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Just for completeness, I received the following from Porters in response to my query:
There are three buoyancy tanks –
1. The obvious foretank which runs from a ring frame under the mast to the
stem of the boat – this is drained by sponging the water out of the central
hatch in front of the mast.
2. Everything from the ring frame to the transom which is drained by the
bung in the transom which is also accessed by the hatch in the rudder post.
3. Lastly there is an under floor tank which is drained by the bung in the
ring frame which is located under the mast in the fore tank – empty the fore
tank – leave the boat bow down – remove bung and see if water comes out. If
its in there but does not come out it will be because there is no air
entering the tank and so it creates a vacuum and stops the water coming out.
One inserts a small pipe (like a fish pond aerator pipe) and blow air in.
Normally this tank should get no water into it but sometimes people try and
drain the fore tank into this area because they do not understand the
Note from the above there are no side tanks – the hatches in the front area
allow the laminators to ensure that the jointing paste has spread around the
ring frame physically.
I hope this clears up the lay – out of the tanks;
I hope you managed to get all the water out in the end…