Sisu Attitude...

hibanx

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No I'm not talking about a personality trait. My 22 Sisu with cuddy cabin and inboard configuration has a natural tendency to sit bow heavy. At rest the deck does not like to drain aft, it tends to accumulate rain water etc on the deck until it finds its way into the bilge. The self bailing cockpit only does its job with large quantities of water. The only way I can see to remedy the situation is to add weight aft. I have experimented with a couple of coolers full of water against the transom and that seems to solve the problem. So, I am looking for ideas to permanently add weight to the stern that does not take up any deck space. I considered lead bars, but the bilge all the way aft is very shallow and I don't want to interfere with the rudder and steering gear. Any ideas??
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F/V First Team

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Usually lead is the answer, like you considered. In the hard to reach places and so that the weight doesn't shift you might consider lead shot mixed with resin then you poor it in the spots that you want. Fairly self-leveling and easy to put in hard to reach places. A large funnel and a tube works pretty sweet.

Just a thought.
 

captainlarry84

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Very pretty boat. Nice colors express very sweet. In looking at her it appears that you are in for the long haul. What is your current power?

I would research pushing the motor back about 8s (This is the research part). With the boat sitting level you will pick up some speed, a dryer ride & efficiency. Moving the motor is a good long haul fix & I bet she would run like a deer with nice dry windshields.

Adding weigh only lowers the stern to meet the bow. You need to lift the bow to meet the stern.

She is only a 22 most likely with a bronze stern tube. Should not be a big issue job.

Lastly if that is not a option I would look to move around some current weigh. If your batteries are in front of the engine. Move them aft. If you store and gear in the bow or have a water tank maybe a relocation.
 

Capttony

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mine is the same , its plows . when i have passengers on deck it rides fine. I think this was designed in . These boats for their size can carry a lot of weight on deck. remember when they were built (late70's ) guys were still fishing wood traps . i thought about ballast but i didn't want my guests getting their feet wet. just my 2 cents .
 

steveinak

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how about some sort of livewell/baitwell/cooler across the stern ? Sort of like the built in the gunnel lobster tanks popular on Rhode Island boats. L x W x H divided by 231 will give you gallons X 8lbs will let you know aprox how much weight you will add back there.
 
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SHORT STEP

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what if u raised the deck 1 1/2 in or so up front and taper it to the rear , did it to my eastporter and it solved the problem . could also put 1" scuppers up front
bob
 
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