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Hunter 260 - Big Problems - Water Ballast?

Discussion in 'Smaller Boats' started by Tyler Rippel, Sep 23, 2017. Add this thread to a FAQ

  1. Tyler Rippel

    Tyler Rippel

    Joined Aug 6, 2017
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    Hunter 260
    US Canton, OH Atwood Lake
    Doug, I pulled the boat at around 4-5pm that day, so it had stopped actively leaking after bailing and cranking on the valve seal some more and stabilized for that roughly 8 hour period after the water was removed. I doubt my club is super happy with me either for leaving a 26' boat in our small-ish parking lot but I can't leave the lot with the mast up and I was leaving for Paris the next day, so no way was it just sitting at the dock for more than a week without being sure it wasn't taking on more water.
     


  2. Doug J

    Doug J

    Joined May 2, 2005
    1,028 posts, 32 likes
    Hunter 26
    US San Diego, CA
    Live and learn! Sounds like there isn't anything wrong with the boat. You'll need to get the teak sole insert dried out. That would be my concern. Since it was underwater can it easily be removed to let dry out then glued back down? Also, of course be sure the cushions are all dry or you'll get mold. You should also inspect the rubber seal on the ballast valve.
     


  3. Tyler Rippel

    Tyler Rippel

    Joined Aug 6, 2017
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    Hunter 260
    US Canton, OH Atwood Lake
    It looks like the cabin sole was already replaced as the caulk job is not stellar. Any suggestions on how to remove the sole without damaging it? Any other options for drying out this area? Will it hurt to wait another 3 weeks when the boat is pulled for the season?
     


  4. Tyler Rippel

    Tyler Rippel

    Joined Aug 6, 2017
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    Hunter 260
    US Canton, OH Atwood Lake
    My cabin sole appears to be a thick laminate, not actual wood, for what it's worth.
     


  5. Doug J

    Doug J

    Joined May 2, 2005
    1,028 posts, 32 likes
    Hunter 26
    US San Diego, CA
    Well, if it's original it is a teak laminate, or at least a teak look.
     


  6. Crazy Dave Condon

    Crazy Dave Condon

    Joined Jun 8, 2004
    5,668 posts, 318 likes
    -na -NA
    US Anywhere USA
    Spoke to Tyler just now and he is going to iinvestigate for me on several items. My suspicion will be the hull to deck joint seam on the transom or the knot or depth finder placed on the transom. I will keep you posted. I know the location of the lake where he is at as I placed boats there years ago. As always I do not give out information as to name, place or phone number and that is reciprocal with me.
     


  7. Kermit

    Kermit

    Joined Jul 31, 2010
    3,603 posts, 816 likes
    Hunter 260
    US Sumter, SC Lake Murray Sailing Club, SC
    Then why do I get so many telemarketing calls during supper?
     


  8. Tyler Rippel

    Tyler Rippel

    Joined Aug 6, 2017
    14 posts, 0 likes
    Hunter 260
    US Canton, OH Atwood Lake
    Another development: I believe the main ballast valve/inlet in the bottom of the hull is supposed to have a rubber gasket on top to seal. However, mine is twisted up, folded over, and feels as hard and brittle as an orbital sander pad/disc.

    What material should I purchase and how do I properly replace the gasket? Thanks!
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  9. Tyler Rippel

    Tyler Rippel

    Joined Aug 6, 2017
    14 posts, 0 likes
    Hunter 260
    US Canton, OH Atwood Lake
  10. Crazy Dave Condon

    Crazy Dave Condon

    Joined Jun 8, 2004
    5,668 posts, 318 likes
    -na -NA
    US Anywhere USA
    Reply "Mushi Mushi, Agangkidisca. If telemarkerter, increase your voice saying it again. then say Mushi once very forceful and loud. They generally hang up. Works very well. It is Japanese for saying Hello, how are you doing! Funny thing, Japanese is one language no one seems to learn. Otherwise, do what we did, get rid of the land line which we did and no more darn telemarketers.

    As for going thru a check out line and they are wanting your phone number I generally say no but if they insist, I say for example in my area 540-555-1212 and the bumble heads do not get it. For you see it is the old style phone number request instead of 411 for information. Works like a charm and for the old timers who recognize that one, I generally get some good comments.
     


  11. Tyler Rippel

    Tyler Rippel

    Joined Aug 6, 2017
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    Hunter 260
    US Canton, OH Atwood Lake
    This could explain my taking on water, coupled with a loose/old boat plug currently in use for the air relief valve of the ballast, correct?
     


  12. Crazy Dave Condon

    Crazy Dave Condon

    Joined Jun 8, 2004
    5,668 posts, 318 likes
    -na -NA
    US Anywhere USA
    You do not know yet what the issue is. Do the investigation like we discussed to eliminate the major issues which I think it is going to be the transom hull to deck joint that may be deteriorated or could come from anything hanging in the water on the transom at or near the water line.
     


  13. Doug J

    Doug J

    Joined May 2, 2005
    1,028 posts, 32 likes
    Hunter 26
    US San Diego, CA
    BINGO!!!
     


  14. Doug J

    Doug J

    Joined May 2, 2005
    1,028 posts, 32 likes
    Hunter 26
    US San Diego, CA
    Ballast tank valve rubber seal gets my vote. I betcha a buck that's the problem. When I troubleshoot anything I try to fix what I see is wrong/broke, then take it from there. After you install a new rubber seal and perhaps a new plug, it will be very likely you fixed the problem.

    Always happy to hear that it was a simple thing, easy to fix when it comes to water ingress!
     


  15. Doug J

    Doug J

    Joined May 2, 2005
    1,028 posts, 32 likes
    Hunter 26
    US San Diego, CA


  16. Doug J

    Doug J

    Joined May 2, 2005
    1,028 posts, 32 likes
    Hunter 26
    US San Diego, CA
    Dave, does the hull to deck joint leak typically affect the 260, or is it also a 26 problem?
     


  17. Tyler Rippel

    Tyler Rippel

    Joined Aug 6, 2017
    14 posts, 0 likes
    Hunter 260
    US Canton, OH Atwood Lake


  18. Doug J

    Doug J

    Joined May 2, 2005
    1,028 posts, 32 likes
    Hunter 26
    US San Diego, CA


  19. Kermit

    Kermit

    Joined Jul 31, 2010
    3,603 posts, 816 likes
    Hunter 260
    US Sumter, SC Lake Murray Sailing Club, SC
    Didn’t someone, well maybe lots of people, suggest a mouse pad?
     


  20. Tyler Rippel

    Tyler Rippel

    Joined Aug 6, 2017
    14 posts, 0 likes
    Hunter 260
    US Canton, OH Atwood Lake
    How does one go about the replacement? Does the large handle/wing nut in the bottom step in the cabin come completely off and the whole rod come down through the hull, or do I need to cut the gasket, or does the large flat bottom piece come off the rod somehow to allow for the attachment of the gasket?
     



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