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    Old Saybrook, Connecticut
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    Alex Tighe
  1. After market splashwell hatch

    Can anyone tell me the proper size and perhaps the model number of an access hatch that would fit my 1996 19' Redfisher? The existing pie hole makes it very difficult to work in the bilge.
  2. What did you do to your boat today?

    Yesterday I installed the MOB+ Wireless Kill Switch and fob. I have not gotten the boat out to test it, but it seems like a great idea. I may get the watch band for the fob or just keep it in the zip up pocket of my Mustang inflatable life vest.
  3. A Lot of Water in the Bilge

    I am finally getting back to the forum after a long fix to my water-in-the bilge issue. The hole has been repaired and I have had two center bunks added while removing one of the center rollers. I believe that the two original bunks, which were only 6' long, were not supporting the weight of the entire boat. Instead, much of the weight was resting on one of the center rollers which eventually punched a hole through the hull after the boat bounced on it while trailering, launching and retrieving for several years. I am hoping that the new set up will prevent this from happening again. As to the water in the foam, my fiberglass guy cut out the bottom of the seat storage area as well as putting holes in the side of the gunnels (which he replaced with hatches). From here, he cut out as much wet foam as he could reach, left the boat in a warm garage with fans running, and then refoamed the areas he had dug out. The weather is still 38 degrees so I am not able to tell how successful he was at drying the foam but I hope to test it soon, if Spring ever arrives. The hatches give me a little extra storage too.
  4. A Lot of Water in the Bilge

    I met with the fiberglass guy today who does not think it likely that the foam would ever really dry. I think the next course is to remove as much of it as possible, then dry out what is left and blow in new closed cell flotation foam. I am not sure how to access all of the foam as we are trying to avoid having to remove the engine and pull the cap off the hull. It seems like it would be a huge job (for a 21 year ole boat) to have to pull off trolling motor connections, trim tab connections, power pole connections, etc.
  5. Trailer set up

    My bunks are 6' long 2x4's which seems rather short to support a 19' Redfisher. This obviously leaves about 14' of the boat supported only by a center roller.
  6. Trailer set up

    I am wondering whether there is any sort of standardized, optimal trailer set up for my 1996 19' Hewes Redfisher. For that matter, is there a "best setup" for each model of the mgb boats? Given there are a finite number of hull designs, it would seem to make sense that there is one or maybe two trailer setups for each that would best support the hull while trailering and provide the easiest means of launching and retrieving the boat to and from the water. I replaced my trailer a few years ago and the company the set it up for me installed two bunks under the rear half of the boat and a roller under the center line of the boat toward the bow. After a few years of launching and putting the boat back up onto the trailer, the roller has punched a hole in the bottom of the boat. It would be nice to be able to have a layout reference or guide for the boat which I could follow or direct the trailer company to follow.
  7. A Lot of Water in the Bilge

    Does anyone happen to have a picture of the inside of the hull of a 19' Redfisher? It appears that what little of the flotation foam that came be seen, after cutting out the bottom of the hatch under the main seat, is wet but I can't tell where the rest of the foam is or what it would take to either dry it out or remove and replace it. I am hoping to avoid having to remove the cap which would require removing the engine, poling platform, rewiring, etc. If I knew where the wet foam is, it might even make more sense to cut a hole from the outside of the hull to access the foam. Will the foam dry if left in the boat in my garage all winter with the hatches open? At this point the "self bailing cockpit" is no longer self bailing as the scuppers are 2-3" under the water. This would seemingly indicate that I have a lot of extra weight in the boat due to he wet flotation foam. I suspect that I am drawing an extra 4-6" of draft with the weight and have lost about 15mph top speed. I need to lighten the load.
  8. A Lot of Water in the Bilge

