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trishp2926
Oct-07-2013 @ 7:47 AM                           Permalink
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I have purchased this boat - totally new to boating however I have noticed that it has a number of pre-made holes below the waterline on the boat and we are going to be putting it into the Nene river on a floating mooring and have some concerns about water ingress.

As I am totally 'green' would like to know what they are and if it will cause me any problems, I know that some are hull valves but there seems to be a number of these along the boat.
Also any information, pictures or layout and spec information from anyone would be gratefully received as the previous owner didn't provide much in the way of information.


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Oct-07-2013 @ 8:12 AM                           Permalink
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Good question! Looking at your boat on Craig's database,
(horning.org) there will be 'holes' related to the engine cooling, the
drainage on sinks, bilge pump(s), water intakes for flushing the
heads(toilets) but probably nothing else. If you got a survey they will
all have been checked, or should have been. I think the Boat Safety
Scheme Certificate would also require they are checked, but others
will know more than I do. I think the Nene now requires BSSC.
If you bought from a broker, maybe they can get these checks sorted
for you?
You are certainly right to seek assurance that the safety valves are
all functioning.
Where on the Nene are you planning to moor? There will be local
experts too, who could advise.
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Another thought is that your boat was once in the Herbert Woods fleet, someone there might be able to offer a plan of what should be on the boat.

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Pauline

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Oct-07-2013 @ 8:28 AM                           Permalink
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Many thanks for this will contact them.

I had a full pre purchase survey on the boat and nothing came up on them, some are hull valves but our concern is obviously putting in the water and it disappearing shortly afterwards as we intend using it as a liveboard!

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ahh goood ole astral .....


powlescollins mix up

wooden top
fwd drive with a low fore cabin roof

hyd drive on ars hyd in rear

power was a goodole bmc 2.5

large rear arft well...........

had silly pole in front mid ship s next to helm
to help support roof

if its got yellow formica still in the bog just give it a hello from me ......

i think ther ewere serveral made in slightly diffrent syles

from powles to woods when the take over in the ninteis from good ole pennant hols ............

ohhh those were the days .............

glad yer found a boat yer like .......

polwes hull were thick and strong too

could,nt put a hole saw through the hull in one shot thats how thick they are............

i,m sure  some one else can remember them too...

anyway good strong build..............

astral star, astral emblem ,astral light etc .....

i,m sure theres a pic on one of my old pennat brochers of her sat at salhouse stern on ??????

happy boating ...........

always happy to help .............

www.wayfordmarineservices.com

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Most independent surveyors would be quite keen point out any holes in the bottom of a boat that should not be there.

Some may be inlets / outlets from previous installations?

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The full structural survey is the key to peace of mind with this query now. You could contact your surveyor and ask for more detail on the various inlets and outlets.

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Pauline, the only check in the Boat Safety Scheme concerning through-hulls is that there is a closeable valve on any black water (sewage) discharge line. It's a pollution-prevention check, not one concerned with risk of sinking.

In general, the BSS only covers risks that could affect other boats (fire, explosion), or the environment (discharging oil or sewage (where that's not permitted)). That's why things like the ventilation requirements are advisory (for private boats anyway), as CO poisoning is only a risk for the people on the boat.

I'd be quite surprised if there isn't a section in the survey report detailing the location and function of all of the through-hull fittings.

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So would I Dan

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I am waiting on the reply from the surveyor that looked at the boat as have checked the survey and only discusses the hull valves and skin fittings there doesn't seem to be any mention of these 'holes'. Will update you.

Well the heavens opened this weekend and allowed us to find all of the leaks that the old girl has, not to be was expecting worse so she now has a beautiful blue tarpaulin hat to protect her from the downpours, new roof required I think. Electrics going well and new rear deck area being installed.

will put some pics on when she is done.

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Trish

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