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Please help with this mystery!

Recently bought an 1983 Allmand 31... several times I dried out the bilge and almost immediately it began to fill up with water... there has NOT been any rain... where could the water be coming from... my worst fear is that the source of the water may be coming from within the hull... that the hull is saturated with water... could this be true?

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Ask your surveyor.
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Where are you? Is the water salt? or are you on a lake..

Flash bulletin... you've got a leak!! (hopefully only in your water tank)

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Is the boat in the water or on the hard?

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Re: Please help with this mystery!

Is the boat floating or on blocks/trailer?

Sample the water and find out if its potable (from fresh water tank) "odoriferous" (from the sewage tank) or matches the water the boat typically floats in... or rain.
This is the beginning of figuring out the source.
I don't recommend tasting as part of the testing... Others might.

You can get some info with a cheap pool water test kit and comparing the sample from the bilge with the most easily sampled sources. Similar chlorine and acid content vs extremely different.
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Forgot to mention it is on the hard and has been for more than a year!!!
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didn't check the water tank... after more than a year I assumed it would have leaked out by now...

the water seems clear... no odor...
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Time to pull up floorboards and open lockers. You've gotta find the leak before the water runs out. Follow the water trail back to the source. At least you won't sink!

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If your fresh water tank and pipes are good, they should hold water for years. But there's a problem in leaving them full if it freezes, because then the water turning to ice can burst pipes. (then it doesn't hold the water any more)

Assuming its not the potable water system leaking, and a year on the hard... that pretty much makes it rain seepage soaking insulation then slowly filtering to the bilge.
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look at your fresh water gauge you might have a slow leak. Also depending on how frequently you check your boat... AND if it has a keel stepped mast... you will have water entering from the mast... not only the partners but via the halyard exits.
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