Originally Posted by Turbodiesel
What about your starter motor? has it been water proofed? I know that when the are hot they will draw water in because they cool down very quickly. Once there full of water i would be very suprised if it will turn over. Have you actually turned one over and tried to restart it in salt water? Im just interested how well it will work. Also if you have turned the boat over it's going to be pretty ruff sea, I wonder how easy it would be to take off the cowlings take the plugs out and do all that you have to do with no engine power to keep the boat from going over again. I was thinking of having a self righting bag but im not sure that it worth the money unless the engines can be started again.
I have never tried it with the ficht engines but I have sealed the starter and as much of the elecrics as I can but as you know water gets in every where.
I have capsized the inshore lifeboat (d-class) which we do as part of the training with a boat specifically for capizing. The 2 stroke 50hp engines start no problems after running through the capsize procedure and it is tricky to get the cowling of plugs out and go through the long rigmerole in rough weather but is possible (especially if you are a lifeboat crew member and would die of embarrasment to have to call the boys out).
To help prevent the boat going over again we would lay a sea anchor or drogue to keep us head to sea (and cross our fingers).
Even if we could not start the engines again I would consider a boat the right way up is better than the crew clinging to an upturned boat. Also we carry a liferaft for coding I would imagine it to be impossible to get the raft out with boat upside down.
I personally think it is worth carrying just for those few points.
We are currenty building are second arrtic 22 and we are going to put a self righting bag on it.
If you want a price on a bag give eurocraft in preston a ring.