Water in battery compartment
Has anyone made modifications to the floor battery compartment on a Snug Harbor so that water entering the compartment (every time the floor is washed out) can drain into the bilge and be pumped out. As a boat builder, I know the USCG regulations about batteries being contained so that an acid spill would also be contained but having to manually pump out the water after every wash down is a very poor design by Duffy.
Hmmmm. I just assumed it did run down into the bilge.
A call to Duffy confirmed that there is no drain in that compartment because of USCG regulations. However, I’ve met with the USCG concerning my builds and a plastic tray with 1/2” tall sides will adequately contain an acid spill, i.e., is legal for a builder to do.
I never could get a straight answer to my question however. And that is, “if I drill a hole thru the floor of that compartment, will it drain into the bilge so that it can be pumped out?” Hmm.... Still trying to figure that out. There could be a bulkhead in the way. I’ll have an opportunity tomorrow to look at it and hopefully be able to determine if it’s possible.
If anyone has some insight into this, please advise.
Maybe put in a drain with a seacock, so if you did have an acid leak it could be contained, but for normal cleaning you could get dirty water to the bilge.
Nary a drop is lost with that single point watering system, but I guess a catastrophic failure would be trouble.