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post #5 of Old 06-16-2019
paulinnanaimo
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Re: First Sail

I couldn't find anything about radbuds but what you need are floor mounted self bailers. The bungee holding the transom flaps does not get in your way; it's down low and fastens to the floor near the transom.
This is how it works. You have dumped the boat and it's full of water. Once the boat is upright you set the sails to get it moving, obviously progress is very slow. The boat only needs to be crawling, open the transom flaps and the water begins to flow out. As the boat lightens it speeds up and the process quickens. Once the water level is below the transom flaps you open the floor bailers and the remainder of the water is sucked out. As long as the boat is moving it all works very nicely.
The transom flaps are not really water tight but they are not below the water level when you are sailing; they are more for keeping out following waves and shoreline waves when the boat is beached.
If you don't want the expense and work of installing the floor bailers, you could just go with the transom holes and then a bucket...but it's a bit Mickey Mouse.
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