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Leak - from keel joint?

I have a leak below my waterline as my bilge pump cycles every 2-5 minutes and removes 1-2 cups of water every time.

I will check all of my through hulls but how do I know if it is coming from the keel/hull joint? How does one repair this?

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First, assume it's something easy. Why would you think it involves the keel? This leak can come from any of the through-hulls, your head, your motor, fresh water tanks, holding tank (you would probably know this by now, though ), the stuffing box or from other sources.

Unless you have very good reason to suspect the keel, examine the other sources carefully.

Assuming the keel is the culprit, there is no way you can diagnose this without having more information.

What makes you suspect the keel/hull joint?
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First, try and figure out if it's salt or fresh water then find the source. Takting is usually the easiest way..
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The first thing I would check is a dripping stuffing box. If you don't know what that is...follow your engine shaft to where it exits the boat. If you find that area dripping or wet...you've found your problem. Check Halekais article for how to fix it!
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