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Old 04 June 2007, 11:57   #1
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Water in the Cable Duct!

I swamped the RIB recently. Don't ask, but it was stupidity.

As a result, water entered the duct and came up inside the Console.

It is proving hard to remove it!

Do any ribbers have a system for draining the duct? Or does it matter?

My concern is that if the duct has water in it, the console will always be damp.

Well, water, WD40 and general s**t.

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Been there, and yes its a bugger to get out.

With the boat on its trailer and the bow up as high as I could get it I fed a piece of plastic tube down the hole and out through the elephants trunk to just above ground level.
I then siphoned it out, which took ages through the small bore pipe.
The last bit was sponged out as best I could with a sponge on a stick and left to dry for a week or so.
I then fitted a witches hat and made sure it was well and truly sealed.

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water will even get in if hats are fitted, it will use the cables like a wick to run down....thats why we fit bungs to the cable runs as well
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Osprey drill holes in the bottom most part of the trunking to let water out. If you canaccess yours this might be an option or put drain plugs in like GED suggested
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Old 05 June 2007, 03:29   #5
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Thanks!

I like the idea of a drain. Maybe a winter project!

For now, the plastic pipe and syphon it out!

Can't wait to taste that stuff!
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Thanks!

I like the idea of a drain. Maybe a winter project!

For now, the plastic pipe and syphon it out!

Can't wait to taste that stuff!
tape the pipe to a wet vac may be quicker
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Probably not.

There is no electricity anywhere near the boat!

Great idea though!
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Dewalt make a wet vac that runs off drill batteries and the mains!
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Old 05 June 2007, 07:41   #9
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Listen!

I spend too much on boating as it is!

Much as I love an excuse to buy a new toy, this is getting silly!

Maybe I need to carry a petrol powered water pump in case I swamp the boat again!
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A gas generator and a smallish wet/dry shop vac might be more versatile.

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All this to remove a pint of dirty water???

Maybe I just drill a hole in the bottom of the boat to let it out then take the hull to Ribcraft to get it fixed!

Could work out cheaper!!!

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what about just winching the nose up off the trailer till the water pours out?

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Or find a very steep hill.

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I think the easiest way is to remove the batteries, drain the fuel, remove the engine.

I shall then turn the hull over and let the water out!

Whilst the boat is upside down, it could be worth polishing the keel band.
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I think the easiest way is to remove the batteries, drain the fuel, remove the engine.

I shall then turn the hull over and let the water out!

Whilst the boat is upside down, it could be worth polishing the keel band.
and drilling a drain hole in the hull

Do tell more as to how it got there in the first place?
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For those who wish to begin a draining exercise, fist fill the duct.

This can best be done with a boat full of people.

First go ahead into a very narrow and shallow creek.

When the skeg touches the bottom, raise the engine to about 45 degrees.

It helps if the engine then fails to engage reverse.

When reverse is finally selected, increase the throttle setting until there is a mixture of water and foam spilling over the transom.

The captain should, at that point be so concerned about avoiding other floaty things that he completely fails to notice the water and foam coming aboard.

When the issue is pointed out to him by the crew, he shouts at the crew and insists that everything is OK.

Water around the ankles is the first indictaion to the captain that, maybe, all is not well.

This exercise is also best done in a harbour with a low speed limit ( see thread on Cowes, for example) where the elephants trunk is ineffective.

When all aboard have wet feet, socks, trousers and are the picnic is also soaked, find a pub which welcomes such a crew!

On return home, remove the carpets from the car so that they can dry out!
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