Caribbean Reef Runner

I’ve sold my beloved 6m Stessl. It was great and tough boat but not quite right for us as a family/fishing rig. It rode hard in the chop (really hard) and has a very narrow waterline for a 6m boat which made it surprisingly tippy. The ride was improved with some ballast (100kg) in the nose but still rough. After only a few months the misses and family were reluctant to go out in less than perfect weather which rarely happens here and as such it became only my hobby. Whilst I enjoy my boys fishing trips, I’d rather have something we can all want to use on other occasions too (plus it makes planning permission much simpler).

 I've ordered a new Caribbean Reef Runner Hull from Mansfield Marine that should be here in a few weeks. I'm buying the boat pretty bare and fitting it out myself where I can. I really enjoy that kind of stuff and can save a fair amount of coin along the way. The Reefrunner is a solid performer that ticked all of the boxes (except the wife thinks its ugly) plus the resale value seems to be unrivalled when compared to boats of similar sizes should we ever need to sell it.

Caribbean is providing the Hull on a 2200kg ATM C Channel Easytow trailer (Manual hydraulic brakes on both axles). Options from the factory are:

·         Stainless steel Rocket Launcher

·         Side Clears

·         Starboard (Drivers side only seat slider)

·         Bunk Infill Cushions

·         Port side swim platform with swim ladder

·         Starboard side swim platform (No ladder)

I’ve got to fit bilge pump/s, washdown pump, duel batteries, isolators, carpets/matting, sounder/GPSetc once it arrives.

 I also kept my furuno fishfinder, bait board, pot tipper, esky, remote mounted VHF, fenders, EPIRB, flares, lines and accessories from my last boat to refit to the Reefie. It’s amazing how much all those small items add up to if you replace them but nobody seems to considers their value when buying secondhand.

Once in Perth, I’m going to get a Merc 150 4stroke fitted. The Merc 150 seems to be well received within the marketplace with strong performance, good torque, lightweight, decent reliability reports (though only 4 years old) from the commercial sector and well-priced. It’s nearly 4k cheaper than a Yamaha.

These hulls can take up to 200hp but the 150 still gives the Reefie a WOT of 37 knots which Perth weather rarely lets you achieve anyway. A 21knot cruise will give a fuel consumption of around 0.45ltr per KM according to their testing. 500km range @ 40km/hr. I’m still shopping between dealers at the moment so any recommendations are gratefully received.

I’ve managed to pick up a Simrad NSS12 Evo 2 from the fishwrecked classified that I intend to install as my MFD. I planned to use it as the controls for the engine but there is very little saving between the cost of the vesselview link box and the actual Mercury vessel view 4” gauge so I might as well opt for the gauge and the NSS for extra screen realestate.

I already have a Furuno 628 that I had installed on my last boat that I will probably reinstall again. I just need to pickup a transducer (sold with other boat).

I would like to have the 3D downscan on the simrad but that will probably have to wait on the list with an anchor winch, stereo, autopilot, freshwater bladder & pump, solar, rear shade and camper setup for overnighters with the kids.

This boat needs to be as appealing for the family to spend a day on the river or Rotto/Carnac as it is for heading off the westend or the trips up north.

I’m looking at installing twin bilge pumps (1 small auto & 1 monster ebay manual) and a through hull intake whilst I’ve got some room prior to batteries etc.

What are people’s thoughts on the suction/pick-up fitting for a deckwash…  A flush fitting would be cleaner and less risk on the trailer but the scoop fitting will enable it to be used whilst going along/heading home however could interfere with the trailer? I also read that the constant pressure against the suction of the pump when going along can cause premature seal failure. Thoughts?

Either option will be stainless with a stainless ball valve directly mounted.

I've trawled this site many times over for ideas and research but please share any ideas or lessons learnt you may have picked up along the way.

I'll add picture as and when they come...


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Nice one

Thu, 2017-02-23 16:14

 Nice one, sounds like a nice rig. The only thing I would add is a toilet fitted from factory rather than a porta potti, keep the missus happy!

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 Sounds like a cracker set up

Thu, 2017-02-23 18:26

 Sounds like a cracker set up and you have most bases covered.

Can back up Ricko19 on the flush mounted electric toilet, will be a absolute win with the Mrs also.

Can also recommend a flush mounted transom shower, super handy and easy to install and set up to a pump. If possible try to have a water tank built in as it looks untidy having jerry cans of water everywhere.

 www.jpwmarine.com.au/products/plumbing-toilets/shower-accessories/transom-shower-kits.aspx

Plenty of LED lighting to under the gunnels,coupla floods off the back,lighting in the cabin. Nothing worse then pulling up at night for a BBQ and trying to cook under phone light.

Never had a problem with the forward facing deckwash pick up mine sits on the transom and never damaged a pump,can't comment on the flush mounted pic up sorry.

Think about battery set up to in regards to how many you can fit for house/start batteries, You dont want to be caught short with dead batteries all the time. Last abrohlos trip I had three batteries , two in parrallel for house and never ran low on power. A second boat we had with us was constantly running his engine up to re charge his batteries.

Hope that helps.

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 Thanks... Planning 210 a/hr

Thu, 2017-02-23 23:13

 Thanks... Planning 210 a/hr with a dedicated house and motor battery. I will rotated these every 12months. The house battery will be connected to a 80-120w roof mounted Flexi solar panel that will also charge the starter battery providing the voltage is high enough for the VSR to open. Likewise in reverse from the Altenator. 

