nice to find a community dedicated to this odd boat we call ribs. Anyways I just purchased an Avon s400 with center jockey console and 30 hp Sukiaki 2 stroke (suzuki, can you guess from where I get the pseudnym from?). Let me tell you these things are hard to find in the US. Anyways I have a few questions about this boat if you don't mind.
#1 is it ok to have water in the hull? I opened that floor "bung"/"plug" and drained out maybe 2 quarts worth of very yellow smelly/rancid water
. Does this drained water represent most of whats in the hull or just behind some bulkhead (thus more water in other compartments possibly)?
(NOTE: previous owner used this boat 1/2 the time in fresh and the other 1/2 in saltwater)
#2 how is the interior of this particular hull laid up? (wood, fibreglass, wood covered fibreglass, other)
#3 what are ways I can make access to draining all water from said hull?
#4 Any other hull maintainance advice I could use?
#5 There also seems to be what appears as sap leaking from an exterior crack on the outside of the hull. It seems the previous owner might have rammed the carpeted guides too hard and compromised the hull there. Anyways I assume this "sap" is more of that congealed yellow water leaking out. I suppose I'm going to have to grind all that fibreglass out and fix it yes?
Thanks. I am going to check for all leaks possible in this boat and give a good run through. I will try to post pics of my boat as I get more time.