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Old 19 June 2013, 06:02   #11
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regularly had water under the deck in all our Humbers. Drain it out when I remember, never caused us a problem. Those deck n hull joints are never gonna be perfect, well not on a humber
I think the Ribcraft coastguard boat we had needed a bit of draining now and then. The guy is no doubt telling the truth that he didn't know it was there-or he would have drained it before you arrived.
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Surely the inside of the void and under deck are glassed/waterproofed by design. If not, nigh on all ribs over 5 yr old would be falling apart!
Saw our RC 5.3 as a bare hull when being built. Not a fibre of bare wood to be seen. The whole lot was glassed in.

AFAIK this is the norm.
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There's wood in the deck. If there's been a botched seating install, it could mean the deck has water in. You won't necessarily feel if the deck is wet.

Get it surveyed and try and get permission to remove a couple of the screws from the seating install to check for water ingress.

Also ask for permission to check if the cut edges for the anchor locker were properly sealed when built-it appears Ribcraft may have employed a lazy terwat a few years ago who didn't seal some of them. (note, RC were extremely good about it and this, were quite shocked it hadn't been done and it doesn't occur any more)

You really don't want to have to change a deck after purchase.
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Agreed. Wood is in the majority of decks and susceptible to water ingress, but most likely from the fitment of stuff on to it.

So in terms of water in the void beneath as per the OP I can't see it being a problem.

Though in a 3 yr old RC 585, with the cost being double digit thousands, a survey is a must for peace if mind on all matters!. Just like an HPI and check on a car out of warranty.
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Agreed. Wood is in the majority of decks and susceptible to water ingress, but most likely from the fitment of stuff on to it.

So in terms of water in the void beneath as per the OP I can't see it being a problem.
Trouble is, if there's water trapped under the deck without being drained, it'll be permanently high humidity under there, so not really the best environment for any botched stuff to dry on its own.
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Though in a 3 yr old RC 585, with the cost being double digit thousands, a survey is a must for peace if mind on all matters!. Just like an HPI and check on a car out of warranty.
It's not 3 years old, just been owned by someone clueless for 3 years.

I'm not saying buying it is a bad idea, I'm saying be extremely careful about it. It could be a fantastic buy. On the flipside, it could be really badly FUBAR so a survey and very thorough inspection is a must.
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I had my ribcraft 585 never had any water come out of the bung
As I live just down the road I would have a look at the boat with you
The seats on my ribcraft were all glassed to the deck so did not have that problem
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Saw our RC 5.3 as a bare hull when being built. Not a fibre of bare wood to be seen. The whole lot was glassed in.

AFAIK this is the norm.
Not sure if many rib builders actually glass the under side of the deck or not.

Although this should not be a problem if the drain plug is left out for air to circulate like HP said earlier.
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If your deck is a moulded deck the chances are that the underside will be glassed, if its not then the chances are that it ain't, it may ave had a coat of resin but that's about it, it's not hard to change a floor, just a lot of work
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Mr Biffer, could you confirm the internals of the Humber OP from your experience.

Resin or glassed?
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