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Old 15 July 2015, 10:43   #1
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On my recent failed attempt of a sea trial on my prospective 7M purchase the stern of the boat filled up with water pretty quickly at launch.
This was due the trunks being in the deployed position, and water entering through those ports.
There is a grommet in the end of the trunks that some sort of cord could be attached, pulling the trunks out of the water when boat is not in forward motion.

How do you store and deploy your trunks?
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There should be a cord from the grommet at the end of the trunk, that comes up to a cleat on the inboard side of the transom above the trunk. This allows you to pull up the end of the trunk to the top of the transom & secure it.


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Kinda figured that was the way it worked, but surprised current owner has nothing connected.
Guess he is ok to just be sloshing around in water.
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Kinda figured that was the way it worked, but surprised current owner has nothing connected.
Guess he is ok to just be sloshing around in water.
You'll get a little at launching but it drains even at rest in flat water.

When mooring, make sure you are ass into the beach (I've had to face nose in at Catalina before) otherwise they fill up a bit and don't drain as well.

I have lines on mine going through the grommet to pin mine up when need be. But, Willard made them pretty short and since the exhaust creates a giant bubbling jacuzzi on the starboard side, water still gets in from the top and puddle (but only on that side). I tend to pin them up at rest and let them down when under way.
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Quite common on the smaller boats to lead the line attached over the transom to a pulley wheel at the base of the inside of transom and forward to console side where there is a jam cleat. Can deploy and close without moving weight stern which might flood hull...
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Other way is lead them up with enough slack to let them down and splice a loop around your stern cleat, just pull up excess and wrap it around cleat.
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Mine have a cord through the transom to a jam cleat just next to the hole.

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