Testing the ballast tanks

Take a deep breath, switch on the pump and let’s see what happens…

tank 1

It takes just over three minutes to pump 290 litres of sea water into the tank. The forward perspex hatch let us look for Nemo. This next picture shows the boat heeled over with the starboard tank filled.

heeled

Overflow openings in the tanks show when the tank is full of seawater, there are two: one to evacuate air and the other (the clear plastic pipe) to show the tank is full.

overflow

We had three minor leaks down below, easily repaired with epoxy resin.