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Our boat is kept in fresh water and I've eliminated the potable water tanks as a source of the leak. I emptied the fwd and aft tanks, and holding tank, and water is still seeping through the surface crack, so that should eliminate plumbing as the source.
In September, the boat was hauled, surveyed, blisters were repaired, and new bottom paint applied. The survey did not note any evidence of leaks anywhere. After launching in early October, the bilge stayed dry for about a month until I noticed about 2” of water had collected. At first, thought it was from rainwater leaking through the side opening ports (needed re-sealing and gaskets replaced). Then noticed water in bilge again soon after the ports were fixed. We haven’t grounded the boat since it’s October launching, so that shouldn’t be an issue.
How does one tell if the leak is from water on the liner? I’m told the Catalina 320 has a liner, but where the leak is, it looks as though it’s against the actual hull and not on the liner. I’ll post a photo as soon as possible.
If the hull were damaged from improper placement of the lifting straps, what recourse would I have with the yard? And then, how does one prove that caused the hull to crack?
We’re in the midst of a drought, so the current lake level makes it impossible to haulout the boat. Sort of caught between a rock and you know where until we get a significant amount of rain to raise the lake level.