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Old 12 March 2010, 15:39   #1
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drain sock or elephants trunk

Are there any ribs out there in use that do NOT have a drain sock or elephants trunk.

Or is this a must have item even though one may or will have a bilge pump.
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I'd consider them a must.

You'd need a huge bilge pump to clear water on deck as fast.

But they must have a way to drop them quickly and easily.

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Old 12 March 2010, 15:46   #3
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I'd consider them a must.

You'd need a huge bilge pump to clear water on deck as fast.

But they must have a way to drop them quickly and easily.

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just been looking at these

http://www.rib-shop.com/prodtype.asp...ageHistory=cat

thinking 68mm ????
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I dont - but do have 2 very similar to the 68mm ones. With bung in most of the time as they leak water in if not moving.

If I ever get so much water in the boat to need more (and the 2 bilge pumps) I shouldn't be out & deserve to sink ..........
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They look good to me, and appear good value.

Although they are very simple to make by laying up glassfibre around a drainpipe(inside for a neater outside finish) and gluing up a tube out of a rectangle of hypalon.



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I've got two 68mm, if I was to fit my boat out again I'd get the 110mm, just personal preference.
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i have no trunks out the back of my boat and it's unrestricted cat3 coded
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the flatacraft force 4 didnt but thats quite old i think most do now
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My mates Narwahl doesn't it has a flap on some bungee cord that in theory lets water out not in.
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the flatacraft force 4 didnt but thats quite old i think most do now
The Force 4 had various forms of one way valve instead, the best of which was a simple neoprene and aluminium flap over the hole.

The later ball valve design only needed a small piece of seaweed or gravel off the beach to breath on it before it started leaking.

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