Bombard Explorer 485 locker drains+intro
Hi all, new to the RIB game. Experienced Canuk boater from British Columbia's west coast. I picked up a Bombard 485 Explorer a few months ago and am breaking the wife in slowly. 50hp Yammy 4 stroke.
One thing that seems (to me) to be glaringly wrong is locker drain system. I did a search and found a few items regarding lockers and draining, but not for this boat in particular.
I am not sure if someone drilled the drain holes in the lockers, or some engineer thought it might be a great idea to compromise the sealed compartments. Am I missing something? I didnít get the manual with it, so I canít tell whatís the norm and the website sucks for support.
I had had the boat out dry and she goes quite nicely. It sat in the rain the next week and I ran again the next weekend. I didnít get the nose high enough during transport or launch to drain her and the added weight made the thing run like a slug.
Yes, there was some water in the rear well, but obvioulsy, there can be lot sitting inside the hull if one's not carefull. Got home and dumped a whack of water out; duh. As it stands now, I am going to find a bunch of plugs and seal things back up. I would rather sponge the lockers out after each trip.
Comments? Any ideas from you learned hull type guys would be appreciated.