Pugwis Loses Weight
Hutton House, Yellow Point - Randsco staff, while re-wiring the boat trailer that hauls the shrimping skiff "Pugwis", made a shocking discovery. The welded aluminum, double-hulled boat is filled with fresh water!
Having water in a boat may seem ordinary, but this is water where water shouldn't be - inside the sealed baffles that are supposed to be filled with air.
The discovery was accidentally made when Scott bumped up against the boat and a "sloshing" sound was heard.
"I don't know a ton about boats," he said, "but I knew something wasn't right."
After consulting with local boating authorities (our neighbor, Charlie, used to be a commercial fisherman), we realized that we had to find a way to drain the water.
"Fortunately, we found two existing, stainless steel plugs on the decking of the boat," reported Scott, "Obviously, the previous owners had experienced a similar problem."
After drilling out the plugs (efforts to unscrew them were unsuccessful and only managed to strip the hex-holes), they stuck a thin plastic hose into the holes and siphoned water into 5 gallon buckets.
"We drained somewhere between 8 and 9 5-gallon pails of water, from inside the hull!" exclaimed Scott.
At eight pounds to the gallon, that translates to roughly 336 pounds of water!!
"That's like hauling two other people around!" Scott said.
The water, though brackish, was fresh and not salty, which indicates that the leak is topside and not under the boat.
"Whew!" said Alex, eager to help with the boat repairs.
Now that the water is out and the boat much lighter, it no longer sloshes. The holes still need to be reamed out, re-tapped and fitted with slightly larger stainless plugs.
"This time, we'll condition the threads with a product like thread-eze, which will ensure that IF we need to siphon the hull again, we'll be able to back out the bolts," said Scott.