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Old 05 July 2014, 06:22   #1
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Is this a problem

Just about to have a clean in the bow under the Sunpad and I find a circular hole with no bung.

In it is what look like sponge that is wet and will have been for some time as water will easily get in.

So is this a feature 😄 and all is well or what?

The boat is custom made and aluminium so I'm not concerned about rot but I am concerned about how much weight I'm lugging about. Any ideas? Click image for larger version

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Old 05 July 2014, 07:28   #2
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Sponge or expanded foam?

It a most has an anchor locker look...
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Expanded foam now I've got more out. Ally floor is solid underneath
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So I'm confused... Has someone used expanding foam to plug the hole or is the foam there for buoyancy.

Where does the hole go to?
By the sounds of it its not closed cell foam...
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It doesn't go anywhere. There is a cleat on front of it. I'm thinking now the hole may have been made so a socket could reach the cleat,( no idea how cos my hand is too big to fit) and then someone decided to fill the void?

Weird. The void must drain though or it would be full of water and it's not the foam is damp but only let's water out if you squeeze it. I'm staring to think it's just a feature 😄 and no big deal
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Is that foam rigid, or does it have the feel of whatever is in your sunpad cushion?

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Or was it used for some form of basic mast? For dinghy racing start line maybe... So just slotted into hole....
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Foam crumbles if you squash it. It will break into chunks but any real pressure and it's small pieces.


Guess you could put a mast there the hole has deffo been cut for a purpose. Wish they had left a sticker under it stating the purpose lol
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don't think it would be a mast, that far forward in a boat would make it pig to steer, and unless you only wanted to go downwind, you would need a center board or keel.

Possibly for tow post?
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