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Old 16 February 2011, 14:00   #1
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Taking water?

Hi all ,may be floating my Sib for the first time ,well for me it its, an old one as some people might remember,fixed most punctures, there are a few small slow ones that take a few days to show.MY MAIN QUESTION IS,,,,,think there may be a few very small holes on the deck,would it fill up fast?would i still float? thinking on the later that i proberly would,and is a foot type pump the way to go bailing water out,like a bilge pump?,but that would probely
hard to fit on an inflatable,handle type? and with the alloy deck WOULD I DRILL A HOLE THROUGH THE DECK TO FIT THE TUBE IN?WOULD I HAVE ENOUGH SUCTION ,DECK PINCHING ON THE HYPALON FLOOR? as i pump out.I know lots of questions,hope i can get help Regards,SHANE
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Do you really want to pump water out of an inflatable?

A coupla thoughts...

1. We used to dive out of one, I don't recall bailing it - I reckon there was a transom drain with a tethered bung and there are some clever drains available now. Of course, it would have to plane...

2. It won't sink if it fills. I recall returning to shore on an inflatable with the fuel can being held up to stop it floating away - water up to the transom...

3. Fix the leaks! Set her up and pour some water in - see where it runs out from.
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'bout ye cuz'!

Do you really want to pump water out of an inflatable?

A coupla thoughts...

1. We used to dive out of one, I don't recall bailing it - I reckon there was a transom drain with a tethered bung and there are some clever drains available now. Of course, it would have to plane...

2. It won't sink if it fills. I recall returning to shore on an inflatable with the fuel can being held up to stop it floating away - water up to the transom...

3. Fix the leaks! Set her up and pour some water in - see where it runs out from.
Many thanks for the info,excellent,reckon with the self bailers down she should empty as well?
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Many thanks for the info,excellent,reckon with the self bailers down she should empty as well?
Oh, if she has them and she planes, of course she'll empty. If you ship more water than she'll plane with, then you'll need to hand bail a bit first, an anchor bucket works well. If your anchor bucket has drain holes in, glue a flap of lino/whatever into the base (hinged) so it works as a bailer too.
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Oh, if she has them and she planes, of course she'll empty. If you ship more water than she'll plane with, then you'll need to hand bail a bit first, an anchor bucket works well. If your anchor bucket has drain holes in, glue a flap of lino/whatever into the base (hinged) so it works as a bailer too.
Excellent idea,will go for that.
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My transom seams really started to leak while fishing in a remote location. I guess they didn't like trailing down dirt roads. The fishing was awesome so we didn't notice until water was sloshing around our feet as we drifted. I unfastened my battery box and plunked it on the bench to keep it from being submerged. The boat may float, but watch your gas tank vent and battery connections if you start to take on water! Bailing and having to paddle home across The Bar would have been a bad thing.

Dang Willk, I cut the drain holes in my anchor bucket on the side! I am definitely going to replace that with the bottom hole and flap version. That is a solid suggestion. My current small bailer is a lot of work for little reward. Thank you for the tip.
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My transom seams really started to leak while fishing in a remote location. I guess they didn't like trailing down dirt roads. The fishing was awesome so we didn't notice until water was sloshing around our feet as we drifted. I unfastened my battery box and plunked it on the bench to keep it from being submerged. The boat may float, but watch your gas tank vent and battery connections if you start to take on water! Bailing and having to paddle home across The Bar would have been a bad thing.

Dang Willk, I cut the drain holes in my anchor bucket on the side! I am definitely going to replace that with the bottom hole and flap version. That is a solid suggestion. My current small bailer is a lot of work for little reward. Thank you for the tip.
Good point there on the battery set up and petrol tank,defo don t wanna blow my GPS and fish finder,bugger the batts and have water in my petrol tank ,many thanks another thing to think about.
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Yes mate i have,im gonna fit the cleats and rope to them this wk end, im just a little paranoid with getting on an old sib,my small one was brand new,altho this one is built to life boat standards she is well old,and has had a fair few punctures,still trying to find the slow ones,stays up a good few days,and i will find them,just gonna take me a little time to trust her,best way to be i suppose so it will be in very shallow water to start with,very excited tho,forgot to say ,SHE IS AT THE VARNE BOAT CLUB,IM A MEMEMBER.AND SHE IS STORED IN THE YARD ,SO PLENTY OF ROOM TO REALLY WORK ON HER.
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Yes mate i have,im gonna fit the cleats and rope to them this wk end, im just a little paranoid with getting on an old sib,my small one was brand new,altho this one is built to life boat standards she is well old,and has had a fair few punctures,still frying to fond the slow ones,stays up a good few days,and i will find them,just gonna take me a little time to trust her,best way to be i suppose so it will be in very shallow water to start with,very excited tho,forgot to say ,SHE IS AT THE VARNE BOAT CLUB,IM A MEMBER.AND SHE IS STORED IN THE YARD ,SO PLENTY OF ROOM TO REALLY WORK ON HER.
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