt. Bill Houck
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
BETH LEONARD: You’re right to be con-
cerned. If the thru-hulls for the cockpit drains
are below the waterline, your boat is vulnera-
ble, not just to sinking due to a failed hose, but
to being overwhelmed by a heavy rain. If the
outlets were not originally below the waterline,
they might now be for a number of reasons
including repowering with heavier engines,
storing more weight in the back of the boat, or
the boat stern or hull taking on water, perhaps
around fittings that pass through the hull. If
there’s any way to get those outlets above the
water, the boat would be significantly less vul-
nerable. If you can see no reason why the hull
would be heavy but believe the outlets were
originally above the waterline, hire a surveyor
to check the hull to make sure it hasn’t taken
on water and become significantly heavier
than when it was new.
As to the access problem, if you can get
some idea of the layout of the cockpit hoses,
you might be able to figure out access to
them. I recommend talking to Bayliner to
see if you can get a schematic, and to find
out if they have a recommendation on how
to gain access. It may be possible to cut an
access hole somewhere and then cover it with
a watertight hatch. Someday those hoses will
need to be replaced, and based on their age,
sooner rather than later.