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    Removing foam out of Quintrex Runabout

    Hi All,

    I have a 4.5m 2009 Quintrex runabout with metal paneling around the port and starboard hull. After digging out the rusted in screws and getting the panels off I found that the builders have filled the voids with packing foam I assume for flotation reasons in the case of a capsize.
    Due to the very limited floor space and storage around the boat I am trying to come up with ways to store gear.

    Is there any risk in removing some of this foam so I can build in some storage solutions? Has anyone done something similar I can see your pictures of?

    Also the boat has a sub floor fuel tank and there may be options for some storage around it which I have seen on other boat sales of the similar model. Anyone done something similar there?

    Cheers for any responses!

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    Re: Removing foam out of Quintrex Runabout

    Hello IIGnomeII,

    Think very carefully before removing that foam.

    Most tinny's have inadequate positive flotation and will sink like a stone or roll inverted when flooded.
    Foam under the gunnels is intended to prevent the capsize.
    If you are that short of storage maybe that is nature's way of telling you that you are taking too much stuff.
    4.5m boats have plenty of room for storage boxes etc.
    I once tested my 12 foot tinny by taking off the motor and replacing that weight with house bricks.
    It was a well regarded brand and it sank like a stone, I was much more careful after that.

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    Re: Removing foam out of Quintrex Runabout

    Quintrex fits the minimum required to achieve the flotation requirements

    I wouldn’t be touching it

    But then I have a fear of having to swim to save myself which next to no can do

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    Re: Removing foam out of Quintrex Runabout

    I guess to put it another way, foam is like life jackets, seat belts, fire extinguishers and insurance, none of them are needed, until they are! the foam serves no purpose at all, UNTILL the poo hits the fan, then you will wish you had double the amount.
    Last edited by Noelm; 07-11-2019 at 06:51 PM. Reason: Typo

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    Re: Removing foam out of Quintrex Runabout

    Yer what the others have said don't do it your the skipper and your the one they will put in jail if something goes wrong out on the water.

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    Re: Removing foam out of Quintrex Runabout

    Cheers all for the responses.
    I did figure that the consensus would be to leave it alone, just trying to work out ways to fit gear around the boat that won't get in the way.
    Might need to get creative some other way

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    Re: Removing foam out of Quintrex Runabout

    Hi

    Sounds like you have a couple of options.

    Take less gear ( too hard, I know)
    Buy a bigger boat. (best option IMHO)

    Where are you located, its not showing on your avatar.

    Chimo
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    Re: Removing foam out of Quintrex Runabout

    Maybe you can have your cake and eat it too..........I know I got a lot more foam in a tinnie I bought new years ago.When I pulled up the floor for the first time There were a lot of gaps so I filled them and shaped foam to fit snug to the curves up the bow.There is a formula of how much a cubic metre of foam will float,work out how much you need to be legal and start shaping it to fit the places that the factory leave empty then see what space your left with......might work might not.

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    Re: Removing foam out of Quintrex Runabout

    Can we see this metal panelling i am quiet lost as to how its laid out in a modern hull i am picturing from the gunnels to the floor..

    Sounds almost as if someone has added this to your hull quintrex as far as im aware dont use panels on port and starboard sides..

    If it has been added that alone could be excess weight that may sink the hull

    I have owned a couple older quintrex's and the only foam was under the seats in a fishabout but my bigger quintrex had foam under the floor and under the gunnels

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    Re: Removing foam out of Quintrex Runabout

    For a while at one stage Quintrex got all caught up in the safety hyperbole and started offering models that had “level” floatation ratings, rather than the more common “basic” floatation (boat floats when swamped but not necessarily upright).

    What level floatation standard required, was foam up the sides and under the gunnels, which effectively destroyed the normally expected side pocket storage area found in most boats. That area was covered with alloy panels to hold the foam in place.

    I dont think they have continued to do that now because of the backlash from fishers about the lack of places to store the normal fishing paraphernalia that we all stash in the side pocket areas.

    Removing the side foam would likely alter the floatation of the boat back to “basic”.
    Note to self: Don't argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience....

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    Re: Removing foam out of Quintrex Runabout

    Thanks for that Moon i personally have never seen it before

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    Re: Removing foam out of Quintrex Runabout

    Quote Originally Posted by Moonlighter View Post
    For a while at one stage Quintrex got all caught up in the safety hyperbole and started offering models that had “level” floatation ratings, rather than the more common “basic” floatation (boat floats when swamped but not necessarily upright).

    What level floatation standard required, was foam up the sides and under the gunnels, which effectively destroyed the normally expected side pocket storage area found in most boats. That area was covered with alloy panels to hold the foam in place.

    I dont think they have continued to do that now because of the backlash from fishers about the lack of places to store the normal fishing paraphernalia that we all stash in the side pocket areas.

    Removing the side foam would likely alter the floatation of the boat back to “basic”.
    Bluefin did the same thing for a while , mine was pre that idea
    A bad days fishing has got to be better than any day at work......


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    Re: Removing foam out of Quintrex Runabout

    Quote Originally Posted by bluefin59 View Post
    Bluefin did the same thing for a while , mine was pre that idea
    I think that some marketing boffin decided that the safety angle would win sales big time for them ....

    Only thing is they forgot to ask the people that actually go fishing in their boats... just a minor tactical error...
    Note to self: Don't argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience....

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