I've got an 18w led flood already to go in but will assess lighting as I get to use it.

I was thinking that a potti would be better for those extended shallow water stays but maybe I need to give that a bit more thought!

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Hey mate. Congrats on the new

Thu, 2017-02-23 19:05

Hey mate. Congrats on the new boat.

As far as the looks go you either like the classic lines or don't. I reckon theyre great

 

 

I have a reef runner. Good hull.

Two things I would recommend

Trim tabs (not essential but definitely worth putting on) Gets the nose down a bit more when punching into chop and makes a difference

I have a 150 yamaha. Great motor but I reckon the reef runner would benefit from a few more horses. In good weather its plenty of power but in a big sea it just seems to bog down more than I would like. Not dangerously just takes a bit more on and off the throttle.

If you haven't already done so, get the new hardtop that has the clears section at the top for air flow. The hardtop is awesome when its gnarly but frickin hot up north

Enjoy

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Tabs are on my wish list.

Fri, 2017-02-24 06:27

Tabs are on my wish list. They would have made a big difference to my last boat also.

I spent a fair amount of time reviewing my engine options. I have a mate with a late 90's reefie fitted with a Yam 200 that whilst impressive, I couldn't justify the price difference. I also spoke alot with Aquasport and Mansfield whom fit both and the difference between the 2 (fair weather testing) was only 4knots WOT for 38%/$7.5k premium (even against a fishwrecked sponsor special price). I hope the 3ltr displacement and torque should overcome some of the bogging you refer too. Neither party had any merit in sending me down the Merc route as Mansfield have no skin in the game from an engine perspective & Aquasport sell both.

I know there is no such thing as a free lunch, so it will be what it will be but this setup seemed to be the best comprise on price/performance/weight providing Mercurys "black anchor" reliability reputation is Behind them. Only time will tell...

 

 

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 Those merc 150hp 4-strokes

Fri, 2017-02-24 08:00

 Those merc 150hp 4-strokes are a strong 150 and comparable to the Suzuki & Yamaha I4-200 in performance from what I've read. 

All reports so far indicate it's a great motor with heaps of torque and piss easy to service

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 Check the regs on your

Thu, 2017-02-23 19:11

 Check the regs on your trailer. You will only be able to license it in WA with those brakes up to 2T

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 2200kg ATM... 1999kg GTM

Fri, 2017-02-24 08:40

 2200kg ATM... 1999kg GTM registered in WA. (200kg on the ball of the cruiser). That's the deal anyway. It's a bit of a loophole in the system that will give me enough margin with the reefie that is on its 2T limit with basic essentials and a full tank of fuel. Easytow seem to be the only boat trailer manufacture that have cottoned onto it whilst its been fairly common practice in the racecar trailer industry for some time.

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 Good luck with that

Fri, 2017-02-24 12:30

 Good luck with that loophole. Hope you never need to rely on it.

 

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agree

Sun, 2017-02-26 14:37

  you dont get the 200 kg's on the ball.....they weight the entire trailer as one weight. I know from first hand experience having had mine weighted by transport.

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Hardtop Ventilation

Thu, 2017-02-23 19:54

Recommend hatches in the roof if you don't have the extended hard top. Not cheap but worth weight in gold on a tropical day. I am running a Whitworths pick up tube to my deckwash works fine. Congratulations on buying a new Reefy, Brand spanking new, you wont be disappointed.

 

 

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I didn't go the extended

Thu, 2017-02-23 22:58

I didn't go the extended hardtop but it might be something I look at doing later down the line if the need warrants it. Might be a DIY project. Roof vents will defiantly be a consideration and unfortunately the 'new hardtop' with skylights is only for the 2300 & 2400. Those hatches are seriously expensive!

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Dash power

Thu, 2017-02-23 21:54

 despite how many batteries you are installing , ensure you run an oversize cable up to your helm for your electronics and radios , theres plenty of questions on the site why my sounder or radio turns off when starting the motor due to volt drop from rear of boat up to dash , bigger cable will prevent this from occuring

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Thanks

Thu, 2017-02-23 22:53

With plans for an anchor winch at some point, I will run suitable/oversized sized power to the dash most likely where the switchgear will be mounted. I have a cousin who has offered me up some fat battery cable he picked up from a leftover job.

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Hatches

Fri, 2017-02-24 09:28

get the hatches fitted in the hardtop to allow some breeze in when it is hot.  

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 Not a fan of the Merc have

Sat, 2017-02-25 18:49

 Not a fan of the Merc have you checked out the Suzuki"s

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Bad experience?

Sun, 2017-02-26 14:28

 Why's that mate? I"ve only heard great things about Mercs 150 4-stroke?

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I've PM'd him to as I've yet

Sun, 2017-02-26 15:57

I've PM'd him to as I've yet to hear any negitive feedback based on use of the new motor rather than Merc prior reputation with there early 4strokes.

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Wireless Kill Switch

Tue, 2017-02-28 13:09

Just ordered the MOB+ wireless kill switch kit from the east coast. I'm the kind of guy who only really thinks to put the kill switch on in hairy conditions so I think this will be a worthy investment. After watching how lucky oldmate was in Exmouth on Sunday night and the fact that I have been known to pull puts and fish solo if the deckie lets me down then this should be a solid $300 investment. The system can be bypassed by pressing and holding for 10 seconds if you happen to forget your fob.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4syNjrNQL0

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It's here...

