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Old 16 January 2009, 20:34   #11
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What can I say, I'm a frilly sort of guy. I believe the frilly ends to help keep water from coming back into the trunk by helping to keep the trunk flat if water pushes back against it.

Mart from your pictures it is obvious that you have a very well built SIB !
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Old 17 January 2009, 14:56   #12
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What can I say, I'm a frilly sort of guy. I believe the frilly ends to help keep water from coming back into the trunk by helping to keep the trunk flat if water pushes back against it.

Mart from your pictures it is obvious that you have a very well built SIB !
its basicaly an avon 3.4 the RNLI beef them up themselves at the inshore lifeboat centre at cowes on the isle of wight this is where all the institutions inflatable boats are built sibs and the ribs ,the elephant drain trunks are fitted ,extra wear patches are stuck on ,the valves are recessed , the floorboard is made one piece with bottle screw tensions and the equipment bags go on, and a closed foam mattress goes to sit on , the sausage flexi fuel tank is fitted down one side, they then go back every year for a close inspection , first the boats are put on a jig to see if the tubes out of shape then if it needs any thing it gets it regardless , pic of the bow and bottle screws and when i first picked her up
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Old 24 June 2009, 05:18   #13
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converting drain plugs

I have a bombardc6 & really need to come up with a bilge system. I was hoping not to take off the motor as its a 4stroke & the bolt hole have been siliconed & painted & I need a motor hoist.
Anyway would it be possible to make the 4 drain plugs into elephant trunks or are they to low ?
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Anyway would it be possible to make the 4 drain plugs into elephant trunks or are they to low ?
i once put a small diameter trunk on to one ofthe existing drain holes on an old zodiac,just pushed out the old diaphram unit and sleeved in a stainless steel tube leaving about and inch to sleeve the trunk tube over ,only problem was it was a bit too close to the engine leg and prop ,but it still worked ,
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Slightly OT but,

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Would you know where I could get a pair of those bottle jacks? I have a 27 old Zodiac GRII with 3 alluminum floor boards and the 2 front wood floorboards, but the thrust board is no longer attached. I have no desire to go through the aggravation of trying to re-glue the thrustboard in place, and am thinking that using bottle jacks instead (with at thicker front floorboard) would work well.
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Mart,

Would you know where I could get a pair of those bottle jacks? I have a 27 old Zodiac GRII with 3 alluminum floor boards and the 2 front wood floorboards, but the thrust board is no longer attached. I have no desire to go through the aggravation of trying to re-glue the thrustboard in place, and am thinking that using bottle jacks instead (with at thicker front floorboard) would work well.
HI P/T, i re thrust boarded a zodiac with no problems, as long as the fabric flaps are still there to stick to ,.with the bottle screw system the boat is tensioned up far better than with a thrust board ,but not sure if it would work with multi boards ,but as jyasaki said they may call them something else over your side of the pond, you might have luck finding them on farm machinery or able to modify some off a large sailing boat ,best of luck ,mart
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I have 2 of these drain tubes on my achilles and they are a total pain in the ass. when i lower them they never actually drain any water until i reach over the transom and straighten them out and kind of pinch them to make them round again (instead of flat). when they are just lowered the outside water keeps them pinched flat and nothing drains. once opened they work superbly but its not as easy as it should be.

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