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OH NO, Where did all that water come from?
I finnally put the boat in the water this past week with minor problems. A drip, drip from the stern tube and an impeller that wouldn't pump. I changed the impeller and while I was at it a hose that had seen better days. Everytrhing was tight and the boat sat happy for two days with only the drip, drip from the stern tube.
Yesterday I was taking down to the mooring, a 25 mile trip and all was well, I checked the bilges every few minutes and was about to start relaxing when I looked again and we had water to the floorboards. We had been running on the engine for 30 minutes before this. The boat is a 33 foot Offshore, with a Universal 16.
I stopped the engine, shut the seacock to the engine (all others were closed) passed up the lifejackets and begun to pump. Using two bilge pumps and a hand pump it was cleared in a few minutes.
Here is the mystery:
1- Nothing appears to be leaking in the engine. All hoses are tight, the heat exchanger is not leaking, my new impeller is pumping.
2- All other seacocks are closed and dry
3- I can't find a leak!
We motored back (after my heart settled down) with no problem and no leak.
Where did the water come from???