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Minifish Inspection Ports

L&VW

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Present weight of your Minifish?

Stored in a garage?

You could get by with one small port (as pictured) a computer fan, and two feet of PVC pipe.
 

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I'm not sure there is any definitive answer - I'd put them where you might have need of future repairs. have you done a leak test to confirm where leaks are?

on a Minifish, you don't have room to put one between the coaming and the daggerboard slot like the diagram shows for a Sunfish. that's my picture of a Minifish - that location works and gives access to multiple areas for potential repair or just adding the block and cleat as I did.

I'd personally start with just 1 port - and maybe open up the drain plug along the one side of the deck for a little bit of air flow. get an old computer fan or a muffin fan and just start with a small amount of air flow through the boat to dry out any wet foam.
 

drummer5829

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Present weight of your Minifish?

Stored in a garage?

You could get by with one small port (as pictured) a computer fan, and two feet of PVC pipe.
I haven't weighed it yet... feels like maybe 100-150 lbs based on picking it up with 2 people.

It's currently stored in my apartment's underground garage.

I bought a 2-pack of 4" ports - what's the purpose of the PVC pipe?
 

drummer5829

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I'm not sure there is any definitive answer - I'd put them where you might have need of future repairs. have you done a leak test to confirm where leaks are?

on a Minifish, you don't have room to put one between the coaming and the daggerboard slot like the diagram shows for a Sunfish. that's my picture of a Minifish - that location works and gives access to multiple areas for potential repair or just adding the block and cleat as I did.

I'd personally start with just 1 port - and maybe open up the drain plug along the one side of the deck for a little bit of air flow. get an old computer fan or a muffin fan and just start with a small amount of air flow through the boat to dry out any wet foam.
Yeah, there are a few cracks / holes in the hull I need to patch up with fiberglass.

Is there a reason you put the inspection port so far to the left? I'm guessing it'd be preferable for me to shift it right, and avoid that bit of foam.

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Thanks for the advice!
 

L&VW

Well-Known Member
I haven't weighed it yet... feels like maybe 100-150 lbs based on picking it up with 2 people. I bought a 2-pack of 4" ports - what's the purpose of the PVC pipe?
Put the computer fan on one end, and let the exhaust-air leave by the opening (around the pipe).

One port can suffice, if the hull isn't heavy. Would a dry Mini-Fish weigh 95 pounds? Anyone? :confused:
 

drummer5829

New Member
Have you opened the deck drain for loose water? Then I would weigh it. I would then leak test. Depending on weigh I would then consider a port.
Yeah, I tried to drain it, but not much came out.

My next step is to weigh it, but it definitely is not the 75lbs I've seen online.

There are a few obvious cracks / holes in the hull, so I'll need to patch those before a leak test.
 
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