    If you have a chance, I would like to see the set up of your bunks. I am concerned that because my bunks are relatively short compared to the length of the hull, lowering the rollers will leave the forward portion of the boat unsupported while trailering. Polliwog, while I don't use the Baldwin Bridge ramp as often as I used to, I will keep an eye out for your skiff. It is a good ramp with nice access to the mouth of the CT River as well as Long Island Sound. The ramp is very convenient for my as my office is just off Main Street in Old Saybrook.
  9. A Lot of Water in the Bilge

    As I have the fiberglass guy work on the boat, I am wondering whether I should be reconfiguing the trailer bunk/roller layout. It seems clear that the hole was caused by years of running the centerline of the hull into one of the rollers on the trailer. Right now I have two bunks that run from the stern to about midway on my 19' Redfisher. Thereafter there are two center rollers on two cross members. I wonder if it might be wise to get rid of the rollers and put two more bunks closer toward the bow. Prior to having one of the rollers I had a PVC "V" piece but it scratched the heck out of the hull. Any thoughts?
  10. A Lot of Water in the Bilge

    Thank you all for the advice. I have a fiberglass guy coming tomorrow to start repairs. I have checked the livewell drains in the stern which do not seem to be the problem. If there is another means of water ingress I have not found it yet. I will have the scuppers checked as well as the cap/hull seal. fin-addict, I take your point that the amount of water coming in may be more than is easily explained by the exposed fiberglass. I don't know the answer but I am really hoping that a hull repair will remedy the problem. t
  11. A Lot of Water in the Bilge

    I will try filling the bilge with the boat tilted toward the hole area. I would hate to find that this is not the cause of the water coming in. I assume that in order to repair the damage and clean out the soaking foam flotation, the rubrail will need to be removed anyway and the cap and hull could at that time be re-sealed.
  12. A Lot of Water in the Bilge

    Another view.
  13. A Lot of Water in the Bilge

    I put the boat in this morning with both live well drain outlets plugged and taped. Unfortunately that clearly was not the problem. The bilge immediately started to fill. I put the boat back on the trailer and took it home in order to crawl underneath for a look. The first thing I found is that I am way to old to be crawling under boats. Next I found that I have a hole where one of the trailer rollers comes in contact with the center-line of the boat. It feels soft and appears to be about 3" x 8". I am sure there has been water infiltration into the foam. I am not sure where to go from here or how big a project. I will have to find a fiberglass guy unless anyone out there has any suggestions as to where to go in Connecticut.
  14. A Lot of Water in the Bilge

    I have put rubber stoppers in the two drains and used Gorilla tape to hold them in. I will dunk the boat tomorrow to see if that identifies the problem.
  15. A Lot of Water in the Bilge

    I finally got a chance to get out and do some testing as to the water infiltration. The boat had been out of the water for two weeks and parked in my garage with all hatches left open and the drain plugs all open (no water in the bilge at the start of the day). I launched the boat, tied it to the dock, parked the car and trailer then jumped back into the boat. I then reached into the pie hole only to find about 6" of water. The float switch can't lift because of the mass of the wires in the bilge holding it down (an entirely different problem which I will need to resolve), but I was unable to tell where the water had come from. I turned on the bilge pump to evacuate the water, then took a ride down the CT River only to find that the bilge continued to fill with water. The side scuppers were under water and the stern bogged down with the weight of the water. When I got back to the ramp, I left the water in the bilge in hopes of seeing it pour out of wherever it came in. Nothing. I finally unscrewed the bilge drain plug and lots of water poured out. Once home, I tried running a hose into the obvious suspects, the two scuppers, the two livewell pickups and the two livewell drain holes in the bottom of the boat. Again, nothing. I did note that when I moved the boat to park it in the garage, water stated pouring out of one of the livewell drain openings. I do not ever use my livewells and I think the pump valves have been turned off since I bought the boat in 1996. The livewells themselves I use as storage and don't have any water in them except if it is raining and even them it is not much. I am wondering whether it might be one of the livewell drain holes in which the hose from the livewell to the drain has somehow been disconnected thereby allowing water to rush in from the drain and thereby filling the bilge. Of course, I can't trace the hose from the bilge all the way to the forward livewell. Is this a possibility?