Hi chaps. Today I started to work on my drenell T class sub. First time in water. This is just the bear hull with props in place. The hull fills water and goes to the bottom like a stone. So here are my questions. 1. Should the hull itself have negative buoyancy when in the bear state or should it sink. 2. How low should the hull sit in the water when WTC cylinder is included. Thanks, Michael
Just the bare hull? Do you have a ballast system installed?
If you have a ballast system, and what type, will make the best advice if it should be negative buoyant or positive (and add personal preference into the mix). I have gas based systems that I keep positive buoyant (so with tanks flooded about an inch or about 25mm above the surface). If it is just a empty hull, then yes it will sink as the material it is made from is heavier than water (~ 1 to 1.7 times I have been told). If you are doing this to figure what size ballast tank you need to lift it up, Then you add closed cell foam to the sides (below waterline) or beneath until you get the correct waterline. Then add a percentage just as a safety and to compensate for add ons.
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