Originally Posted by SPR
Yes - SR4 with 25HP Four Stroke on back was interesting, crew had to go to front to get it on plane...
I was once told by Zodiac - that if you kept you boat on a mooring to leave self bailers open, the theory that the water preasure would will equalise....i tried that, but ended up fitting auto pump! Was fed up with wet feet.
I would agree with the above and with what polwart said before re neglect. It does not look to me like the boat is being neglected. He has trimmed the engine right up out of the water thus preventing it getting flooded.
My rib has an extremely low transom and doesnt take much for it to fill up. I also keep in on a pontoon in the summer so when there is particulalry bad weather forecast, we droppe the self bailers and let it "sink". Its going end up sunk overnight anyway and by sinkking it first it stops it getting tossed around as much.
As someone said earlier, the guy is lucky its a rib and I'm guessing probably has his electrics/fuel set up so it can sink. I sunk my rib this summer whilts switching fuel tanks. I took a couple of waves over the stern and that was me done for. I hadnt trimmed the engine up first so it got flooded but since its a rib, i didnt have to take a swim. Fortunately, I was out with 3 other ribs so they towed me in.
Dont be too quick to jump to conclusions about peoples boats, you dont know their circumstances or how the boat is set up. It really doesnt take long for them to sink and once they are full of water, they are full of water, nothing else can happen!