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jeffropico 04-20-2002 03:54 PM

Freakin Sinking!!
I bought this boat from someone and took it out for the first time today and the left hull stayed absolutely dry, but I ended up sailing about to miles to shore with the right hull entirely submerged. When I got it on shore, water was leaking out of where the cap for a hull port goes on. It''s one of those twist and lock ones from Rabud Inc. That''s the only spot where water was coming in from, and after about 30 minutes on the water, that hull was filled to the top. It''s not leaking from around the outside lip of the entire port, but just from around the cap that locks into it. Is there supposed to be an O-Ring in there or something??? If a missing O-Ring isn''t the problem, then I don''t see how the heck that thing is supposed to be water tight.

Sfilson 04-20-2002 08:58 PM

Freakin Sinking!!
Sounds like your boat is a cat? I have never sailed on a cat, but does the other hull have the same access cap. Maybe check it out to see if it has an O-ring. If not I was contemplating something similar on my day sailor and found new ones in most marine catalogs.

In addition, my brother, a friend, and I almost sunk a JY-14 when we turtled after test sailing it for a yacht club that was looking to buy a fleet of them. The problem was a small crack in the fiberglass near the deck hull joint at the bow. When the boat turtled, water was able to leak into the void (which was intended to keep the boat afloat in situations like this) and weigh the boat down.
Take a good look for other spots water may be leaking into the hull. I am serious when I say, the crack looked like a 2 inch scratch from a trailer, but when we poured the water back out of it, it amazed us all.


thomasstone 04-20-2002 09:37 PM

Freakin Sinking!!
You are missing an o-ring.

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