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RL24 MK3 Questions
Me and my dad recently bought an RL24 and are still fairly new to it as we have only been able to take it out once. I have a few questions on it.
We were looking to setup an In Hull transducer but I cannot find if or where the fiberglass is cored. Since the transducer cannot go through coring. Is there a diagram of where it is cored or is there any?
Secondly, under the front cushion there is a lid and compartment, I assume this is for the water ballast? Is this true? If so does it automatically fill when you are going and then just shut the lid when it is full? Or is there a filing/draining valve?
Lastly, for the self righting. I read that for swing keels they need to be locked in place otherwise the keel can go back up into the boat and therefore negate the self righting. Is there a locking mechanism or does it not matter?
Thank you for any and all help. I have read over the manual and it was help for a lot of my questions, however it seems some was left out, I assume because it is usually basic knowledge to most.
Sterling 3-Jan-2015    Edit    Delete 
Re: RL24 MK3 Questions
Hi Sterling,
the answers to most of your questions will be found in the 'tips and modifications' section on this site. If you go to the specifications for the '24 you will see where the buoyancy is built in. Rob designed the boat to be self-righting with the keel in the raised condition.
Hope this helps,
Regards Martyn
martyn 5-Jan-2015    Edit    Delete 
Re: RL24 MK3 Questions
Yes I was able to see where the diagram showed where buoyancy and storage was built in. So then I assume there is no water ballast in the front berth then? It had an interesting configuration inside of it with what looked like possible water baffles.
That is excellent that it is self righting with the Keel up.
I was able to see in the Tips and Mods for a mounting a transducer. However that looks like a generic diagram on any fiberglass boat. Is there any drawing or diagram of where the RL24 is cored? Or is there any coring at all?
Thank you so much for pointing me to the Tips and Mods, I don't know how I overlooked that.
Sterling 5-Jan-2015    Edit    Delete 
Re: RL24 MK3 Questions
The only boats that had a core were four Mark IV boats, they had Kevlar hulls and a HD foam core, and as far as I know two of those are still in the hands of the origonal owners so it is unlikly that you own one, and as Martyn has stated all of the boats had built in bouyancy including the forward compartment. Be aware though as some of the compartments may have been breached by a former owner.
The boats were not origonaly fitted with lock down keel mechanism as this is a recent requirement for racing.
Rob Legg 6-Jan-2015    Edit    Delete 
Re: RL24 MK3 Questions
Excellent, both of you thank you SO much for the help on these questions. When its summer again in the US Ill have to take a peek in that forward compartment and see if the previous owner had tried to rig something up.
Sterling 7-Jan-2015    Edit    Delete 
Re: RL24 MK3 Questions
I have an American boat, and I do know that there is a wood core on either side of the center board. I do not know how far it extends in front of the center board, or if it goes behind the center board, but I know it runs either side. I do not know how wide it is. The only reason I know it is there is because mine had 2 3/4" holes drilled into the floor when I bought the boat. You could stick your finger about 3 inches down into the hole.
Daveinet 9-Jan-2015    Edit    Delete 
Re: RL24 MK3 Questions
I can not vouch for the US built boats, as the builders there did some strange things at times and did not always follow the guidelines that they were given, and one of the main problems was their insistance in fitting masts that were way too heavy and stiff.
Rob Legg 10-Jan-2015    Edit    Delete 

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