Catalina 22 Drain Strainer
Category: Sailboats, bailer, cockpit drain
Problem: My Catalina 22 is designed so that water will run forward in the cockpit toward two scuppers or drain holes in either corner of the cockpit. They are covered by a small round piece of metal with holes drilled in it to keep debris from entering the drain. I moor this boat at my dock in a cove surrounded by pine and other trees. Consequently, there’s all such of debris that finds its way into the cockpit and washes toward the drains, piles up on top, dries out, hardens, and essentially seals off the drain. If the water rises above about 6 or so inches, the water will flow into the cabin of the boat through the companionway. (Need I say more about the importance of having those drains work all the time?)
Action: To allow at least one drain to function, as the water rises, I inserted a rolled up aluminum screen section. This permits the water to run into the drain but as it gets clogged up the water will go higher until it gets clogged, buying lots of time for water to be removed from the cockpit in case there happened to be one or two instances where a lot of debris made its way into the cockpit during a severe storm.
Result: It works great!
Additional Thoughts: The ideal solution would be to have this tubular screen configuration such that there is only one thickness of screen and it could be 6 or 7 inches high after it is wedged into the drain opening.
When idea was conceived: 12/5/2010
How much time it took to develop: 1 hour
How much money it took to develop: None
Current status: In use.
Since it was originally done: