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PostPosted: Thu Dec 03, 2009 8:26 am 
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Since I put on a bow spray shield I have had essentially no water inside the hull.
Because I never use the front hatch while I am out on the water, my spray shield
was designed to stretch over the front hatch (it forms one big triangle). Even when the bow submarines
the spray shield really cuts down the water pressure hitting the hatch seals, keeping
water out.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 03, 2009 8:29 am 
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Pic's? :)


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 03, 2009 10:35 pm 
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reconlon wrote:
Pic's? :)


Yep, never happened without pics.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 08, 2009 1:26 am 
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Cowsgomoo I would love to have seen you as a child in Church:

"I'm sorry Reverend but without pictures ..."


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 08, 2009 1:39 am 
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What do you think the stained glass windows are for?

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 08, 2009 3:18 am 
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chrisj wrote:
What do you think the stained glass windows are for?


Yeah, saving you reading all that itty, bitty writing in the big books... :lol:

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2010 11:44 am 
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Sea swells regularily flow over my bow Hatch yet I only get a pint of water on a two hour trip.
Seems like some ppl get water in the Hull and others don't?

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2010 6:50 pm 
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skymax ,
i to get about a pint in , great sail yesterday 12-15 knts wind , mirage drive out , well plug in , going like the clappers ,
overhauled and kept in front of a Farr 5mtr mono , i was pretty chuffed with that . :D :D
a three hour sail and water in the hull ..... i'm not happy with that , has anyone tried a thinner hatch cover under what is already there , like the sea kayaks have , they have neoprene inner covers but i think that could be to thick , maybe ripstop / shower curtain material or something similar with shockcord around the perimeter and then the hard hatch cover on top of that ?


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2010 8:37 am 
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I have claimed regularly that the front hatch is well designed--for a hatch of that type--and does not leak significantly if the seals are working properly (there are 2 seals).

If you have checked all the hardware (screws through the hull are all tight and sealed), the circular T-n-S hatches are likely to be the source of leaks. The black o-ring seal must be kept lubricated with silicone spray or, better, silicone grease. Then, the o-ring must be seated properly in its groove so that the beveled edge is exposed when closing the cover. Of course, the T-n-S hatch cover and opening must be kept free of sand, dirt, etc. The T-n-S hatches require regular maintenance to prevent signicant leaks in rough water.

Keith

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