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Old 06-01-2009
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trouble in paradise

Had to haul out my boat last monday. The family had been out saturday sailing and swimming off the boat - not much wind, but fun.

Monday (Memorial day) I went to the boat for a solo sail in the rain. I found the boat riding low in the water, the bilge awash and our plastic storage tubs floating. I knew the windows leaked rainwater, but this was something more. Water was actively coming in through a 1/4" hole in the bilge under the companionway step.

Long story even longer, I called the wife to bring our truck so we could haul out the boat. Our first "haul out" as we bought the boat floating. The PO apparently screwed up the trailer somehow, so that the boat doesn't rest on the keel but rather sits heavily on the bunks (with some very minor hull deflection). I'll have to work on adjusting that, but it's a story for another time.

Anyway, when we hauled it out, the water was still actively coming in through the 1/4" hole. I figured out that water must be draining back from some other parts of the bilge that weren't freely connected.

I spent this past saturday on the boat trying to track down the leak. Scupper drains, motor mount though bolts, various through-hull fittings, etc. They all appear to be fairly secure. then I checked out the area where the pinn holds the swing keel to the keel trunk. I expected some leakage there, but I left it till last, because I figured "a little weeping" couldn't be responsible for all the water I encountered. Guess what? I was right. Weeping wasn't the problem - the fiberglass of the keel trunk that supports the swing-keel pin is delaminating. The stainless plates with rubber gaskets that keep the pin where it belongs practically came off in my hands, and the fiberglass is mushy in that area.

Anybody else ever had this problem?

I think I'll have to cut/grind away the area, rebuild it, and redrill the keel pin hole. I'm sure it will need some kind of bushing but I don't know whether to glass in a bushing as I build it up, or build it solid, drill it oversize and epoxy in a bushing.

Any idea's???
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