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Old 11 January 2011, 14:48   #11
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I was told by Zodiac that my self drainers were designed to be left open if on a mooring although they leak very badly!

Idea was the water equalises and boat will never fill up fully....after a week of going to water logged boat, i fitted auto-bilge pump and leave bungs in, unless going out in large seas...

So worse a failed trunk is a water covered boat...but should not reach the battery height....

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Old 12 January 2011, 12:03   #12
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I was told by Zodiac that my self drainers were designed to be left open if on a mooring although they leak very badly!

Idea was the water equalises and boat will never fill up fully....after a week of going to water logged boat, i fitted auto-bilge pump and leave bungs in, unless going out in large seas...

So worse a failed trunk is a water covered boat...but should not reach the battery height....

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Did Zodiac (France) themselves tell you that or did your Zodiac dealer tell you that? If your local Zodiac dealer is as knowledgeable as my local dealer then I'd recheck any advice they provide through other sources That does seem like very strange advice. Those little rubber flapper diaphragms that zodiac uses for their valves will allow some water to slowly leak back into the boat when the boat is not moving. Definitely put the plugs in when moored.
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Old 12 January 2011, 12:25   #13
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it was both the dealer and zodiac UK...I leave bung in on mooring and use auto pump now...I liked dry feet at least at start if day!

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Old 12 January 2011, 16:43   #14
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Hi Delta, i have installed duck bill drainer in my avon these appear to work pretty good and have an option for plugging them when required, although they are just pulled through the existing hole so if it sits below the water line and sits for some time they may well pass water.

see my thread: duckbill drainers

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Thanks Jonny -- that might be the easiest solution.

Cheers,

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Hi Delta, i have installed duck bill drainer in my avon these appear to work pretty good and have an option for plugging them when required, although they are just pulled through the existing hole so if it sits below the water line and sits for some time they may well pass water.

see my thread: duckbill drainers

cheers Jonny
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