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Sometimes old-timers throw sawdust into the bilge in the hope that it will swell up when it gets wet and fill the gaps the caulkers missed. Water may be seeping in through fittings, as suggested above, or through fastenings, too. Re-caulking may even have increased leakage by forcing the boards further apart. Is the leaking worse while under way? Stopping up the limber holes in different sections of the bilge may help locate where the water is coming from. More details about the type of construction and the boat's design might help garner better advice.