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Old 28 August 2007, 06:17   #11
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you can buy sunblock for the toobs.

Also be aware tha water mooring a searider has a special problemcaused by the flooding hull (which I think is good by the way) and that is the boat sits very low in the water when at rest. This makes the cutout very prone to wash coming over the transom.

You can reduce this by sticking hypalon behind the cutout and fit some sort of sloar trickle charger so the Bilge pump won't flatten the battery
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Old 28 August 2007, 13:02   #12
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Hmmmm.

Solar powered bilge pump - starts thinking!

Dangerous I know BUT..

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Old 29 August 2007, 07:29   #13
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Off topic, but I've got a solar oanel and battery for my bilge pump at the moment, works a treat!

Any one got some pics of the transom of the searider?
Where about do you get the sunblock for tubes from?

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Old 29 August 2007, 17:03   #14
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The problem with solar panels and bilge pumps is the fact that when it's raining the sun usually isn't shining. Solar panels are great in sunny weather but in the winter when you really need the bilge pump it's useless!!!
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Old 29 August 2007, 17:32   #15
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When I was at Brighton Marina recently, I saw a rib that was sitting on a contraption that kept the rib out of the water but still in its mooring - I am assuming that this kind of kit is extremely expensive but would probably mean that no antifouling required and also could have a full rib cover......
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The problem with solar panels and bilge pumps is the fact that when it's raining the sun usually isn't shining. Solar panels are great in sunny weather but in the winter when you really need the bilge pump it's useless!!!
I thought they didnt need sunlight to still function?
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When I was at Brighton Marina recently, I saw a rib that was sitting on a contraption that kept the rib out of the water but still in its mooring - I am assuming that this kind of kit is extremely expensive but would probably mean that no antifouling required and also could have a full rib cover......
A Versadock.. Ok Nauti wheres my fiver
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You might want to check out if there'll be any electrolytic corrosion issues before using Copperbot.
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Old 30 August 2007, 03:51   #19
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Mine lives on the mooring all year round, its a fore and aft and she has copper bot on her, I also tried some international test anti foul for the tubes.
The result is that after 3 years on the hull the copper bot needs abrading to expose some more copper first year or so was great, the tube anti foul has kept the weed off nicely but the barnicales, which are growing on everything round here indiscriminate to the anti foul.
We have a full cover with tie downs onto the handles.
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Its going on Pile moorings so the versadock is of no use I'm afraid, plus it would cost more than the boat!
Will have to look into the coppercoat, I know it can't go closer than 2" to the outdrive or outboard.

As for solar panels my boat has a 55amp hour battery fitted just to run the bilge pump.
The pump has a 2.5amp fuse fitted so will run for 10 hrs with out charge.
The solar panel, will charge the battery from flat in 52hrs of sunshine, no chance in the UK.
It will still charge the battery in overcast conditions, so is use in winter as it keeps it topped up.
You just have to do the maths to see that it'll work without maintenance.

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