S/V Lilo, Islander 32
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Lafayette, Oregon
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Re: where is the water coming from?
While this likely wouldn't account for that much water, here's a story of ours that's similar, having to do with the dorade vent on the bow...
Just after buying our boat, we where moving it south on a trip that took several days. Just before leaving the first day, I broke one of the holding tank Y valves. I wasn't surprised as we new they needed to be replaced soon. The holding tank is under the vee birth, and it leaked lots of yuck that ran down onto the vee-birth floor. (Luckly not too yucky, mostly water)There's a little lip that keeps it from going straight into the bilge.
After fixing the issue and cleaning up the mess, we sailed for the day through some fairly good chop and wind. That night we noticed the vee-birth floor was full of water again.
Very frustrated, we set out cleaning up the mess and double checking the holding tank plumbing. The odd thing was it didn't stick this time.
After scratching my head for a while, I realized the dorade vent on the bow was facing forward and catching all the spray! It opens into the forepeak, and from there could run down under the vee-birth to the floor.
While it's not likely to be something this simple (rarely is) and 10 gallons is a lot to ship through a dorade I would think, I did notice you have a vent there too, and in the photo, it's pointed forward. Worth a check?
1964 Islander 32
Saint Helens, OR