Tue, 2017-08-15 09:38

After a couple of weeks delay in the factory, I finally got word that the Reef Runner was finished last week and loaded onto a truck heading West on Monday morning.

The guys at Mansfield have been fantastic to deal with throughout the process. We've made several small changes to the boat and trailer along the way and they've keep in communication the entire time. I only had time to grab a few quick snaps this morning before dropping it off at Aquasport in Midland to get the motor fitted. Because of the delay its turned into a rush to have it ready in time for Easter.

On inspection at handover it became clear that I was going to struggle to mount all of the behind the scenes electronics without drilling multiple hose through the bulk head. Coby showed me a photo of that they had recent done with a 2300 by mounting a piece of carpeted ply to the cabin side of the bulkhead. Once finally home and with the kids in bed at 8pm, I headed off to the green shed to pick up some 12mm marine ply. I'd only thrown some out 6months ago that I'd probably had in the garage for 3 years! Anyway, Mansfield had given me an offcut of Caribbean carpet so I cut, glued, carpeted and mounted using an existing fixing and three new SS machine screws that fitted in an area concealed behind the helm. Job done by 10pm ready to head off to Aquasport at 7am. I'm really happy with the boat in the little time I've had to take it all in. The finish is excellent and attention to details has exceeded my expectations or other experiences. I had been concerned that I would have size envy as I was considering the 2300 at the same time but my fears are gone. It's amazing how much bigger a 6.4m Reed Runner is compared to my previously supposedly 6m Stessl. I've opted to remove the passanger seat icebox to provide maximum fishable deck space but have plans for some other removable seating for family ordinated trips. The trailer looks really good although again I've not spend much time going over it. I'm so pleased Easytow offered a full C channel option ensuring with a bit of preventative maintenance, it'll still be around in 20years time! We did have a drama with one of the rear roller guides not fully tighten, but to Mansfields/Easytows credit they had a solution and plan in place by 9.30am this morning...

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did they not fit the swim

Fri, 2017-04-07 12:09

did they not fit the swim ladder?

interesting trailer - is it bunk at the rear and roller at the front? -

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Swin Ladder

Fri, 2017-04-07 12:20

No, Caribbean only offer a 2 step top folding ladder from the factory. We ordered with it not being fitted and Mansfield have upgraded it to a 3 step underneath mount. They are just machining up some poly spacers so I can mount it.

Yes, trailer is full drive on with bunk and keel rollers with two extra rollers at the front. It has the drive on V guides along the length of the trailer with a batwing entry guide at the rear.

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nice one interesting trailer

Fri, 2017-04-07 12:36

nice one
interesting trailer set up - I have only ever seen full bunk or full rollers, I have had full bunk and its terrible unless you can float on or off on a deep ramp so the keel rollers obviously alleviate that problem

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Trailer

Thu, 2017-04-13 09:33

 Heres a video from easytows' Facebook page of a identically setup bunk, keel & front roller setup on a runabout. It seem to centre nicely. I added the rear guides on mine for solo launches where there isn't a jetty and a current or side wind.

www.facebook.com/Easytowboattrailers/videos/1486366778041362/

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sweet rig

Fri, 2017-04-07 16:52

 what donk did you end up choosing for it?

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 Merc 150... By all accounts

Fri, 2017-04-07 20:27

Double post

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 Merc 150... By all accounts

Fri, 2017-04-07 17:23

 Merc 150... By all accounts it goes like a 175 and is only slight down at top end on a Yammi 200.

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Nice!

Fri, 2017-04-07 17:49

 was there a big difference in price compared to yammie? or even other brands? i've seen a few mercs on the back of boats more often now so they must be doing something right. 

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nearly $4k difference for a

Fri, 2017-04-07 18:09

nearly $4k difference for a like for like with the Yammi. (Flush control & smart gauge)

3ltr Merc has a bucket of torque and mercs approach to DIY basic service/maintenance was a winner for me. I could have got a Honda for the same price (current special) but much heavier and older technology plus alloy prop.

Suzuki 140 would have been cheaper but underpowered really being a 2ltr but the jump up to the 150 puts it near the Yammi pricing. 

 

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shit thats a big differnce

Fri, 2017-04-07 18:22

 thats 4 grand worth of sounder and fishing gear you can buy now  

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Fri, 2017-04-07 17:51

 Bloody nice boat Darren, must admit, I'm a fan of the Caribbean also.

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 Very nice mate! Must be

Fri, 2017-04-07 20:29

 Very nice mate! Must be hanging to get her on the water, outboard run in and some fish on that nice new deck 

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Mate, this thread is better

Thu, 2017-04-13 10:41

Mate, this thread is better than watching porn. Love Caribeans and you must be absolutely fanging to get her in the water!

Let me know how the MOB+ goes as I am getting sick of my kill switch lanyard getting tangled around the steering wheel and I'm keen to get a sensor for each of the kid's life jackets.

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MOB+

Sat, 2017-04-15 21:20

Thanks,

Re the MOB+… It didn’t come! They cancelled the order only a few days after I posted about it. Apparently they are reworking the frequency to meet some US standards so the new model won’t be available until May. I might hold off until I hear some reports of the new ones, mind you, I only heard good reviews of the older frequencies so I doubt it was a reliability issue.

