Originally Posted by Clipper
just had a couple of questions.
*1 firstly, does anyone get a heap of sand in the bottom of their sib? right under the floor and under the rails i seem to be collecting a heap of sand. i do beach launches occasionally and the sib copes a wave sometimes before i scoot out of the breakers, i assume that is where its coming from. is there a trick or technique that you guys use to avoid this? or will i have to pull the thing apart after use and get all the sand out manually each time?
*2 under the inflatable keel it doesnt seem to dry very well. i leave my sib on a trailer and hose it off at the next of the day. surely i dont have to pull it apart after every use and hold the keel up to dry.
It's normal to start collecting sand, debris, hairs, etc, with long use, nothing can be done to avoid this problem. If you have your sib without engine on transom place sib against a wall in vertical position and water flush with good water pressure, take drain plug off to sort water out, water remainings will need to be dried out using a sponge, if your transom floor has a big U cut where you can see floor fabric, the better.
Or place sib sideways against a wall and flush/rinse properly, once water starts cascading over tube, turn over to evacuate most sand collected on lateral tube joiner, flush again in upside position if still needed. No problem to have tap water mositure under floors, will dry alone.
How is your sib/engine configuration performing ?