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    Question water pooling

    Good morning,

    We have water pooling on the starboard side of the cockpit on the seat. When it really rains the water pools from the corner to the front of the companionway. Any thoughts on why it would pool in this area?

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    Result of common list of vessel at rest?
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    list

    Anyway to balance the boat to prevent the list?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wannasailsoon View Post
    Anyway to balance the boat to prevent the list?
    Just have to look at weight distribution on the boat...which side's water tanks you fill (I tend to stick with my starboard tank), is your holding tank full (mine is on port), do you have a lot of gear stored inside the boat on the starboard side, and so on.
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    Balancing act

    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff W. View Post
    Just have to look at weight distribution on the boat...which side's water tanks you fill (I tend to stick with my starboard tank), is your holding tank full (mine is on port), do you have a lot of gear stored inside the boat on the starboard side, and so on.
    Our water tank, batteries are all on the starboard side. I am going to take a bit of inventory and see if I can balance it a bit better.

    Hmm, I also have a number of books on that side of the boat.
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    Some of us keep the water tank low unless heading off on a cruise.

    On the 381, the 40-gallon tank (more than 300 pounds) under the starboard berth creates most of the list.
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    Hi Shannon,

    As others have indicated, boats often do list a bit to one side or the other. However, I'm a bit puzzled, given that we have the same boats albeit a couple years apart, that you have that much pooling where we have none. So I would start to problem solve by emptying everything possible from the boat--water tanks, holding tank, etc., and temporarily moving any substantial items off the boat (onto the dock or somewhere). If you know approximately how much fuel you have, you can calculate the weight of that. Having removed as much as possible, I would use a large level (3 feet would be good) to check various places on the boat--across the stern lockers behind the wheel, on the salon floor, in the V-berth without the cushions, etc. to see if there is a noticeable and consistent list to starboard that would explain your water pooling. If you find that consistent list, then think about how you might rebalance to minimize that. If you have the optional bow water tank, you could use that instead of the starboard one, put only lighter items in the starboard hanging locker, etc.

    If you don't notice a consistent list at most points on the boat, it's possible that the layup of the boat left a lower section in that corner of the cockpit when the boat was built. While I think that's unlikely, as they probably used the same mould for the E30+, it's the only other explanation I can think of if the boat is otherwise level.

    Good luck in solving this one!
    Frank

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