3751Hrs – Metalwork, Woodwork and Painting

6 Responses

  1. Jacques says:

    Cowls. I had the same setup, with a tehorically waterproof floor in the rear compartment and small holes to evacuate water near the bulkhead.

    Never worked. Water was coming in through holes and cowls, draining into the bilge and i ended with at least 500 kg of water under the floor.

    For the crossing I put 2 pieces of tape on the evacuation holes and used green lemonds to plug the bigger vents. Needless to say that we had to control and change regularly the lemonds.

    Now, everything is plugged.

  2. Andy says:

    (first time poster, long time lurker, lol )

    I have study plans, and I’ve built the boat 50 times in my head ! Would mounting the gas bottles off the back of the cockpit, running a gas line along the back of the crossbeam, with a flexible piece as it joins the hull, work? True the bottles are ugly, but it would free up more space in that area, and not have to worry about the water issue.

    Thanks Jacques for your crossing video, I watch it at least once a day for inspiration !

  3. Chuck says:


    Don’t listen to what Jacques says. Definitely use yellow lemons. They match your color better. I’m putting my gas on deck somewhere for safety reasons.

  4. NeilH says:

    Wow, that’s a concern Jacques. Did you establish how the water got under the floor? I’m sure I’ve got mine sealed (with a small watertight hatch for access).

  5. NeilH says:

    Hi Andy,

    Thanks for lurking! Yes I guess it would work (looks like Chuck is going to do something similar) The short pipe run with minimal joints present in the plan version appeal to me. This is going to be one to watch I think.

  6. NeilH says:

    Well colour issues aside, as a Limey I really should use Limes shouldn’t I? But I really don’t want to be using any fruit based water ingress prevention solution, there’s got to be something better than that.

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