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Old 04 January 2016, 03:26   #1
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Zodiac Classic 4.2 wont drain completely

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I have noticed that my Zodiac Classic 4.2 will not drain completely after I wash it down. I raise the bow so the entire boat is at a 45 degree angle but I can always hear some water sloshing around.

This is a little concerning as the previous owner had the transom replaced (rot perhaps?) and one of the front ply floor sections had a small amount of rot on it that I cut out and sealed.

My temporary solution is to leave the boat horizontal hoping that the remaining water is in contact with the boat rather than either the transom or front bow section but would sleep a lot easier at night if I could figure out how to solve this.

Appreciate any suggestions / advice. I have considered drilling a small hole in the rear plywood floor panel (that can be covered by the fuel tank) that I can insert a little bilge pump to suck out any remaining water.

Appreciate any advice!
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Old 04 January 2016, 03:52   #2
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I have considered drilling a small hole in the rear plywood floor panel (that can be covered by the fuel tank) that I can insert a little bilge pump to suck out any remaining water.

Appreciate any advice!

Hi there..
Mine is no Zodiac..but your suggestion certainly works for my boat.

The manufacturer put the hole in the floor when they make the SIB ..I just made it a little larger and added the hand pump. You definitely want to keep a wooden floor dry if you can.

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Old 04 January 2016, 04:02   #3
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Perhaps easier said than done with a larger heavier SIB but with every different make I've owned they would never drain completely unless turned upside down and left for a while.

The alternative is to take out a floor section and dry with a sponge.

Or do as Gurnard says.
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Old 04 January 2016, 05:58   #4
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i use a wet vaccume cleaner and suck out when not in use

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Old 04 January 2016, 07:41   #5
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On SIBs, the drains are usually a little higher than the floor bottom, so some water typically does sit inside the boat.

You can contact Peter_C on here...he had an ingenious way to add a Whale low-profile bilge pump below the floor? If you search his posts, you can probably find it.
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