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Old 15 December 2012, 16:04   #11
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I am getting one of these from ebay to avoiding any more sucking.

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Old 16 December 2012, 00:48   #12
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I think its been brought up before and it is sealed.

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Old 16 December 2012, 03:34   #13
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Thanks Nasher - tidy job. When the witches hat (rubber grommet) was off before to feed in new cables - I noticed the hole has a raised fibreglass circumference, possible 2-3 inches from the deck level. The water isn't entering here, as I gave it a good bead of sikaflex. It must be entering where all the cables exit the grommet itself.

Chris - the drill pump seems like a good idea. I could run some clear tubing in and give it a blast with the drill to see what happens. Hopefully there's not too much in there.
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Old 17 December 2012, 19:48   #14
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I have got the same Ribcraft problem.

When I did my rewiring I had to vacuum the water out of the duct before threading the cables through. The most annoying thing is that the duct always fills up then when I go down a big wave the water rushes into the console I have lifted the rubber boot in the console which has reduced the problem slightly. This problem has been bugging me for a while. I can't see an easy way to drain the water out as the duct is too low.

How about getting hold of a vacuum speedo pickup. Mount it on the transom or use the engine vacuum pick up which is usually located on the top of the gearbox. Connect it up and slide the open other end into the duct which should suck the water out of the duct.....This may work reduce the weight on board and should be cheap..... what do you think?
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Old 18 December 2012, 00:50   #15
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Just don't fill the tube with expanding foam. I have just spent going on 3 days trying to change the main engine loom cable. No water in there though!
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Old 18 December 2012, 05:01   #16
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Originally Posted by Burtox View Post
.....I go down a big wave the water rushes into the console I have lifted the rubber boot in the console...
Am I missing summat? Why is your console filling with water, it should be sealed. The duct runs from inside the console, sealed? to the transom "witches hat" Are you saying water is coming back up the duct from the transom into the console?
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Old 18 December 2012, 08:07   #17
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On a similar note, I opened up the transom bung in the splashwell on our Ribcraft & brown coffee colour water comes out? The first time I emptied it, it carried on for ages!!!
Now, about only 3-4 cupfuls. Is it purely condensation or water that has entered via the rubber witches hat?

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