Preventing a Waterlogged Hull

Papra

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I took my sunfish that I bought used earlier this year out for the first time two weekends ago and had a blast. When I got home, I noticed some water sloshing around the hull. I’m not sure if it was there before I went out or not (I think not) but I made use of the drain plug near the splash guard. I’ll be searching for leaks later on (via shop vac and soapy water) but until anything I find gets fixed, I’m hoping that draining the hull every time I notice water inside will be enough to keep the hull from getting heavier and heavier. Fingers crossed, I’m not allowing damage to get worse if I keep going out but please let me know if it sounds like I am.

I’ve read a lot of very helpful posts about what to do with a heavy, waterlogged hull but what can one do to *prevent* a waterlogged hull?
 
#2
until you find the leaks, draining it after each use is your best bet. heck, draining it after each use is just good practice anyway.

the heavy waterlogged hulls are I think normally due to neglect and long exposure to water (either through sailing, or exposure to the elements).
 

Wavedancer

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Have to agree with tag. Removing a bit of water (a few sponge fulls) after an outing is OK. But I would weigh the hull to see if it has absorbed a lot of water in its past life.
And do find out where the water is coming from!
 
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Papra

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I had thought it was pretty dry but realized later that I only had the seller's word on that (d'oh). I'll weigh this weekend and find out if their word was good!

So, to keep your hull from getting waterlogged:
- Drain after each use
- protect from elements
- [any additions?]
 

L&VW

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I took my sunfish that I bought used earlier this year out for the first time two weekends ago and had a blast. When I got home, I noticed some water sloshing around the hull. I’m not sure if it was there before I went out or not (I think not) but I made use of the drain plug near the splash guard. I’ll be searching for leaks later on (via shop vac and soapy water) but until anything I find gets fixed, I’m hoping that draining the hull every time I notice water inside will be enough to keep the hull from getting heavier and heavier. Fingers crossed, I’m not allowing damage to get worse if I keep going out but please let me know if it sounds like I am.

I’ve read a lot of very helpful posts about what to do with a heavy, waterlogged hull but what can one do to *prevent* a waterlogged hull?
Use something less powerful than a shop vac! :eek:

Too much pressure can cause fiberglass damage. :confused:
 
Thread starter #8
Ah good -- "loose fit" is probably the best I'd muster anyway. I'll make sure not to over engineer it (as I'm wont to do!). Thanks for the warning!
 
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