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Nearly sank the yak..

Nearly sank the yak..

Postby laneends » 25 Jan 2017, 18:36

Bit of a late report but the other week out of kirks point, I was drifting for squid, gave up and headed out to spoil grounds to soak some baits. opened the hatch to switch jigs for hooks and found several inches of water in the hull and tackle boxes floating around WTF :o

Quickly pulled up anchor, whipped out the hand pump and pedaled back pronto while pumping away. Luckily tide was in so landed on headland rather than having to make it back to launch. Dragged it up on beach. My dumbass fault. This was the culprit
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yak was stinking after last trip so i flushed and drained it, and forgot to put the small drain plug back in properly. :oops:

It is easy to do as you dont notice it when packing away or setting up as it is small and underneath, not like the regular ones. So late model Adventure owners who have these drains be aware, don't leave it unattended to drain or you may forget.

Lucky points:
~wasn't at plan A ie Lang lang chasing tide out , hence nowhere to beach
~mill pond conditions so no destabilizing issues, and could leave hatch open to pump
~Had the appropriate pump to hand
~pedal yak so could pump and pedal at same time
~dont use a fitted tackle tray and so could see water as soon as opened hatch
~Hadn't gone on a big trip and so was only about 1km or so out.
~High tide allowed for beaching on otherwise rocky point.

Just shows how easily things can go pear shaped, it could easily have been a lot worse under different conditions. Doubt if I will use that drain again, its a disaster waiting to happen
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Re: Nearly sank the yak..

Postby Rhino » 25 Jan 2017, 18:49

With all the yaks I owned over the years I never removed a bung/drain plug (except in one re-entry video for effect). After washing, I always bailed or sponged out excess water from the front hatch.
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Re: Nearly sank the yak..

Postby laneends » 25 Jan 2017, 18:54

Rhino wrote:With all the yaks I owned over the years I never removed a bung/drain plug (except in one re-entry video for effect). After washing, I always bailed or sponged out excess water from the front hatch.

Ditto this was first time I ever did that and probably why I forgot to screw it back in. Lesson learned. This drain seems to be a recent model addition. Old adventure doesn't have it, and I dont think regular revo or outback has it.
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Re: Nearly sank the yak..

Postby ratfish » 25 Jan 2017, 19:29

I undid mine recently to flush it and that was the primary reason for a quick stop when I ran into you the other day Daz, luckily the AI can handle a bit of extra water...
Glad it worked out okay for you
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Re: Nearly sank the yak..

Postby Justo » 25 Jan 2017, 19:34

Glad it turned out o.k for you Keith.
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Re: Nearly sank the yak..

Postby vicyak » 25 Jan 2017, 20:29

I did that a little while ago. Didn't take on much water however I was only on the water for 5 minutes before the light bulb went off in my head.

When I flipped the yak and they guys towed the yak back to shore the hull was I'd say close to 100% full of water. Didn't sink. Great design PA14
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Re: Nearly sank the yak..

Postby cruiser » 25 Jan 2017, 21:00

About 2 years ago at South West Rocks a fella climbed to the back of his yak and began to head butt 2 to 3 ft waves ,not that I would know anything about that :roll:
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Re: Nearly sank the yak..

Postby Yako » 26 Jan 2017, 21:09

I'm with Rhino there. I never take bungs out but tip forward & sponge/bail :up:
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Re: Nearly sank the yak..

Postby chunk9000 » 26 Jan 2017, 22:00

I was wondering what you were talking about in your recent report Keith. I know I have made mistakes and forgotten things when rushing or talking at launch. I have a bit of a routine when setting up (OCD maybe?) but helps me get things right. Glad you got in ok.
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Re: Nearly sank the yak..

Postby Tim399 » 27 Jan 2017, 07:02

Geez lucky you had all those points on your side mate, I'm glad it turned out ok and you made it back safely
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