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Miranda
Miranda

Posted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 12:08pm

Post Subject: Water from leaked pump between hull & floor cavity

Ballast is shale boat 29 years is the only option to dismantle boat & remove floor.If so what should i replace it with. Have drained excess water but assume some may be trapped & damp will cause corrosion. Have put wight in stern to aid this. I would so appreciate some expert help Thank you all Miranda

Tony-B
Tony-B

Posted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 6:10pm

Post Subject: Water from leaked pump between hull & floor cavity

If you mean the ballast is stones with very little sand or clay in with then then I think that as long as you seek every opportunity to allow a draft of air through the bilge it should eventually dry. I very much doubt this is the first time water has been in the bilge. I trust that you have a trap at the back of the boat so try to cur another in the front so air can circulate. I would even be worth fitting a couple of 12V DC to a blanking board that fits over the rear trap and wiring them via the ignition switch. That would give some positive ventilation when the engine is running. If you want to take up the floor (often the bulkheads and furniture are built on to of the floor) and change the ballast the usual things used are paving slabs, engineering bricks, or steel offcuts. all laid upon spacers to leave an air-gap between the ballast and the base plate. This is not a job to be undertaken lightly. Tony Brooks

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