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irwin 38mk1 1972 sinking

hi there all, i am in a bit of sticky situation, i have a old 1972 irwin 38 mk1with aft cockpitt ,this boat i bought 8 months ago and i knew it took on water about 4 gallons a week , this boat is sat in my dock has not moved in 3 months , now its taking on water over the floor every two days , i have looked to see were but all i can see is that its not coming from the rear rather from the middle of the boat , this boat has a swing keel , i thought may be that its something to do with the cable that operates the keel and water is passing though this hole as i said this all started 4 days ago this boat has not moved or hit anything or rained any help would be great ,
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Cracked center board trunk?
Close off the seacocks, pump it dry, and look around for the leak or leaks.
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Have you checked the stuffing box where the propeller shaft comes through the hull on the inside and goes to the engine. If that is leaking heavily rather than a drip or two each minute...that could be the issue. Tighten up on the nut there to slow down the leak if that is the case.
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Can you haul it out? It would be easier to check the bottom with the boat out of water.

Do you know for certain where all of the through-hulls are? A leak in the cooling water? A siphon?
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i have found the leak , it was the speed senser in the hull which was mounted in a piece of wood and one time covered in a rubber coating , in short all my attempts to plug this has failed , so the boat will be taken out of the water, thank you to all that replied to my message
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