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Hi Mate, Spoke to you

Sat, 2017-04-15 09:10

Hi Mate,

Spoke to you yesterday at the ramp. Hope she went well on her maiden journey. I have a Caribbean Intruder 20ft and it has been an awesome boat. How did the Merc go? and more important , did you catch any fish?

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Thanks for coming to say hi

Tue, 2017-08-15 09:44

Thanks for coming to say hi mate...

Picked it up on Thursday evening. Worked until 11pm installing the Simrad, VHF and wiring to the switchboard. I must say I was pretty disappointed after paying someone to install a motor and duel batteries to find they didn't bother running power to the switchboard so I had no lights, pump etc... We're not talk small change here and I consider myself lucky I'm more than capable of doing it myself, even if it was it the dark at 10pm at night. Cutting the dash was a mission! That stuff was tough as nails and chewed through 3 jigsaw blades.

Yep, all went well with the test. I've got a couple of trailer adjustments to make but other than that it was happy days. The anchor was catching on the bow roller on launch so that will need adjusting down. I've still got to remount the second rear guide also. The hull was fantastic and chop that would have me cringing in the Stessl just seemed to disappear without a trace.

The motor went really well. I need to get it out on some flat water to test the WOT as I think it may be slightly over propped. It's running an 18" at the min (which was recommended) and I had 37.2knots at WOT but that was at around 5200rpm. The water wasn't really flat enough to fine tune the trim and we had 3 big blokes in there. The manual says its range is 5000-5800 so I'd like WOT to be up towards the 5500/5600rpm. At 4000rpm it was doing 28knots using 0.5l/km. Happy days! It seems slightly louder than my Honda was but that could be the acoustics of the hard top

We got into the salmon action out at mewstones. We gave the boat carpark a wide birth and instead scouted out our own school only 500m away from the masses. 4 other boats joined us and it was great fun. A couple of guys were fishing fly and absolutely smashing it. We got 4 or 5 in the boat and lost just as many... My rear swim platform cost me my first fish, thankfully it was only a salmon not a dhuie! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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price of hull

Sat, 2017-04-15 12:59

 how much is the hull, as you bought it. nice work putting it all together

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 PM sent

Sat, 2017-04-15 20:10

 PM sent

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Prop Selection Help

Wed, 2017-04-19 22:37

Did some testing on the river today... It turns out that Aquasport would normally install a 14.25 x 17" Mercury Enertia SS prop but they only had a 18" in stock when fitting my boat.

The 150 has a WOT range of 5000-5800rpm. The boat was fairly light with only 125 ltrs of fuel and 3 guys on Friday in light/moderate chop and solo (130kg) today in the river. on Friday i reached 37.2 knots at a WOT of around 5200rpm. The motor was fairly neutrally trimmed and not trimmed out due to the conditions. Today i managed to get just on 5500rpm producing 40.3knots at ideal trim using 0.74ltr per KM. This blew my mind being a 6.4m fiberglass boat with only a 150hp donk! At 4000rpm 28kt using 0.52ltr/km which is very economical.

Aquasport are going to give me a 17" prop to try and do some testing next week. I'm interested to see how the midrange and topped economy compares.

What are peoples experience with WOT on a fairly empty boat vs loaded with say an extra 300kg of people & fuel? My thinking is that dropping to the 17" will give me another 150-200rpm at WOT so i'll be closer to the upper limit when unloaded but probably around 5400-5500 with full tanks and a couple of people onboard?
Have people experienced any problems running a prop closer to the lower end of the WOT range?

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Video

Thu, 2017-04-20 09:36

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I'd be going for the lower pitch

Thu, 2017-04-20 07:19

 Those numbers are nice, but, in perfect conditions ideal trim  and lightly loaded, you really should be seeing your upper limit. As you are still 300 rpm short of that, I would at least try the 17" and fill the fuel and have something close to a more normal load. If you can't get passengers to participate, use a heap of 20 litre containers of water, 20kg each, and even try moving them around the boat. The human type ballast is easier, though.

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Weekend progress between family time, kids sports & swimming!

Tue, 2017-08-15 09:45

No boating this weekend... Finished off the deck tread flooring this afternoon. Plenty of time with a 1m steel rule & square this weekend!

During the week i finished mounting the behind the scenes electronic and installed the autopilot. I scored the NSS12 and 3D structure scan from the fishwrecked economy! Still need to mount the 3D transducer. Not really impressed with the 26mm hole that is required to pass the plug through the transom. I'm looking at going through the well instead.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New Boat

Sun, 2017-04-23 19:14

Hi Darren 

 

Congrats with the new boat it looks good happy fishing days coming up.

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 Coming along nicely mate.

Sun, 2017-04-23 19:22

 Coming along nicely mate. What trannys you running? Why transom mount instead of thru hull? 

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No real room in a reef runner

Sun, 2017-04-23 19:43

No real room in a reef runner for a decent in/through hull setup. I've only got the 3D structure scan for the Simrad and then need to decide what to do for a finder. I've got a Furuno 628 that I ran on the last boat. The fuel tanks and kill tanks run pretty much the length of the deck apart from a small rear bilge area (+/- 200mm) at the back, but that will be full by the time I add a water pickup with all of the existing hoses and bilge pump etc.

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Love it. For some reason I

Sun, 2017-04-23 19:57

Love it. For some reason I just remembered I need to check my Sat lotto ticket...

