HC12 22nd September 2017 Big Yellow Tractor

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HC12 22nd September 2017 Big Yellow Tractor

Post by bigyellowtractor » Fri Sep 22, 2017 2:18 pm

Officially splashed my canoe today.
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Paddled about for a couple of hours then did some buoyancy tests.

I stood inside the boat whilst holding onto a railing and put all my weight on the gunwale to fill the thing with water. It only immersed about half way and righted itself when I stepped onto the bank. With me not in the boat, I was able to turn it over and when it righted, it only had an inch or so of water in it. Very pleased with these results; should be a lot of fun on a summer's day with a herd of Grandkids in it.
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Re: HC12 22nd September 2017 Big Yellow Tractor

Post by Eric1 » Fri Sep 22, 2017 2:33 pm

Congratulations!

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Re: HC12 22nd September 2017 Big Yellow Tractor

Post by terrulian » Fri Sep 22, 2017 2:35 pm

Congrats and thanks for the empirical flotation test!
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Re: HC12 22nd September 2017 Big Yellow Tractor

Post by narfi » Fri Sep 22, 2017 2:47 pm

I like the blue rail, it turned out very well!
Cant wait to see the smiling grand kids in it :)

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Re: HC12 22nd September 2017 Big Yellow Tractor

Post by bigyellowtractor » Fri Sep 22, 2017 3:28 pm

Thanks chaps.

Even with my best efforts to sink it, I couldn't get it much more than half full of water and it really does want to float upright.

Disappointingly though, I did get quite a lot of water in the end compartments. I think the seals on the hatches are a bit too hard meaning I'd really have to nip them up tight to compress. I'll replace with a softer o-ring

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Re: HC12 22nd September 2017 Big Yellow Tractor

Post by terrulian » Fri Sep 22, 2017 3:34 pm

Vaseline on the hatches might help.
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Re: HC12 22nd September 2017 Big Yellow Tractor

Post by Fuzz » Fri Sep 22, 2017 6:22 pm

I have personally never found any of those round screw in hatches to be water tight. And when I get the tight enough to be close to water tight they are a real pain to get open again. I have since gone to using the rectangular style with camlocks and have been much happier.

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Re: HC12 22nd September 2017 Big Yellow Tractor

Post by Doug N » Sat Sep 23, 2017 2:01 am

Beautiful boat. Looks like it would be a lot of fun to use. Having fun with the grandchildren is something that they will always remember.
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Re: HC12 22nd September 2017 Big Yellow Tractor

Post by topwater » Sat Sep 23, 2017 9:31 am

Armstrong hatches makes round and rectangle hatches that are water proof. Same hatch they use on their engine brackets.
I have both types , excellent hatches .
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Re: HC12 22nd September 2017 Big Yellow Tractor

Post by bigyellowtractor » Sun Sep 24, 2017 11:26 am

Thanks for the advice re hatches chaps. I will try a softer seal, then maybe some silicone grease, then perhaps just accept that the compartments are just "water resistant" semi-secure storage.

I'm thinking I should have left the space under the decks open with something like a bungee net over the front to stash a dry bag. I do have a foamed compartment at each end for buoyancy anyway.

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