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Old 07 June 2012, 09:58   #11
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I'm gonna go check the rings out now. I read a suggestion on a separate thread that suggested to attach the pump to the outer plug hole making a good seal w tape or plastic fitting. Then slowly inflate the inside. Then use the soapy water technique to look for bubbles. Anyone tried this?
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Old 07 June 2012, 10:10   #12
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I'm gonna go check the rings out now. I read a suggestion on a separate thread that suggested to attach the pump to the outer plug hole making a good seal w tape or plastic fitting. Then slowly inflate the inside. Then use the soapy water technique to look for bubbles. Anyone tried this?
Never tried it but heard it will work. I underestimated the amount of water that can come through a loose fitting like those rings ( I assume one each side on your boat ) after an hour on the water in a recent boat the loose D ring in the bow meant I had an inch of water in the back of the boat .

Of course it shouldn't be a problem if it is this on yours as they wont have water over them when in use - unless you fill the boat with water !

Has it leaked into the void when you have put it on the water ?
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Old 07 June 2012, 10:22   #13
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I haven't gotten in the water yet. I wasn't even planing on buying a boat. But this deal was too good to pass up. $100 for the boat, trailer and motor. I had to order the hypalon fabric, glue, and tube sealant from a river rafting place. (Much cheaper than a boat place). I thought it was all ready to go then I read about the bathtub test. Now I just have to fix this leak and I'm ready to conquer the gulf!!! Thanks for taking the time to respond and help a new ribber!
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Old 07 June 2012, 10:35   #14
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Wow $100 !! - that sort of set up would cost more like $1800 over here !

I'd not worry too much about the water in the hull void - its not really an issue as long as it doesn't fill quickly when on the water.

I think most RIBS if you stick a foot of water on the deck would end up with some finding its way in - after all thats why there is the ability to drain it.
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Some water always gets in, the bilge bungs let some in, rain water gets in also, I wouldnt worry about it if its not much. Have a look at how much water comes out of boats when they are lifted out the water and the bilge plug comes out next time you in a marina, it may shock you.
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Thanks for all the feedback! Y'all are great!!!
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