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The most common culprit for leaks in the rain are: the mast, if it is keel stepped; the chain plates, unless they are external to the hull, and any hatches or ports, especially opening ports.
One good way to help trace leaks is to sprinkle baby powder around the inside of the boat, and then any leaks will leave traces and tracks in the baby powder.
One word of warning... leaks, once they enter the boat, can go a long way before they are actually visible inside the boat. On a friend's boat, the forward port chain plate was leaking, but it didn't show up inside the boat until about six or seven feet from where the actual leak was, and initially appeared to be a port on the port side of the hull.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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