Avon ballast question

Discussion in 'Dinghies' started by ScottQ, Jun 29, 2020.

  1. ScottQ

    ScottQ New Member

    2
    Jun 29, 2020
    Avon dingy
    Tahatsu 4hp
    I just bought a used 10 ft Avon Rib and am a little confused with the ballast setup. On the stern of the boat there is a drain hull on the engine mount and a hole underneath that which I'm assuming is to fill the bottom chamber of the rib with water as ballast. The boat didnt come with a plug for that so I launched it with it open. I'm running a 4hp tahatsu and it was very slow going. Felt like dragging along. My question is do I need to plug that hole or regulate the amount of water I let in so I can get the boat going a little quicker. Thanks for any insight.
     
  2. Great lakes pirate

    Great lakes pirate Active Member

    581
    Jan 5, 2010
    Lake St. Clair
    2000 35 Tiara Open
    Cummins 6BTA's
    370
    That chamber should not have any water in it. You need to empty it, then get a plug with a gasket that will keep the water out.
     
  3. ScottQ

    ScottQ New Member

    2
    Jun 29, 2020
    Avon dingy
    Tahatsu 4hp
    Thanks. Couldnt figure out why it's there.
     

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