List to starbord

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george kellock
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List to starbord

Postby george kellock » Fri Oct 04, 2013 4:54 am

I recently acquired a'74 C-22 which had been drydocked for a long while. It is in need of a lot of TLC and when launched had a slight list to starboard. It has to come out for swing keel/winch repair. The boat
yard folks suggested that the foam flotation was saturated and that an
interior drain hole be drilled at the compartment base. Any thoughts/
guidance before I go this route would be much appreciated. Thanks.

George K.

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Postby C22Bob » Fri Oct 04, 2013 5:33 am


I have a 1980 C22 that I'm restoring and have heard others on this forum mention the foam being saturated, but I haven't seen that with mine. Not sure if the later models used a different foam or not. I've heard where some owners remove the foam completely. If I suspected moisture, I would cut a circular access hole (or two) near the bottom and sample the foam. Size the whole correctly and you can cover it with an plastic access panel. That way you can get back inside that area in the future if it does hold moisture there. Good luck! I'm a year into my restoration, cabin and deck are complete. Starting the hull now..

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Postby CaptainScott » Fri Oct 04, 2013 5:39 am

Hi George!
Welcome to the forum!

Congrats on your new C22! The floatation in these boats does get saturated with water and can cause the starboard list. A lot of folks here have indeed worked on this issue including drilling holes, draining, and even going so far as to remove the floatation material!

On my boat the list was not bad so I removed my sliding dinette since I do not use it and have moved my battery towards the port side to offest any more starboard list! Works great for me!

Now lets get some folks who have actually addressed the issue of wet floatation to chime in!

Again, Welcome!


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Postby astrorad » Fri Oct 04, 2013 12:14 pm

I removed some of the chrome plated hole caps that cover the top of the Starboard settee and I used a file to create some teeth in the end of a suitable length of thinwall electrical conduit. I then used the piece of conduit to remove a core of foam from the settee all the way to the bottom. I did find some moisture down there...only 2 or 3 inches in my case.
I drilled a 1/4 inch hole in the side of the settee near the cabin floor and let it dry out for 2 years while I have been working on the boat. Water has slowly drained out and now there is only some dampness in the bottom 1/2 inch of the foam.
Keeping water out of the boat by rebedding topside hardware was the key for me.

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Postby EZFEED » Fri Oct 04, 2013 3:48 pm

Im thinking about using calcium chloride to dry mine out.

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