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Old 05 March 2010, 06:08   #1
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deck holes in SR 5.4

Hello,

Could you please explain to me for what my SR has the front holes (look at the picture)?
What I should do with them? Leave as it is or remove material and open them?

Also, I would like to paint the deck (inside and outside). What kind of paint should I use?

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Old 05 March 2010, 06:13   #2
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The holes are vents for the flooding hull, at the stern you'll have had a big hole that lets water in at rest to increase stability.
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It increases stability at rest and low speed, at high speed the holes are out of the water so they have no effect.

whether to block them up or not is up to you but if I had the boat for diving or fishing I'd leave them open, if I was using it for cruising then close them up

i wouldn't paint the outside of a hull if I could help it, but if you must use Antifoul. 2 pack deck paint will be fine for the inside
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What he says

Seriously the RIBs were designed with holes to flood and my personal opinion is that you should leave be as that was the design perfected over many decades.

And of course it sounds pretty cool to say you have a RIB that floods - anyone fancy a trip out
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Old 06 March 2010, 11:12   #5
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Seriously the RIBs were designed with holes to flood and my personal opinion is that you should leave be as that was the design perfected over many decades.
Were they?

Avon used to offer the option of a sealed hull on Seariders. Not sure whether this is still the case.
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Thats interesting DHD - I did a lot of research on Avon before committing and one of the things I did was to ring Avon and ask about the holes in the hull and the benefit of blocking them up - my words above are quite literally what I was told by them - seems like you can't even trust the maker

TQ for clarifying

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I suppose it depends on who you speak to at Avon.
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I guess so and I'm sure that's always the excuse for differing information
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deck holes in sr 5.4

I recently purchased a 5.4 and must admit it took a little getting used to, the fact the thing had holes in it, I am going to use mine for tubing,boarding and skiing and as i have not had a chance to try it out yet I'm not sure weather to block them or not, I'm thinking as long as I have enough power to get it out of the hole then I will leave it as it is. In a nutshell what I'm trying to say is it all depends on what your using it for If its not broke leave it
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If you decide to seal it off, 25mm end plugs for round tube work well in sealing up the holes in the bow.
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