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Old 27 January 2012, 20:25   #11
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Don't think osmosis will be your problem..........that's usually years of permanent immersion, tens of years.
Leave it in the sun with everything open for as long as you can......dry the boat out.
Then make sure all the seals are watertight and you should be good.
Get it dry, and don't let any more water in.
Many SR owners seal the hull permanently.......glass in all the holes as they don't use the flooding hull ( good design though it is).
If you don't need to flood it this may be the way forward as the hull design is exemplary.
I reckon everybody on here has had a SeaRider at some stage and many still do. It's the default RIB.
My opinion is that an SR is one of the best buys you'll ever make...........so don't let a damp hull get in your way.
Find a way of drying it out, keep it dry and get out and get wet!
Thanks for the advice, now I just need a few sunny days... we just use it for rescue cover and it's generally not too rough so may be a good idea to plug the hull.

The great reputation the Seariders have for being solid and good in the rough stuff is the reason I bought one, our last hull cracked within 6 months, ooops! (not Avon)
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Old 27 January 2012, 20:40   #12
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Many sr are getting on in age now and have always been a bit moist within. A few mor years isn't really going to harm them, as for osmosis how many have come to an end as a result of the dreaded osmosis??? I am sure they could be counted on one hand!!!!!!!!
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Old 28 January 2012, 14:42   #13
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I think I've figured it all out now it's light.... the extra layer within the flooding hull was most probably a fuel tank at one point which has now been filled with foam, I think that makes sense
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Old 28 January 2012, 15:42   #14
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Could well be, foam is always bad as it's very difficult to pour closed cell stuff. So it tends to be expanding stuff on lower budget builds. This is waterproof until the skin is broken. Then it's gone.
looks like you're a bit closer. Good luck and let's know if drying helps nail your problem
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Not sure if this is any help but mine has foam at the back covered by a thin layer of fiberglass/GRP also. It originally had back to seating, windscreen etc.
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