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07-05-2010 05:58 PM
sailingdog Leave it closed.
07-05-2010 04:20 PM
ste27
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Originally Posted by jobi View Post
yes it probably would rip off, I dont think the ship would be jepardised without it? nevertheless I will keep it closed in ruged seas.
rgds
I guess it depends what you mean by storm... I'm thinking ocean, your transom says Ottawa. In any event, keep the thing closed, why would you sail with it open to begin with?
07-05-2010 11:19 AM
jobi
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Originally Posted by ste27 View Post
Closed - drain holes will be fine. It doesn't matter how sturdy you think it is, waves are many TONS of water and really don't care that you can/can't stand on it or whatever... the hinges would rip out no problem if that ever took a breaker
yes it probably would rip off, I dont think the ship would be jepardised without it? nevertheless I will keep it closed in ruged seas.
rgds
07-05-2010 11:15 AM
jobi
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Originally Posted by Tempest View Post
It sounds/looks like the drainage is adequate. Clapets might be effective in a following sea, if you can install them so that they will always open freely to drain.

I've gotten water in my cockpit from waves breaking over the bow, my drains don't appear to be any larger than yours and the water drained pretty quickly.

As Killarney points out, you want to keep water out of the cabin. I would want a method of keeping the hatch boards locked in place.

hatch boards have lock pins alredy, but they arent water tigh.

this is something id love to modify, one perfectly sealed door.

the drains will be redriled one inche larger, I have room to do this.
rgds
07-05-2010 10:28 AM
ste27
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Originally Posted by jobi View Post
this door and transom is very thick plexiglass, its actuly built as a step ladder to get inn the boat when swiming or boarding from a dingy, its prety solid thos it may not look so from photo.
rgds
Closed - drain holes will be fine. It doesn't matter how sturdy you think it is, waves are many TONS of water and really don't care that you can/can't stand on it or whatever... the hinges would rip out no problem if that ever took a breaker
07-05-2010 07:53 AM
Tempest It sounds/looks like the drainage is adequate. Clapets might be effective in a following sea, if you can install them so that they will always open freely to drain.

I've gotten water in my cockpit from waves breaking over the bow, my drains don't appear to be any larger than yours and the water drained pretty quickly.

As Killarney points out, you want to keep water out of the cabin. I would want a method of keeping the hatch boards locked in place.
07-05-2010 01:52 AM
jobi
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Originally Posted by davidpm View Post
If you let the transom down in a big storm that big door flapping in the wind and waves may just rip off.
If it does rip off, and rips the hinges off the transom, you may be left with a very large hole below the water line.
this door and transom is very thick plexiglass, its actuly built as a step ladder to get inn the boat when swiming or boarding from a dingy, its prety solid thos it may not look so from photo.
rgds
07-05-2010 01:40 AM
jobi
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Originally Posted by johnshasteen View Post
Keep it closed, you are not likely to get water into the cockpit. We ran before a Force 10 storm in the Gulf for 36 hours in 50-60 knot winds and 28-30 foot seas and got no water into the cockpit.
wow that is something, I would have guessed alot of water in your cockpit, quit surprised and glad to hear this.

you know a british gentlmen (sailboa engener) convinced me to keep this boat, he explained in terms I did not fully understand all about her desing and why never go by numbers on some fictive calculator. at one point I got convinced she was an unconfortable healer, quite the uposite in reality.

no offence but this man has said that this boat is comparable to an alberg 29 in roughed seas, wich really suprised me.

rgds
07-05-2010 12:07 AM
johnshasteen Keep it closed, you are not likely to get water into the cockpit. We ran before a Force 10 storm in the Gulf for 36 hours in 50-60 knot winds and 28-30 foot seas and got no water into the cockpit.
07-04-2010 10:15 PM
davidpm If you let the transom down in a big storm that big door flapping in the wind and waves may just rip off.
If it does rip off, and rips the hinges off the transom, you may be left with a very large hole below the water line.
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