Originally Posted by jonmitch
I've got one of those crappy "autobaler" things with the ball valve. You know, the ones which do Jack!
Put the boat in the water on Thursday and then left her on a pontoon (drying) only to be phoned the next day to say that water had poured in through the damn thing
. Now pumped out and bunged up temporarily.
1. is there anything i can do to get it to stop it leaking?
2. how easy would it be to fit a trunk using the same hole in the transom and do you have any advice how to do that for a complete novice (i.e. drilling into the transom, sealing etc)
Do you mean the clear plastic fitting with a ping pong ball inside?
If so, I fitted one to my 5.4 Searider and it worked fine. It's important to keep it clean and free of debris - a leaf or twig would jam it open. Also if the boat lives afloat it will soon become fouled and won't seal. My boat lived mostly on a trailer and so it didn't get fouled.
I found it to be really good in my application, although it looked like it wouldn't last more than a coupe of years. Had I kept the boat longer I reckon i'd have renewed it after two or thre seasons.
On a boat that often takes on a little water or spray I feel it was better than a trunk.
On a dry boat a trunk is simpler.
On a boat that stays afloat a trunk is more reliable.