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PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2013 6:00 pm 
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Hi folks,
Our i14t has given us an excellent ride in the year we've owned her.

However, I'm concerned that two of our last three trips resulted in a significant amount of water in the bilge - enough to make the boat wallow and feel unsafe before we got back to land. On the first trip in particular, it took ages to drain.

Our most recent, fairly brief trip, was on flat water and there was barely a cupful at the end.

What the other two trips had in common was swells of about a metre - but not steep enough to break into the boat. This seemed to rule out the idea of it coming over the top and entering the hull/bilge through the not-very-sealed upper skin (I've read Matt's comments in other posts on this subject). And we've had her in much worse and breaking seas in the past with no issue.

At present, we have her inflated on trestles at the moment, with a decent amount of water added to the bilge. This will help us find any leak out through the lower hull, which would be where the water was coming in when at sea. But so far nothing - the ground under the boat is dry as a bone. Either this theory is wrong, or I haven't got the water to where the leak actually is. Don't want to stress the boat by adding too much...

I'll now try the opposite, which is plugging the mirage holes and adding water in the seating area - just in case my "not over the top" theory is wrong (but don't think so).

Can anyone suggest any other places and ways to check for the origin? This one has me very puzzled and concerned. I will report back on the results of the "from the top" test.

Obviously it's still under warranty but, as our nearest dealer is 1000km away, I want to do whatever prudent diagnosis I initially can.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2013 3:30 pm 
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Update:

No significant water in the bilge after the "from the top" test. Again, perhaps I didn't have enough water in there (it's hard to get the mirage seals good enough).

I'm wondering what else to check. I guess we'll have to use it again and see what we learn from that, but we're usually on flattish water so it could be a while.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 2:37 pm 
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On my last two trips on my i12 inflatable kayak I have water in the front of the bilge compartment, I get about a gal of water when I tipped the i12 on its front nose, where do you think the water is coming from, must be a leak in the outer cover, has anyone had the same problem?? Thanks for any help. Take care.-----Frank


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