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Old 08 October 2006, 13:31   #1
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Keep your trunks up!!

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Do you guys use regular cam cleats and small dia rope to keep your elephant trunks clear of the water when not in use? Are there any other methods used?

Any info would be helpful.

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Old 08 October 2006, 14:25   #2
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Do you guys use regular cam cleats and small dia rope to keep your elephant trunks clear of the water when not in use?
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Old 08 October 2006, 14:59   #3
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Best method I have seen (usually employed on 4m seariders used as safety/coach boats) is to run the line through a couple of turning blocks, either to a cam cleat on the side of the console, or on the floor just by the driver, so that you can release and tighten the trunks from the driving position.
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Old 08 October 2006, 15:37   #4
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I use a bungie rope, then on both ends use a springs climbers clip, fasten to the trunk, and just hook on to the a frame, or to any cleats available.

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I tie mine up round the a frame. I've duck taped an 8'' section of 1.5 '' diameter plastic tube to the bottom of my a frame, which I use as a fishing rod holder. I loop the cord for the drain trunk to keep the thing high & clear. It's a pine in the arse for dropping loose from the cleat and despite fuixing it tight into the cleat, it seems with the pounding from running in a swell makes it come loose. - I always fel as though this makes the prop cavitate a bit too when it's not draining water.....
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I hold up my trunks using a bungie cord, plastic ball and stainless eye bolt. I cut a channel through the eye bolt to allow the bungie cord to pass into the centre of the eye. it seems to work well.
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Does anybody use a simple bung in the trunk hole?
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Does anybody use a simple bung in the trunk hole?
No but as I never use my trunk I have thought about it...

I rarely take any water in and when I do the bilge pump clears it quickly so I just don't bother with the trunk. Depends on what sort of ribbing you do I suppose, personally the sea here is a bit cold to talk to on a regular basis!
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Do you guys use regular cam cleats and small dia rope to keep your elephant trunks clear of the water when not in use?
I do that.
Saw a guy on the slip last summer and was amazed at how much water was pouring out of his elephant trunk, it just didnt seem to stop the whole time I was sorting my trailer, lighting board etc out, the point is there was a shocking amount of water on that rib and I wondered what on earth he'd been doing. Anyway saw him launching the next day, with his trunk down , he didnt fix it up at all
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Probably likes that glued in, hunched down feeling you only get with displacement.

We use cam cleat, remote operation sounds nice but deck gets too crowded.
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