Islander Yacht Fan
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Kent Island
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Re: Leak detection help-- I30 Bahama
Congrats on your IB30 - I have an 81 that I've been through similar issues with - it ended up being an issue with the windows in the salon - the big ones - water was literally pouring in and sliding down the sides of the boat under the vinyl headliner - I ended up ordering new windows for it and after I mounted them most of the issues went away - I'd love to have a completely dry bilge, but in most bots (especially with a non-dripless stuffing box) I don't know if this is a reality - I'm always sure to keep an eye on it and the auto bilge pumps work well to keep it under control. Every month or so I do suck it dry with the shop vac, but its never more than a gallon or so that the bilge pump leaves behind.
Other culprits besides what you've mentioned, are the Jib tracks, and the toe rails - in general terms these were factory sealed, but depending on the conditions the boat has been kept in the sealant is capable of failing - the good news is Islander made it very easy to reach all of the nuts under the deck for removal and re-bed - even if some boat yoga is involved in getting to them - they are ss, 1/4-20 with 7/16 nuts - there are a bunch of them. Hope this helps - PM me if you have other questions.