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Update

Tue, 2017-08-15 11:58

Just dumped photobucket and changed over to imgur for image hosting... Pretty user friendly!

Been ticking away at the projects and emptying the bank account over the past few months. Built a rear canopy frame using 7/8" stainless. I actually had a lot of frustrations with this project as I had a kickass design that I initially went with that would give me full shade without the uprights but unfortunately that could only be mounted under the rear of the hardtop and it was just 50mm too low for comfort.

I ended up with a mark2 version that has rear uprights around the bait table. A compromise but it is now solid as a rock! It worked out quite economical with the fittings coming from ebay/china and tube direct from Stirling Stainless at $6 per metre. Canning motor trimmers did an awesome job for me on the cover/canvas work at very short notice... Highly recommended.

 

 

Also mounted the 3D and TM150 chirp transducer. Still tweaking position but haven't really had the weather of late to do any real fishing/testing. 3D Image of D9 in the Cockburn sound on my first pass after installing the structurescan. Pretty happy at aabout 7 knots. You can clearly see the bridge.

 

 

 

3 Step undermount ladder installed using starboard spacers. Also installed a Lewmar anchor winch on the bow which was a nerve-racking experience. 115mm hole saw demanded measure 5 times, cut once. Gone through plenty of sealant, resin and sikaflex in our hose of late!

Heading to Denham for 10days on Friday! Roll on an pray from some decent weather!

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 Hi Darren,I'm interested to

Tue, 2017-08-15 11:13

 Hi Darren,

I'm interested to know what prop you went with?

I have the same motor on a Cruisecraft 5.75 outsider. The previous owner did the repower with Hitech marine and they installed a 17P enertia. I have only ever been able to get 5300 max out of it no matter what the conditions or trim. I reckon it's over propped as I too would prefer to be at the upper end of vthe range as per Merc recommendations. I've raised this with Hitech and all I will say on it is you did well using Aquasport.

I don't seem to have any problems with the engine and it is pretty good on fuel however I have the feeling it would be better with a smaller prop. 16 or even a 15 Enertia. Just make sure you take the thermostat housing off on each service, I found the start of corrosion around this oring. I also found corrosion starting in the lower unit mating surfaces when doing the impella at 200 hrs. Impella was perfect but it's the corrosion that needs to be kept in check mostly. My oil drain plug was almost seized too on the same service, I took it out altogether and sorted it out, re-installing with antisieze. This motor is still under warranty with 220 hrs.

I have a spreadsheet I did on the engine numbers if you want to look at it.

Blood nice boat mate! You must be stoked!

What sounder did you end up with. I have gen1 Simrad and a Vesselview 7 on mine installed by Hitech, I'm having problems with that gear too and with a P66 it is not adequate for fishing but more cruising sounder. I'm keeping my options open until this new Axiom pro from Raymarine is released later this year.

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Over a 2month period,

Tue, 2017-08-15 11:36

Over a 2month period, Aquasport lent me a 17" & 18" Enertia props for testing. I did river testing for optimum performance with 225ltr of fuel and 2 adults and surprisingly I maxed out at 5500rpm on both the 17" & 18". The 17" producing 38.4 knots and the 18" 40.3 knots. I too did a spreadsheet of side by side comparisons in 500rpm increments.

I've ended up keeping the 18" for a few reasons, WOT at optimum trim was equal, I'm rarely going to be upwards of 4500rpm in WA conditions, it gave me 0.04ltr/km better fuel economy throughout the majority of the rev range excluding WOT which was equal consumption. Thanks for the heads up re corrosion, I will ensure to do a full check at 100hrs.

Regarding sounder, I'm running the NSSEVO2 with a Chrip TM150 & 3D Structure Scan. Still pretty early days but I'm pretty happy with it so far.

 

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Did you end up re-propping?

Tue, 2017-08-15 11:19

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looks very nice

Tue, 2017-08-15 12:00

 looks like a very nice set up mate  ..how are u finding the simrad..?

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 and did you end up getting

Tue, 2017-08-15 12:46

 and did you end up getting the MOB+?

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Your post prompted me to chase up again...

Tue, 2017-08-15 12:58

Nope, they are being released on the market again on the 1st September apparently... Narrower frequency band to comply with some USA maritime regulation.

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Simrad is cracking so far.Not

Tue, 2017-08-15 13:01

Simrad is cracking so far.

Not really used the sounder much but looking forward to tweaking and fine tuning next week in shark bay. Very impressed with Maps, Autopilot and 3D structurescan results, do need to be going fairly slow with motor trimmed out to get a decent 3D result though. Also added the WIFI unit so I have an old Gen1 Ipad that can be mounded on the baitboard showing the sounder display.

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 Yes, this thread prompted me

Tue, 2017-08-15 14:28

 Yes, this thread prompted me to have a look at the Mob+ also. There is a mobe in Freo who are importing but that have no stock. They are selling for around $350.

Quite expensive. I'm probably favouring a PLB which I have also take out on my dirt bike.. Amazon selling for US$189 but will need a USA contact or expiditing service to get hold of Amazon stuff.

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We could do a multi order to

Tue, 2017-08-15 16:03

We could do a multi order to bring down postage

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 Jack, I don't think it has

Tue, 2017-08-15 16:17

 Jack, I don't think it has the MOB function that you are thinking for multiple users at once (your kids). it can only operate with one paired fob at one time, so it only protects the driver and is purely an extention or replacement for the lanyard type kill switch.

