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Old 07 July 2008, 18:19   #1
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water in hull...

...help...I have a substantial amount of water in the hull of my new rib. Unlike my previous boat, this hull doesn't have a drain plug at the bottom of the transom. I assume it's supposed to be sealed?? Anyways, can anyone offer any advice as to how difficult it is to fit a drain and also as to the best location ie in the deck well or bottom of transom?

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Old 07 July 2008, 18:29   #2
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get a bung .. .. at the lowest point

http://www.rib-shop.com/product.asp?...k=yes&P_ID=235

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Old 08 July 2008, 13:16   #3
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water in hull...

... thanks...i''ll bung one in.....
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I fitted one of these:-

http://www.aquafax.co.uk/html/produc...s.asp?ID=12449

I like the way it goes all the way through so can be sealed to stop water getting in the transom.

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water in hull...

...this is probably a stupid question and i know i should be worrying about something more important but......will i need to cut access in the bottom of the deck well so as to fit the nut/washer onto the back of the plug??
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i would be fairly concerned if its a new rib and has a few gallons inside sloshing around..... on the trailer back to the mfr and say - here you sort it out and tell me why my rib is leaking and fix it and tell me where the water came from and what you did to fix it.......
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water in hull....

cheers nikster....a fair point......thanks all
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And also remember to get a 1 gallon measuring jug - so that when they give you the boat back with a shiny new bung in it and then you take it out on the water for the first time for a good full day - you can measure how much comes out...... and find out if they actually did anything or just drained a hole - fitted abung and gave it back to you!!!!!

SAFETY WARNING:

If you have an integral FUEL tank - DISCONNECT THE BATTERY AND IMMEDIATELY move the boat to a clear area and inform the mfr to get their arse down to you sharpish......

It is common for consoles and bench seats to be drilled through and then through to the fuel tank....................

BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY...!!

Im not a scaremonger but this happened in Poole this year!!!! flick the wrong switch on a nice day and the deck becomes a new NASA launch pad or worse....
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My thoughts exactly Nikster - you need to be pretty certain it's water in there, fuel sounds more like if there's no obvious cracks in the deck where water could get in...
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errr momentarily ignoring what's actually sloshing around in there, Who designs a "sealed" hull with no drain point????? That's an awful detail.

When you do get them to put a bung in, a good tip is to seal it with good old petroleum jelly.
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