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Old 13 June 2017, 08:34   #1
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Lovely

I'm "working from home" today .... so....

I couldn't resist proping down to the boat and having a quick blast around the Solent. I went out from Keyhaven, over to Colwell Bay, doubled back to Yarmouth and then into Keyhaven.

It was lovely and calm out, no real wind and a deep blue sky:


Got a respectable 29mph our out of the RIB so I was happy with that. It seems to be holding it's air for the time being and the bilge pump I installed has made the world of difference.
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Old 13 June 2017, 12:22   #2
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It seems to be holding it's air for the time being and the bilge pump I installed has made the world of difference.
There are lucky people in the world :-)
Why the bilge pump made a lot of difference, how are you taking water?
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Old 13 June 2017, 12:28   #3
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Water seems to be magically appearing in the hull. It's got the outer hull and then what appears to be a floor about an inch above, then 3 inches above that is the deck.

When it rains it seems water gets into the mid section of the hull, probably via the front hatch not being sealed. When it rained a hard a few weeks ago, gallons and gallons of water came out and it had been on it's trailer the for the week.

now that it's in the water 24 hours a day it's impossible to open the drain plug without putting it on it's trailer on the slipway. I have an inspection hatch in the aft section but it only allows access to the mid deck (not the lower part of the hull) - ) drilled a 4cm hole in the lower deck and as a result I'm able to poke a 38mm bilge hose into the lowest section and then pump out the water without needing to get the boat out of the water.
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