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 Yeah I've since found that

Tue, 2017-08-15 20:35

 Yeah I've since found that out. I really want it for when I'm solo more than anything

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New thread

Tue, 2017-08-15 21:34

 Maybe a new thread is a good idea rather than Hijacking Darren's awesome vessel thread. I think you'd get a few takers on a group buy from Amazon. I agree that it is solo missions where this is useful but I still think that a personal locator is better value. If you are heading downwind in a 12 kn wind, even if the engine stops say 20 meters away, you'd most likely not be able to swim as fast as the boat will drift away. If you have a PLB attached to your inflatable jacket or yourself, you are looking much better for a speedy recsue... If money was no object, I would of course have both.

I hate the lanyard kill switch but I do use it when travelling a long distance solo... I have a Sat phone for sale and as soon as it sells I'm buying a PLB..
Something like this
www.whitworths.com.au/main_itemdetail.asp

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I've got this one, easily

Tue, 2017-08-15 21:55

I've got this one, easily fits in my pocket but I wear it on my jacket when solo www.whitworths.com.au/main_itemdetail.asp

Sorry Daz, last post that isn't to do with your boat aka my dream boat

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Don't worry lads, I’m not

Sat, 2017-10-28 19:11

Don't worry lads, I’m not precious with my thread!

I’ve received a couple of request for info about my canopy frame. Most of the fittings came from eBay China. Take 3 weeks to arrive but are approximately $7 each landed. If you search for 7/8 stainless bimini it brings up quite a range. Example: m.ebay.com.au/itm/2PCS-Eye-End-7-8-Bimini-Canopy-Hardware-Fittings-Marine-316-Stainless-Steel-/282282811239

 

The entire frame is assembled using grub screws and locktight. Now the canvas is on it is really solid. The rear support legs are mounted using a stainless bimini side mount and tube-end fittings.

 

The roof is mounted using a stainless deck mount and also a tube end fitting. I did originally have the roof mount on the same mount as the rear but there was too much side to side flex. To stiffen up the who thing i packed the deck fitting with stainless washers to get a real tight fit and remove any play.

 

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Thread resurrection

Sat, 2017-10-28 08:22

 As I said in the post where the bloke was looking at Haines, Cruise Craft, etc--been looking at the Reef Runner from Mansfields. I don't live in Perth and don't get down very often, so I can't really just wander into their yard for a look. Not that they would necessarily have one in stock anyway. 

Just a couple of things I am pondering over. I noticed there appear to be  transom holes drilled for motor mounting. Do you specify what you are going to fit in your order and they pre-drill before leaving the factor?. Are the holes internally sealed? And the deck--is the standard a fibreglass non-slip, or is it really necessary to install a covering of some kind? I personally dislike carpet, because it stays wet, collects blood, and smells no matter how well you hose it down. I found it needed a really thorough detergent and wet vaccuum at least once a year, even if you were careful with killing in a tub.

I like the underfloor storage which fits up between the seats, but they look too small to kill pelagics in--can you recall if there was an option for a single, larger one, or is there some structural member running below decks which precludes this? And do they drain into the under-deck direct? 

Have you looked at fitting a pot tipper and electric capstan?  Coaming looks "just " wide enough to accommodate a capstan aft of the recessed rails, do you think it is solid enough? Did you get either of the transom lockers plumbed up as a live well?  I notice you didn't take the option of the transom door--exxy?

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Ranmar,You're welcome to

Mon, 2017-10-30 09:45

Ranmar, You're welcome to check over mine anytime you’re in Perth providing i'm in town.

Transom Holes - Yes, the holes were predrilled but fully sealed. I "assumed" all motors have the same holes for a certain size. Whilst Mansfield knew i was going to put the Merc on, I don’t believe Caribbean did.

Deck - The deck is non slip fibreglass as standard. I went for the deck tread to soften it under foot, help keep it clean as i find the non slip surface attracts dirt to stick to it but mostly protect it from impact damage/chips etc from craypots, dropping pliers etc.

Kill Tanks - Underfloor storage is one piece tank with a divider creating 2 lockers. I'm pretty sure you could get it made as one if ordering new from the factory but the divider is there for floor support more than anything so you'll probably need some kind of support there. They both drain directly to the bilge but are individually sealed from each other. Mine are 700mm long and 990mm on the diagonal. We've had a 1.2m fish in there without any issues (although i didn't have to fillet it with a curve) but for larger catches i have a large madfish bag kept under the front bunk (Not needed it yet)

Pot tipper - I will be fitting a pot tipper within the next few weeks ready for crazy town in the sound. I had planned on a winch but i wouldn't fit in the gunnels. I would use one of the removable type frames. There are plenty of photos on Gumtree of these fitted to Reef Runners. 3 separate places have all quoted me $300 for the fabrication. No issue with the gunnels strength, but room is the issue. Mine will be going midship. 

Livewell - No, i still have a deckwash to install and i will setup a live well drain in one of them, but just run the hose through occasionally to freshen up the water. I've never fished with livies yet. mostly gets used for bait defrosting.

Door - Wasn't an option when i built mine. Mansfield built that themselves especially for the boat show 2017. I'm not a massive fan of it. I would rather have the extra locker and back rest for the rear seat. I did install a 3step ladder mounted under the swim platform. Much better for climbing out.

