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Old 18 August 2005, 13:30   #1
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Valiant RIB

Need some advice. I have a Valiant 4,9m. It is taking on water. It looks like it is coming in through the joint between the tube and the hull at one particular spot. What can i use to fix it or do i have to take it to a pro to do?

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Old 18 August 2005, 13:32   #2
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mmmm,duck tape... only joking a phone call to your local marine engineers wouldnt go a miss
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Old 18 August 2005, 14:43   #3
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i use marine filler for hull holes, works ok i find. You can check by seeing how much water runs out of plug at end of a spin. worth tasting too to see if it's sea or rainwater entering from deck.
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if its a old type hull with a anchor locker the locker was open into the hull at the back
any water geting the locker lid would find its way in to the hull. all so have a look at the fixings for the seats and stuff as lots of hole would have been drilled and if not sealed or a srew lose water will get in

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Old 18 August 2005, 15:26   #5
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if its a old type hull with a anchor locker the locker was open into the hull at the back
any water geting the locker lid would find its way in to the hull. all so have a look at the fixings for the seats and stuff as lots of hole would have been drilled and if not sealed or a srew lose water will get in

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Here you go Dan you could sell him yours, doubt your'll ever use it again
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thanks for responses. But the water is coming in onto the deck so back of rib gets water in it. I can see that it is coming in between the tube and hull just forward of the stern. Any ideas?
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Old 18 August 2005, 19:59   #7
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Had the same problem with a Valiant 490 before, water coming in through the hull-tube join at the stern port side. Was a lot worse though. Pieces of fibreglass were coming out the drain hole from the under-deck area.

Removed the tube on the port side, to find that the fibreglass was all soggy and delaminating. Ground it all back and built it back up like new. Glued back on tube and she was like new.

Oh ya and tasting the water won't confirm if it's sea or rainwater entering from below deck as seawater tends to taste like freshwater after sitting below deck for a while. Something to do with the fibreglass I think??
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