Fixing side scuppers

One of the things I had been meaning to do for ages but hadn’t actually done, was unplug the drains on the side deck.

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You can’t see it in the photo here but this is actually under an inch of standing water. It’s very simple – the hole in the deck leads to a tube that goes to a thru-hull in the side of the boat. Simple. These had been clogged up for probably 6 months now, and I had left it because

– it didn’t rain much in the summer
– I am very lazy and
– It is a shit job, the hoses are hard to reach and the water is really gross having sat for months in a mud clogged tube.

Anyway, I finally got off my bum and did it (the final straw being lectured by Emma – ‘you really should fix that’, thanks Emma) replacing both of the old hoses with nice new blue ones

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Both the older hoses were kinked, which didn’t help them not be blocked. You can see here how gross and blocked the old one is

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The whole job was really disgusting, and I had to take a shower afterwards as I couldn’t get the awful smell off my hands and sweater AND I kinked by back fitting under the lazarettes as apparently I’m an old man BUT – it’s done. Finally. Add another one to the ‘I really hate plumbing’ pile.

In other news, I still haven’t finished the last 3 portholes cos it WON’T STOP RAINING, I still haven’t gotten the 5mm drill bits off Amazon US, and finding metric drill bits in Canada is apparently on a fuckin’ par with locating the city of Atlantis.

Matt

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