On the show boat they also installed larger swim platforms which are fine for a family ski boat, but I’m sure they would get in the way when fishing. I've lost too fish early on to the standard sized ones before I learnt to keep them away at all costs.

I also didn't bother with the esky seat on the passenger side either. I didn't like how it pushed up the passenger front seat and decided i would rather have the flexible deck space. I intend to fit some flexible seating for family river trips.

We also use a small madfish bag as a esky for food and drink. Greater flexibility and we can take it with us on the beach/camping.

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Transon door / Large Swim Platforms

Thu, 2017-11-02 09:27

IMO are a great addition to the reefie. It was my boat that was in the boat show. Haven't had a problem at all with the larger swim platforms getting in the way when fishing and they make getting in / out of the water a hell of a lot easier and definitely give a move stable feeling when there's a bit of chop around. Same goes with the transom door, I found on my last reefie that I didn't really use the back seats or locker so opted to have the door fitted on one side and a live bait tank on the other with the seat / backrest in front. One of the best moves I made with the boat, access so much easier through the door without having to step over the hull. A lot easier getting XL fish on board also without having to lift them over the side.

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Congrats... It’s certainly a

Thu, 2017-11-02 10:01

Congrats... It’s certainly a nice boat. 

I would have opted for the raised screen if it was an option when I built mine but at 182cm the height is not a issue for me, just my regular deckie. Really nice flooring! I guess its all about fitting it out for how you use it. Our boat needs to be as much of a family cruiser with 6 onboard as a fishing weapon. If I was a diver I could see the benefit, but i’m too chicken to dive in metro waters . What was to cost of the door and large platforms upgrade? Do you have trim tabs fitted?

Was it you who was having trouble with the transom mount transducer on FB? If so, Did you get it resolved?

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Raised screen sure makes a big difference with all round

Thu, 2017-11-02 14:27

visibility and saves you from ever having to crouch down at the helm. Mind you its pretty easy to stay seated with the ride that the reefies give. I think the trans door is usually upward of 2k and the larger swim platforms about 1k. Would not have gone with either if not for a heavily reduced price offered as part of inclusions for the boat show boat. I don't have trim tabs fitted as don't really find them necessary, I'm happy with how it rides in most conditions and don't really find it ever leans excessively so saved the $ on them for other options.
Finally got the TM260 sorted enough to read well up to about 23knts. Raised it slightly and changed the angle a few times and now pretty happy with it.
Also use mine as a family cruiser / ski boat but 80% of the time its somewhere between 40-100km out bottom bashing.

Like the led light you changed out the helm light with. Can you flick me through the ebay details so I can order one the same?

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https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/1

Thu, 2017-11-02 15:46

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/12V-2-2W-Marine-Boat-Transom-LED-Light-Anchor-Stern-Navigation-Lamp-White/172855109605

I’m only really interested in trim tabs to get the nose down into chop a bit more when the chop is tightly packed/peaky. No real side to side roll issues. I found a foil was also effective at doing this but has downsides when being in a following sea.

Or I could just slow down 

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Thanks for the reply

Sun, 2017-10-29 07:11

 There is a picture of an Anchormax like mine installed on the coaming behind the helm position on a 2300 on their website, so I guess the 2300 has wider coamings than the Reefie. 

 

 

 

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Got into Preview mode, couldn't get out

Sun, 2017-10-29 07:19

 . Ok, I'd be really interested in seeing the tipper setup and how it is managed.  Having those two underdeck storage areas comboned as one (1400mm long) and insulated would be a real winner for me, the large madfish bag could live in the buks like your does. But if they drain directly into the underdeck area , blood would be an issue? or do they drain to the rear drain area where the bilge pump would be? Sorry for all the questions, and now work is dragging me from the computer, so I'll pm you later. 

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The drains are to the main

Mon, 2017-10-30 09:27

The drains are to the main bilge under the deck, I tend to have 10-20ltrs of water in there keeping everything wet and clean just from deckwash. When i pull the boat out I drain the bilge, reinstall the drain plug and then wash down with fresh water. I let it fill up with fresh water and the remove the drain plug once more for the trip home. Those are the seats mansifield have made. I've seen them in person in a second-hand reefrunner they had for sale and will get some, but @ $600 for one or $1000 for two it wasn’t a cheap option. Might see what Canning Motor Trimmers can come up with.

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 Hi Ranmar where is that

Sun, 2017-10-29 07:22

 Hi Ranmar where is that image with the seating from?

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From Mansfields website

Sun, 2017-10-29 08:09

 mansfieldmarine.com.au/mansfieldmarine/boats-for-sale/new/power-boats/caribbean-2300/208697/   Things have been really quiet at work, spent a lot of time on the net 

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Last day of the season... Bag out - Rotto breakfast by 9am!

Mon, 2017-10-30 10:12

 

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Did you end up installing

Mon, 2017-10-30 13:29

Did you end up installing your MOB+ Daz? I have the new model coming from the USA hopefully arriving mid week.

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Nope, Not yet!

Mon, 2017-10-30 16:21

I will probably order one from the US soon... I've just landed a house reno project to funds and time are (and will remain) poor for the immediate future.
I did get a call from a Perth vendor stating they were in stock now but at $360+++. How many fobs did you order?

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Just the one that's included

Mon, 2017-10-30 19:49

Just the one that's included as it was the last one in the guy's store and he didn't have fobs. I'll just buy extra ones locally as I require them as it's only the difference of $20 and Fell Marine don't post to Australia through Amazon so I need to also pay Shipito to on send it.

