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Old 26 November 2013, 14:06   #1
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Any Ideas??

After having some issues with the Ali floor on my SIB I have replaced a section of the floor where it meets the transom.

The existing piece of floor that met the transom had the corners cut which meant that the side rails didn't run the full length of the SIB.

I've now replaced this section of floor for a section without the corners cut out and as a result have now fitted longer side rails which run the full length of the SIB.

I don't think I've explained this very well so hopefully the pictures will help you understand.

I'm just intrigued to know why the factory that make the SIB decide to cut the corners of this floor panel.

The first picture is of the floor panel that is broken and the one that meets the transom.
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Old 26 November 2013, 14:22   #2
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hi used to have a honwave sid t40 alloy floor, don't remember my last section having the corners cut off ? was it like that from new,maybe it's to stop floor digging into tubes at sides, yes i did have to replace a floor section and 2 x stringers as they split due to flexing.
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Old 26 November 2013, 14:38   #3
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Yes it was like it from new.

The best the manufacturer can suggest is its either to allow water to drain under the floor or to make it easier to put the floor in.
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Old 27 November 2013, 05:43   #4
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Yes it was like it from new.

The best the manufacturer can suggest is its either to allow water to drain under the floor or to make it easier to put the floor in.
Agree, they are a must to drain water, I do use them for that. (Honwave T40)
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Old 27 November 2013, 13:33   #5
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The purpose of being edge cut and having a rubber stopper at each end is to avoid puncturing lower side tubes against a straight edge if it were the case, specially when sib is under inflated and floor tends to rock sideways while boating. Rear alum slat usually has a round middle cut for water to exit through water drain.

If rear transom slat loses its side rubber grommmet and sib is continued to be used that way, be aware that lower tubes could end having a severe tube abrassion. Replace rubber grommets and glue them well onto slat's side cuts.

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