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Old 10 May 2014, 05:05   #1
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Keel drain alert

I have been debating for a while now about fitting a keel drain to our rib. I didn't want to disturb the transom especially below the water line.

I did post a thread a while ago about it as I couldn't believe that the anchor locker had a drain but I could find where this water would go to if it got in.

Well I have now found out, I purchased a stainless steel drain plug fitting and have now drilled the 32mm hole. I then watched as the dirty water that is probably 12 years old drained out.

The new redbays and many new boats now have either a drain in the keel or a drain in the transom well so for those folks don't worry, if you have a similar set up there is a chance that you too will have water in the hull.

Letting it drain out and dry out today and will then fit the drain plug tomorrow.

Feel better now as it is worth the peace of mind
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Old 10 May 2014, 05:15   #2
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Don't think the video will load

I have received a message to say that the video may not load.

I have added a still photograph aswell

This was just the beginning as the centre of the drill penetrated through.
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Old 10 May 2014, 05:49   #3
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The vid's working here.

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Old 10 May 2014, 05:54   #4
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Yes and was putrid

Water helped to keep the drill cool though, I then ran a hose from the anchor locker through to the back to wash it clear and hey presto it came clear.

Hands stunk for a while holding the drill.
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Just think how much quicker your boat will be without that liquid ballast
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Old 10 May 2014, 07:51   #6
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Saw another new RIB the other day without any way to drain water out, the hull was flooded above deck so no idea what was getting below
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What make of rib is this?



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Old 10 May 2014, 17:10   #8
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It is an early 2002 redbay stormforce 6.1

Brilliant hull, very happy with boat and there was only a small amount of water, probably from wet ropes being put back into the locker, we've only had the boat 12 months so still upgrading it.

I don't believe there are any issues and alls good now
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Keel drain alert

I'd comment on this but Willk refrained elsewhere.....


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I have a BWM 575 DIVE RIB that is fitted with what I can only describe as a flap type valve that closes when the boat is not underway and is held in place by water pressure outside the boat stopping water coming into the inner hull space. It consists of a piece of vinyl or Hypalon with a neoprene circle on the inner face and a GRP disc on the other side. Unfortunately it leaks and if the boat is left in the water, it tends to fill up over time. Does anybody know if these can be purchased new from anywhere or do I need to look at attempting home repair?
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