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Just finished installing mine

Mon, 2017-11-06 19:45

Just finished installing mine then. Pretty simple installation but the only issue is that it flashes a pretty bright green every few seconds when it's connected which may be an issue at night as I've installed it in the dash next to my gauges. Won't be too hard to fit a cover if need be if it's an issue though.

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Pot tipper

Wed, 2017-11-01 21:02

Fitted the pot tipper this evening. I've had all the gear for a while but wanted to be 100% on position before pointing the holesaw at the fibreglass!
The tipper is the fishwise unit that I had installed on my prior boat. The rod holders are installed with stainless M6 countersunk machine screws with large stainless washers and plenty of Sikaflex. The combings are 15mm solid fibreglass and pretty solid. The tipper and bait board have the same leg spacing so i can have the bait board over on one side if needed or for cooking a BBQ etc.
I also upgraded the deck light to an LED unit from ebay... 75% more light for less amps using the exact same housing.

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Tidy.

Thu, 2017-11-02 08:13

 Looks like you have a trip on the tipper to stop it smacking over if the weight on the rope is angled too far forward or aft?  Good idea, and necessary for safety if your roller is above the pivot point. And a full width roller as well, makes it a lot easier to get it up the last little bit and pivot over without loading the capstan to stalling by choking down the bridle.

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Sleeping

Tue, 2017-11-07 08:31

Started to play around with sleeping arrangements last night... We are planning on our first overnighter soon at Parker Point.

I had intended to get the kids some of the ARB junior swags but after testing last night, it looks like full-size ones might even be the go... Pleased I decided to drop the inbuilt ice box for the extra deck space/flexibility. I can sleep on the deck in my swag now leaving the Mrs and kids in the cabin.

Going to get Canning Motor Trimmers to finish of the full camper to match rear shade also. Will be nice to have some flexibility to close in some/all of the walls for shade and to keep mozzies away. Also want to get a flyscreen made up to go across the front hatch so we can sleep in the cabin with the hatch open.

Would appreciate any feedback anyone has from spend overnight trips on a trailer boat with kids! I really want this to work...

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kids on board...

Tue, 2017-11-14 21:09

Go back thru all my Abrolhos ones 

A difficulty that always pops up is wet decks, takes time to dry and as the sun goes down takes longer and longer, kids sleepier and sleepier

I have a small TV to plug the hard drive in so they can watch a movie or the days gopro shit etc

Keeps them out of your hair in the cabin to nod off while you enjoy the quiet evening having a tipple

In the cabin I just made up squab covers out of old sheets so they only need to throw a doona or one sleeping bag over them all, takes up no room compared to swags etc

Pull the covers off every couple of trips to wash

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Overnighting

Tue, 2017-11-07 15:47

Nice rig Darren! I was very close to getting a Reef Runner and have been watching your post with interest. I ended up getting a 2nd hand Cruisecraft Outsider 595 which is a similar size etc. We overnight at Rotto with 5 & 7 year old. I sleep on the deck and it works well with the kids and wife in the cabin.

Reckon your boat will do it easily, especially with all the fruit you have on it. We prefer to get a beach mooring pen or jetty pen wherever possible as you avoid issues with the anchor dragging overnight. Sleep easier when you know you aren't going anywhere and aren't banging into anyone.

Also make a list of what to take and refine it over time. 6m boat can get very small if you take everything you might need.

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Nothing original here but

Thu, 2017-11-09 19:44

Nothing original here but added a dimmable touch LED Blue/White LED cabin light to the hardtop and a double stainless drinks holder to the dash. These are identical to those offered by a dealer here but i source the items from Amazon/ebay directly at a fraction of the cost. Lighting should never be a problem again now!

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Through Hull

Tue, 2017-11-14 19:50

Zipped on my man suit this afternoon and set to work on installing the through hull scoop for the deck wash/live well after inspiration from the other thread regarding a flexible freshwater tank. For anyone that has owned or played with a Reef Runner you will know that there is 1/5th of f*ck all room in the bilge to play with. It's a job i've been holding back for a while now but have had all the stuff for months...

I rocked the boat back 200mm on the keel rollers to give me some room, which was surprisingly easy. Drilled a pilot hole from the inside using a 3mm drill followed by a hole saw from the underside. Bevelled the edges using some 80grit, clean it up with acetone and gave it a solid coat of resin to seal it and dry overnight.

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Terrifying.

Wed, 2017-11-15 08:56

 I hate putting points of potential failure in a hull. On the subject of holes in the hull, I don't think I could see a drain bung for the deck area in your earlier pics? Just the under deck drain. Don't they have provision to drain out the drop-down area at the very rear against the transom, like most sealed decks?

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The deck isn't sealed. Behind

Wed, 2017-11-15 09:19

The deck isn't sealed. Behind the battery boxes the floor/deck finishes 150mm before the transom to drop down into the bilge. This drops down to the keel of the boat and this is the main drain and location for the bilge pump. Fuel fill and breathers hoses also occupy this space.

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But this section is actually sealed?

Wed, 2017-11-15 15:07

 ie, anywater on the deck runs down into this, but can't run back up under the floor any further?

I probably should just stop bothering you and leave it to when i can actually look at the boat. Hope we can make that happen start of next month.