East Meadow, NY
Boat Name: Doo Dad
Hull No. 12418
Hailing Port: Bayshore, NY
07/01/2004 6:02 AM Pacific Time
Does anyone have a solution to prevent water from entering the forward clamshell vent when listing heavily on a starboard tack? I ended up bailing about 5 gallons from the bilge area after sailing in some heavy winds this past weekend.
Boat Name: Zephyr
Model/Year: 1976 C22
Hull No. 5609
Hailing Port: Alexandria, Minnesota
07/02/2004 5:07 AM Pacific Time
At dock, I jam a rag into both the forward and aft clamshell vents to keep insects and birds out. Seems to me something like that could work for your situation as well.
Boat Name: Twilight Zone
Hull No. 15546
Hailing Port: Melbourne, FL
07/02/2004 6:09 AM Pacific Time
A few strips of duct tape applied before you go sailing and removed immediately afterward.
Port Townsend, WA
Boat Name: N/A
Hailing Port: Port Townsend, WA
06/19/2006 9:02 PM Pacific Time
I had this problem so I took the forward vent off and turned it around and have no problem with water now.
The compartment is still fully vented. I also have a Nicro scoo vent on the bow so there is plenty of air circulating through the boat.
Boat Name: Goblin/JuJu
Hull No. 10369/1222
Hailing Port: Jacksonville Florida
06/20/2006 3:28 AM Pacific Time
Try stuffing a large sponge in the vent. More better is to depower so you are not heeled so much, it is way slow.
Boat Name: Festina Lente
Model/Year: Catalina 22
Hull No. 2132
07/07/2009 9:02 AM Pacific Time
I finally found a decent solution for this - the lids of the small cans of Blue Diamond almonds are almost an exact fit for the interior openings of the clamshell vents, and work great.
Santa Clara, CA
Boat Name: Dumbo
Model/Year: 1975 C-22
Hull No. 4330
Hailing Port: Santa Clara
07/07/2009 10:20 AM Pacific Time
I agree with Glenn. It may seem like fun to 'wash the windows' but it's actually pretty slow sailing. You're likely going faster sideways than forward.
07/08/2009 7:41 AM Pacific Time
Before we learned to sail her upright we used a sponge. Always wanted to have the ability to air out quickly as the gas can was in that locker, and when we heeled we had drips out the top vent.
Nevada City, CA
Boat Name: SAILYNN
Model/Year: SWING 1984
Hull No. 11994
Hailing Port: SCOTTS FLAT LAKE, CA
07/11/2009 8:06 PM Pacific Time
Covering the forward facing or any vent is defeating the purpose of the vent(s) while sailing. It's while you're moving that the air circulation works best and you have the most chance of leaking fuel causing gas fumes which sink to your bilge. And what if you forget to remove the tape, sponge or lid? If you MUST sail the boat with that much heel, you have too much sail up and should reef. Sailing that heeled is stressing the boat, standing rigging and running rigging and is UNSAFE and a disaster waiting to happen if you don't reef. Just my humble opinion from 25 years of sailing a C22, and being a ASA and US Sailing Keelboat Instructor.
Boat Name: Blue Dog
Hull No. ?
Hailing Port: Fairhope, Al
07/24/2009 3:36 AM Pacific Time
Remove both vents and fiberglass over. This requires keeping the gas tank in the cockpit....where it should be anyway for safety. Keeps the gas fumes out of the interior of the boat.