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Old 29 July 2009, 18:05   #21
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searider hull

I agree its really down to how you use your boat the most? I've tried mine open & closed and there's a BIG difference, especially if you're used to it blocked off. Basically if most of its 'playtime' with lots of stop starts and say pulling a donut etc. Leave it closed because the effort & delay in getting on the plane till it drains will definately get on your hooters! They become super stable as stated when stationary with the hull 'open' but unless you sit round in the boat for longer periods of time ie fishing, i'd say leave it closed? regards Alan
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Old 30 July 2009, 07:13   #22
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avon kit rubbish

As searider stated, the avon kits for blocking it up are awful. The one at the back especially. Fine if using for the day, ie launching in and out, but we had ours on the mooring and with in a week, hull was flooded, permanent. Arse to sort out when on the water!!!

Ended up glassing it and putting a screw bung in for end of season.

Front plugs worked ok though, they were like a bottle stop with a quick release lever as found on bicycle wheels.
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Old 13 August 2009, 13:33   #23
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Block it! Better handling! Ive decided that! even though u have block'd it off already! Just thought I would say something
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Old 17 August 2009, 09:00   #24
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Searider advice please- bilge pump well?

I have read with interest every thread on blocking/leaving open the hull on my 5.4 searider with a Mariner 90hp 2 stroke and for my use I will stay with the blocked off theory.
However, has anyone considered cutting into the deck to make a bilge pump well? The reason I ask is that most new boats seem to have them. My hull does get some water into it after a day on the water - not a lot but enough for me to consider a well with a drain from the inner hull into the well that I could open as required.
Any thoughts would be appreciated.
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Old 17 August 2009, 09:06   #25
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I have read with interest every thread on blocking/leaving open the hull on my 5.4 searider with a Mariner 90hp 2 stroke and for my use I will stay with the blocked off theory.
However, has anyone considered cutting into the deck to make a bilge pump well? The reason I ask is that most new boats seem to have them. My hull does get some water into it after a day on the water - not a lot but enough for me to consider a well with a drain from the inner hull into the well that I could open as required.
Any thoughts would be appreciated.
there appears to be some sort of well under the deck anyway at the stern on mine, its right at the back and central. if you put your arm up the bum hole and feel around there is a box about a foot of so by 4 inches deep. i dont know what the hell it is (volume reducer perhaps?) but i am sure that i have seen one (think it was chewys project) that had this opened up into a well for a bilge pump.
anyone know what it is for??
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Old 17 August 2009, 09:32   #26
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Ahh haaa!!!!

I asked Avon....its a volume reducer to keep all the weight of ballast midships as you get on the plane.
they said with the flooding hull blocked you could conceviably open it up into the deck to make a bilge pump well.
its full of foam aparently.
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I asked Avon....its a volume reducer to keep all the weight of ballast midships as you get on the plane.
they said with the flooding hull blocked you could conceviably open it up into the deck to make a bilge pump well.
its full of foam aparently.

That's interesting to know!
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Wish i had known that. Surely it is worth doing. With the low transom when fishing in a chop or with skiers getting in and out, the deck was always awash. A well at the back would have been invaluable for stopping bags/clothes etc getting wet with petrol mixed seawater before opening the trunk up!!!

That may be a problem though. The trunks are to the side and above any well/water line created. so unless you have a bilge pump in there/ move the elephant trunk location (difficult) you will just have a constantly full well??!!!
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Old 17 August 2009, 17:56   #29
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Mines been left open and it handled fine.
Took about 10 seconds to drain the hull then it show off like a very scolded cat.
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there appears to be some sort of well under the deck anyway at the stern on mine, its right at the back and central. if you put your arm up the bum hole and feel around there is a box about a foot of so by 4 inches deep. i dont know what the hell it is (volume reducer perhaps?) but i am sure that i have seen one (think it was chewys project) that had this opened up into a well for a bilge pump.
anyone know what it is for??
this box is a sealed box to provide some floatation other than the tubes. there is also one at the bow.

and yep if you cut into the rear deck to make a well will result in you hacking into this box.
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