Fact of life. Wooden hulls seep or leak. Or so the story goes.
In many ways that make sense since the timbers shrink when dry and expand /seal again when moist, so seepage is part of the process.
At what point is seepage considered a Leak?
Ive been asking around and discovered that some Scottish Fishermen consider 9 gallons an hour on a 90ft wooden trawler to still be considered JUST seepage
1/10 of a gallon per foot sounds Excessive to me
But I'm curious to hear what others consider the break off point between seepage and an actual Leak.
What rules of thumb are in play out there for those with wooden hulls?
Some folks reckon a drop of salt water about the bilge is good for a wooden hull, others freak out at the idea of ANY water getting in.
Do you consider it time to recaulk if the bilge pumps run a few seconds every hour?
Do you judge your boat by a number of gallons pumped out in a day?
Whats YOUR personal benchmark?