Originally Posted by Scarlet-Jester
First day out on Sunday. Went down to Poole harbor and conditions were ideal for a first run. Filled her up with the entire family, chilly bin for lunch and the obligatory buckets and spades. Went well overall but she would not get onto the plane and when you gave her some throttle the floor would push up at the back. I am presuming due to a lack of pressure in the floor. The standard foot pump seems completely inadequate as after over an hours pumping did not seem to make anything harder. On emptying out the water before getting her on the trailer I found a small line of bubbles coming out of the floor right on the middle of the seam between the two sections – seems to be the thinnest part. I think she has been run like this for a while as one of the floor straps has torn off the hull completely and the other (both at the rear) is coming off as well - signs of a very poor repair being undertaken. Motor went very well although not able to open it right up but didn’t miss a beat.
She seemed to take on quite a bit of water and on close inspection there is signs of silicone at the back where the transom meets the floor and hull but only on the port side. The elbow/circular (?) patch on the outside of the transom has defiantly come away and will be letting water in. A few repairs to make!
1. How would you repair the original seams? Would you remove the offending section/piece/patch and re-glue? Or put more on over the top?
2. I presume detecting leaks is a matter of using soapy water and looking for bubbles?
3. Would I use the same glue for re-attaching the floor toggle as I would for patching?
4. What solvent do I use to remove old glue?
5. Should I expect any ‘bending’ of the tube areas around the transom under throttle, or is this a lack of pressure as well?
6. I presume to detect water leaks you put water in the boat and look to see where it comes out?
Thanks in advance!
Go for the electric high pressure Bravo Pump mate - it will inflate you Aerotec right up to what you need. It really pushes that air in (in a way that you would never do yourself with a manual pump) and turns the boat absolutely rigid. To be honest, I sh*t myself every time I use the Bravo pump, as I'm always convinced it is going to explode my boat. I usually end up taking cover whilst the last bit of air goes in, just in case - but then the pump cuts off when it reaches the required pressure, and I emerge to find a rock hard, deep-v hulled boat that is almost as solid as a RIB.
I've just upgraded my engine to a 25hp 2 stroke, and put a cross bar steering kit and remotes on it, so now it really is just like a RIB.
In terms of weight ratios, pound for pound I think that this set up is probably difficult to beat (bit more tweaking, to stop the water from gushing in over the transom, when I'm going at max chat, and I should be fully sorted).