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Old 12 May 2006, 09:27   #1
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Hoi, anyone knows what the meaning is of the 3 fingers wide hole in the transom? It is open so when I'm on the water, there is water running in at the back. What is the purpose of this?
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Old 12 May 2006, 12:07   #2
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Hi Barfly,

Mine doesn't have one. Are you sure Valiant put it there?

Mine's got just two drain holes with plugs, one for a deck sump, the other for the hull void.

(BTW did you ever get that reply I sent to your pm?)

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If its round in shape it will be a drain hole for water that may get into the boat .There is posible the trunk missing on the outside .I myself think you will need to do some training and get to know more about your boat before you consider going on the water or maybe you have that allready organised Regards Peter
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Just realised, if it's circular like No Fear says, it's almost certainly the drain from the deck sump ( when you said 3 fingers wide I imagined a rectangular hole). If so, you need to get a plug for it. Mine looks like a giant version of a hotwaterbottle stopper, without the threads, and with a hinge so the thumbgrip part can fold down neatly.

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This sounds like a hole for an elephant trunk type drain. Make sure water is not getting in contact with the core (wood) of the transom. It would help if you could post a pic. Your options are either install a plug or elephant trunk drain.
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If it's the standard Valiant hole I'm thinking of, it's less than 2 inches in diameter. Don't elephant trunks need to be bigger than that?

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Also, it's dead centre of the transom, so the elephant's trunk is going to foul the engine.
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Are there any holes in the front of the hull.

With Avon seariders for example, when stationary water fills part of the hull cavity through holes at the front and rear to give the boat weight and hence stability when stationary. On takeoff, the water flows out of the hull cavity through the hole at the back to become light again. This may be the answer .... then again if its only 3 fingers wide ... probably not

Sounds like a hole missing a self drain valve, or large plug. Still very small hole to let out water.
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Hoi, anyone knows what the meaning is of the 3 fingers wide hole in the transom? It is open so when I'm on the water, there is water running in at the back. What is the purpose of this?
Is it ready to have an 'elephants trunk' fitted?
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Thanks guys for all your information.. I will soon take a picture of that "hole"..
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