Anyone know the story of the boat sinking this morning

Just south of the Woodies entrance ......18 foot ally job which went straight to the bottom and was still there at lunch time .....occupants swan to the groin and were picked up by water police? 

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 Could have been the classic

Thu, 2018-12-13 19:37

 Could have been the classic no bung no bilge scenario 

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Gotta be a story here. I

Fri, 2018-12-14 10:44

Gotta be a story here.

I would have thought that even if there was a bung bugger up, full noise for a number of minutes would have been enough for the water to flow out the back.

Easy to say sitting at a desk though.

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Full noise

Fri, 2018-12-14 15:19

 Trouble with trying to take off at full noise with half a boat full of water is that all the water floods to the stern and drowns the motor unless you have enough grunt to overcome it.

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Yes, OK if you wake up to it early.

Sat, 2018-12-15 16:07

 otherwise, likely screwed and swimming.

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exactly what happens john and

Sun, 2018-12-16 15:24

exactly what happens john and ranmar

had this experience recently ….

ready to beach launch down south /.elderly couple on the beach near us got into difficulties , so we stopped our launch part way through and went to help them ……. once they where ok and taken care of and had left the beach we went back to our launch ,,,,,boat went in , off we went , checked our pots about a 2km run from launch site,.then went out for a demersal fish ….. another 2-3 km out … did a long drift over ground that produces often , med size dhui on first drift … so we kept on for another 10 mins ..

finally I went to head back down the line for a second drift ……as I opened the motor up .arse end of boat , sank right down almost bogged in water , sea rushed up around the pod , nearly coming in back door ,boat felt like it went almost vertical ,,the weight and fluid movement of the free water in the hull below was immense on our trim , I knew instantly what the issue was so I backed of revs,and levelled her off ….bung was out and cant be fitted in while onboard ....moved shite up forward as far as possible , got the deckie to stand up front … trimmed the motor right in and under , then slowly eased on the revs .over about 150 metres or so , she slowly lifted onto the plane ...pushed massive bow wake , but clawed her way up and slowly got her going about a relief .we headed back in and beached her , put her back on trailer for around 35+ mins to drain water out …..

lucky for us it was a calm day , no sea on and low swell , if it had of been in the usual sea breeze we would have been ot able to do so …….she would most likely have taken water over back first time I took off , and swamped us right there .even with the self draining deck ..she would have floated but motor may well have been drowning imo … fair to say it was a strong reminder o not get distracted and check he bung ,,,


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Had a similar experience flat out to west end

Mon, 2018-12-17 18:26

 Started trolling hull filled up had big  arse bilge pump, drained it out on the move. Phew. Bung always goes in tje night before now ha ha.


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Forgot the bungs once, while

Tue, 2018-12-18 09:03

Forgot the bungs once, while putting through the marina the bilge pump kicked in and started pumping out which let me know I forgot to put the bungs in, only had maybe 100L or so in the hull. Just leant over the transom and screwed the bungs in and kept going. 

So it’s a good idea to check the bilge pump works if anyone’s boat is fitted with one, potentially saved me that day.

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 Forgotten the bung on two

Tue, 2018-12-18 10:31

 Forgotten the bung on two different boats. Bilge pump activated on both boats at the ramp while launching so I was able to recover. Fitted the bung in the water by turning the boat around and standing behind it on first boat. Second boat being a stern drive had to go back on the trailer. Amazing how much water goes in the boat just from the few minutes via the bung hole. Took an easy 10-15 mins pumping of the bilge pump as well as draining via the bung hole when back on the trailer.