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prj posted 04-03-2002 02:48 PM ET (US)   Profile for prj   Send Email to prj  
[I moved this comment from another section of the FORUM and started a new thread--jimh.]

In reviewing several threads, including the FAQ section regarding waterlogged foam interiors, I have a concern: the exposed sprue hole (per cetacea p. 50) in the bow locker of my 15-Striper.

Based upon the discussion of water introduction through exposed foam, would not this be the perfect entry point? I typically use the front locker as either a bait well or a live well, but based upon the comments I'm finding herein, I am inclined to discontinue this practice.

Why would BW design the 15 (others also?) with this "feature" knowing full well that water is contained in the locker?

Any thoughts or concerns from others regarding the exposed foam ring?

jimh posted 04-03-2002 07:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Some others have spoken of a molded cap which covers the sprue hole, but on my 15-footer it is not covered. The foam does appear, however, to be rather water resistant. Water tends to bead up on it, and it shows no sign of absorbtion.

For much of the time we've been talking about this issue, my boat has been in indoor winter storage. I expect to get it out soon, and I'll take a new look at that foam in the forward locker.

--jimh

CUOffshore posted 04-03-2002 07:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for CUOffshore  Send Email to CUOffshore     
Relax and use and enjoy your boat. No water will be "absorbed" through that area of your bow locker. I use mine as a fishbox and it STAYS wet. It's sealed. Don't worry about it.
Flipper posted 04-03-2002 08:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for Flipper  Send Email to Flipper     
My sprue is not sealed either,and with a mushroom anchor riding on it for 15 years, I've had no sign of absorption.
jimithing posted 04-04-2002 09:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimithing  Send Email to jimithing     
87 15 supersport ditto here. Foam in locker does not absorb. Wonder why it is different there than when the water impregnates the foam inside the hull...must be magic foam.
prj posted 04-04-2002 09:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for prj  Send Email to prj     
thanks gents. as i understand it, i should relax and not be concerned about the exposed interior foam of the hull at the bow locker location as this portion is quite possibly "magic foam" and not prone to water absorption as other hull foam may be.

said semi-facetiously, but actually is the answer(s) i was looking for as we all know storage space is at a premium.

ditto here on the anchor storage, fluke type, in addition to filling it with water, fish and baitfish. plug kept in. patrick

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