Petrel AeroCraft 12 ft aluminum sailboat

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  1. Sailing down the river

    Sailing down the river

    Joined Aug 13, 2017
    2 posts, 0 likes
    Petrel lcn 2 foot aluminu Serial sb 12. 121. Mast says sb 350
    Ca Ottawa
    I just got a SB-12 Petrel sailboat and in the back are 2 big holes about 2 inches across. The guy said that they are to have plugs in them And that they are for draining the sailboat. He could not find replacement plugs. Are they necessary, could i have them closed in. I know in my motor boat I have them but they Are only one inch across and you have to be going quite fast when you pull them out to drain. So where could i buy the big plugs, if that is what is supose to be there or can i fill them in. Also i have no idea how to set everything up, the ropes the mast, actually, he just gave it all to me and i have to figure it out. Is there a sight i can go to see how to rig it all up. The serial no says. SB-12. 121. But the sail says. Sb 350. Pls can someone help me.
     


  2. waterpirate

    waterpirate

    Joined Sep 6, 2015
    110 posts, 20 likes
    Unknown snipe
    US delaware bay
    Not familiar with the hull, but a hole is a hole. I would caution against anything permanent till you get more info. I would suggest 2" test plugs commonly available at lowes and home depot. Insert them in the holes and turn the thumb screw and they expand until a rubber gasket seals the hole.
    Eric
     


  3. Rick Webb

    Rick Webb

    Joined Jun 2, 2004
    2,827 posts, 187 likes
    Hunter 23.5
    US Fort Walton Yacht Club, Florida
    Tennis Balls
    Run a bungee cord through the tennis ball then pull it through the drain hole, now secure the bungee so that there is just enough tension to hold the ball over the hole and your all set.
     


  4. Captn Scotty

    Captn Scotty

    Joined Mar 15, 2013
    197 posts, 35 likes
    Islander 32 mkll
    Ca Comox Hrb.
    That vessel might sail dry with the holes open, it may be a type of self bailing system, have you tried floating it yet?
     


  5. Sailing down the river

    Sailing down the river

    Joined Aug 13, 2017
    2 posts, 0 likes
    Petrel lcn 2 foot aluminu Serial sb 12. 121. Mast says sb 350
    Ca Ottawa
    No i have not put it in the water, the holes are only an inch from the bottom, so once i get in it the water will come in
     


  6. Gunni

    Gunni

    Joined Mar 16, 2010
    5,943 posts, 1,489 likes
    Beneteau 411 Oceanis
    US Annapolis
    The holes are to drain the boat after capsize. You sail with plugs in.
     


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  7. JohnShannon

    JohnShannon

    Joined Jan 4, 2010
    727 posts, 78 likes
    Farr 30
    US San Francisco
    used to call this transom flaps. So you had a piece of plexiglass hinged at the top of the hole, pulled to seal by a bit of bungy cord fastened somewhere in the boat. So normally sealed. Post capsize the boat has water in it, loose the bunny cord as you start sailing again all the water rushes to the back of the boat and out the transom flaps, dry in no time.
     


  8. JohnShannon

    JohnShannon

    Joined Jan 4, 2010
    727 posts, 78 likes
    Farr 30
    US San Francisco
    Actually strike that, the Petrel used funnels to plug those holes. Find a funnel bigger than the hole, bungy cord with a knot in the middle fasten the bungy on the inside of the boat, it is water tight. Post capsize once you are righted release the bungy.
     




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