Had a special treat when I got to the boat over the weekend. Lots of rain the past couple of weeks.
The Baba 30 has a well at the bow. I'm guessing the reason for this well was to allow the bow sprit to have clearance underneath it. WIthout the well, the bowsprit would be on top of the deck and would probably look a bit odd with the pulpit significantly raises.
In any case, this well does a great job of collecting water. There are two drains in the well and they will drain the well very quickly... when they're not clogged.
Well, because my boat is backed up against a forest, lots of tree debris ends up on the deck. And when it rains, all the water pushes that debris toward the well. The drains clog and there's nowhere for the water to go but in through the anchor hawse (or whatever you call it). No worries, there's a nice drain in there too. Which drains into the bilge.
The boat is not level. At first I asked the yard to adjust it, but then I changed my mind. This way, all the mucky water will drain through the bow instead of out the scuppers and streakind down the side of the hull. That also means water collecting in the boat will not drain into the bilge under the engine. Which in my case is good because my bilge pump is shot.
So I walked into the boat on Saturday and was greeted with a foward bilge full of water.
The trees behind the boat
The drain that gets clogged. Not where the anchor chain enters the deck
The great bilge flood of 2011