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Old 10 April 2013, 05:58   #1
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slight heel to starboard

I have another question about the Ballistic 6.5 I own. When left on a mooring I notice that there is a slight heel to starboard, and this has now got me thinking of the cause, I either have water in the sponson or water in the cable conduit.

Anyone know the layout of the cable conduit? Is this a sealed pipe from one end to the other i.e. could water have got into this and now be trapped? I have removed the deck fitting and I can see a small amount of water, but not having much luck removing this and the volume of water seems to only be slight.

Anyone know how to check for water in a sponson, I have tapped them and attempted to listen 0 but cant notice anything?
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Old 10 April 2013, 06:13   #2
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I have another question about the Ballistic 6.5 I own. When left on a mooring I notice that there is a slight heel to starboard, and this has now got me thinking of the cause, I either have water in the sponson or water in the cable conduit.

Anyone know the layout of the cable conduit? Is this a sealed pipe from one end to the other i.e. could water have got into this and now be trapped? I have removed the deck fitting and I can see a small amount of water, but not having much luck removing this and the volume of water seems to only be slight.

Anyone know how to check for water in a sponson, I have tapped them and attempted to listen 0 but cant notice anything?
Partially deflate the sponsons one chamber at a time, lots of water any you will see it as the tube will hang down. If it is a little water put your hands underneath and try lifting/giggling the tube you will feel any water in there.

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Old 10 April 2013, 06:21   #3
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If I do find water in there, what's the best way to remove it?
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How would water get in a sponson? Surely it would either have to be introduced deliberately or get left in there following a repair job? Neither seems likely.

If you DO have water from a mysterious source - it has to be historical (i.e. you have no current entry point, as your tubes stay up). It could be siphoned out using rigid plastic pipes, like those used for compressed air or very fine gauge plumbing pipes - inserted via the valves openings.

I bet your boat just has a list. Perhaps from the battery or engine installation, that being compounded at rest by fuel moving "listward". I'm guessing Ballistic tubes are out of the water at rest?
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Wilk - I have tried to work everything out, and it didn't used to do it, or didn't seem to be as bad so it must be something that has changed.

When on a mooring the port tube is well out of the water, but I noticed on my last trip the starboard one was in the water ever so slightly, this time when I cleaned her over the starboard tube underside had crap on it from being left in the water - and this is what has made me think.
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Old 10 April 2013, 06:57   #6
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Just having the engine left off straight can move the c of g port or starboard. Combine that with the rigging and I think most ribs lean one way or other.....
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and i think most ribs dress one way or other.....
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Steve - maybe one of the internal drainage holes in the stringers/bulkheads is blocked and is holding water in one of the side sections of the hull. A right PITA if it is...
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Steve - maybe one of the internal drainage holes in the stringers/bulkheads is blocked and is holding water in one of the side sections of the hull. A right PITA if it is...

How can check this - as this sounds about right...
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Old 10 April 2013, 08:19   #10
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Steve - maybe one of the internal drainage holes in the stringers/bulkheads is blocked and is holding water in one of the side sections of the hull. A right PITA if it is...
Did have this on the old boat where cabling etc came up through the deck and rain would seep in over time..handlily each stringer had a bung that could be removed to allow it to drain to bilge and be pumped out

Not sure how easy it would be to retro fit ? or if it is this problme you are having if it woudl be the same cause ?
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