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H37C Cockpit Drains frequently clogging

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  1. sailnc


    Joined Sep 6, 2014
    26 posts, 2 likes
    Hunter 37C
    US New Bern and Raleigh NC New Bern, NC
    All too often I find the two cockpit drains are clogged with leaves or other plant material that has blown into the cockpit. On a few occasions the water has accumulated in the cockpit several inches deep! Since we live 2 hours away from the boat, this worries me.
    The drain covers have very small slits that clog easily...a small handful of leaves can do it.
    I've been thinking about possible fixes... modifying the drain covers, adding some sort of large screen over them,...
    Has anyone found a good solution to this problem?

  2. kloudie1


    Joined Nov 6, 2006
    7,467 posts, 371 likes
    Hunter 34
    US Mandeville Louisiana
    I removed the slotted plates from mine many years ago.. Careful because the screws that hold the plates on may go through the deck and if ya don't plug those holes, you'll get water in the core of the cockpit floor.
    I removed them when a seasick child chucked sandwich parts which clogged them immediately.. I chose to leave them off after that .. Boat has been involved in several hurricanes over the years (lots of rain and flying debris) and I have never had a problem with them becoming plugged with leaves or debris now that the slotted plates are gone.

  3. Ron20324


    Joined Jan 22, 2008
    5,802 posts, 421 likes
    Beneteau 323
    US Annapolis MD
    Roll up some screen wire into a tube and stick it into the drain w/ 3 or more inches sticking out.

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  4. Capt jgw

    Capt jgw

    Joined Feb 8, 2014
    968 posts, 48 likes
    Columbia 36
    US Muskegon
    My last two boats did the same thing till I removed the screens. I think maybe once since something big enough to block the hole fell in. Just don't leave anything loose in the cockpit that can block the drain when unattended. The idea above about putting a roll of screen in the hole is pretty good, a good way to leave it when you're away.

  5. Ed Schenck

    Ed Schenck

    Joined Jun 2, 2004
    5,802 posts, 16 likes
    Hunter 37-cutter, '79
    US 41 23' 30"N 82 33' 20"W--------Huron, OH
    Good ideas above. Remove the slotted piece then modify one of those downspout screens. They are aluminum and easy to shape. I've been fortunate not to be close to any trees.

  6. Jalepeno


    Joined Mar 2, 2008
    394 posts, 24 likes
    Cal 25 mk II
    CA T-Bird Marina, West Vancouver
    That is what I've been doing for twenty years. Just pull out, rollout and clean the screen every year or so.

  7. pateco


    Joined Aug 12, 2014
    1,506 posts, 259 likes
    Hunter 31 (1983)
    US Pompano Beach FL
    I am also having this issue. Mine are clogged every time I go to the boat. It makes it very hard to keep the cockpit clean.
    As soon as I remove the plant debris (mostly palm frond leaf fragments and iguana crap), the cockpit drains quickly

    Does anyone have any other successful suggestion? What size screen would you use?

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  8. jwing


    Joined Jun 5, 2014
    314 posts, 88 likes
    ODay Mariner
    US Guntersville
    I had the same problem. I tried the screen tube method. Here's what happened:
    When in rained, the screens would get clogged up by the leaves, and the cockpit would have water sitting in it. When I got to the boat, I'd pull leaves off the screens, a little water would drain out, the screens would get clogged again. This would go on until I ran out of patience and cleared the cockpit with the manual bilge pump. So, the screens did nothing for me.

    Another problem with the screen rolls is that, whether it has rained or not, there will be leaves in the cockpit. If I kept the screen rolls in the scuppers while I sailed, then I would invariably smash the screens by stepping on them. If I took them out, then the few leaves that I did not manage to remove would find their way to the clogging position.

    I solved the problem by having Sailors' Tailor make a cockpit cover for my boat. My sail cover was shot, so I had them build a combo sail cover/cockpit cover. Now, when I get back to the boat, there is no accumulation of dirt, twigs, leaves and bird crap to clean out before a sail. There's an added bonus: I keep the companionway and lazarette hatch open when I'm not sailing. The cover keeps the rain out but allows enough air exchange so that mildew growth does not happen.

    Last edited: Jan 11, 2018 at 11:42 AM

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