For the reasons stated in It’s a gas, or not as it happens; it is the spirit of the thing that counts I gave up on the idea of using gas at all. So now I had a self draining locker with the obvious advantage that any water ingress through the hatch would not find its way into the bilge, making Little Grace that little bit more seaworthy.
Otherwise the locker is used for stowing the dock lines, the main four of which were deplyed at the time this picture was taken.
Drain from the port cockpit locker.
I was keen to do the same to the starboard locker as the erstwhile gas locker. But if I totally enclosed it would have to extend to the transom so that the boat hooks (we have two types as one is for the Handyduck) and emergency paddles could still fit in. This would mean that if the starboard locker filled with water there would be a large volume. If the boat heeled because of the weight the skin fitting in the transom would be higher than the outlet from the box and the water would not drain anyway. Adding another outlet further outboard was not an option as it would be in danger of going bellow the waterline on a port tack. I could add a flapper valve but I don't fancy putting more holes in the boat.
During the refurbishment I had installed a plastic box as a liner in which the fuel tank was stowed. This was connected to one of the skin fittings in the transom so that spilt fuel and vapours could drain out of the boat (the vapours being heavier than air). The latter would only work if the pipe was clear of any water, of course, but I could keep it clear as discussed in It’s a gas, or not as it happens; it is the spirit of the thing that counts.
After the original plastic box for the fuel tank was removed. You can see one of the boat hooks at the top of the picture.
Pipes connected to the skin fittings in the transom. The clear pipe is connected to the boxes in the starboard locker; there is a crossover just out of shot.
The two boxes in position. In these two photos you can see the drain from the grey to the black and the outlet from the black to the transom.
The boxes are bolted together and fastened to the wood below. For extra security they are braced against the hull by a small fender bought for the purpose.