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Thread: Folkboat soap

  1. #11
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    Dec 2012
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    Default Re: Folkboat soap

    It's extremely easy to make the boat too tight when it's dry, not leaving enough space for it to take up when wet, which can cause bad damage.
    When I bought mine, she'd not been in the water for a number of years, and leaked like a sieve when initially launched, to the point that I took her back out of the water within 20 minutes; water pouring out of every seam. Back on the trailer, I kept the boat wet for a couple of weeks as she took up, and when she wasn't taking up anymore, I caulked/filled those seams that still showed a leak, and relaunched without a problem.
    I'd imagine that there are other ways to do it also, but this worked for me.
    Folkboat 'Stakkr' - Inverness - http://islandrov.wix.com/island-rov-web

  2. #12
    Join Date
    Jan 2015
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    Default Re: Folkboat soap

    Just incase anyone's wondering how the Folkboat work turned out...

    https://youtu.be/NHyXOGS5NR8

    I'd be really interested to hear any comments as it was all a bit of a journey in the dark...

    The boat's back in the water now, it had a smallish leak so I leant it against a wall and knocked a bit more cotton into the garboard which seems to have helped. It's a bit difficult to tell where bilge water comes from because of deck leaks but I'm pretty confident that I won't sink. (just in case I got a new battery and rigged a solar panel to keep the bilge pump running)

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