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02-09-2009 10:36 PM
lbdavis Small leaks could be bad leaks if you don't know the source. The small amount of water making it to the bilge could be all thats left of water that got in. The rest of the water could be getting absorbed by deck core, a bulkhead, furniture, etc.

Next thing you know, water on the brain.

You'll be much happier when you know it's source.
02-09-2009 09:56 PM
maddata The shaft is dripless so I doubt that is it. And its on the hard.

I agree and thanks to all who chimed in -- likely not catastrophic here. I did give the manual pump a few tries but I dont think it hurt anything. The batteries are disconnected on the electric pump so we're good there.

I liked the blue chalk idea. This leak has been killing me since last season so I need to figure it out now. I dont really want to unstep the mast to figure this one out though -- not that bad of a leak!
02-09-2009 07:45 PM
citation34 If you're getting some water intrusion while in the water might also check the packing gland on the prop shaft. Might need a tweak.
02-09-2009 07:21 PM
Cruisingdad
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Originally Posted by chucklesR View Post
The only issue I see is a) you need to disconnect your bilge pump so it doesn't try to run while frozen
b) you need to find the source, blue chalk helps you to trace water leaks, just sprinkle it on the likely places and see if a water trace runs through it (you can get it in bulk from a hardware store, use the chalk made for chalk lines).

and of course C) your bilge is too small to open a for profit ice rink
d) You need to move somewhere warmer!!!

- CD
02-09-2009 07:19 PM
chucklesR The only issue I see is a) you need to disconnect your bilge pump so it doesn't try to run while frozen
b) you need to find the source, blue chalk helps you to trace water leaks, just sprinkle it on the likely places and see if a water trace runs through it (you can get it in bulk from a hardware store, use the chalk made for chalk lines).

and of course C) your bilge is too small to open a for profit ice rink
02-09-2009 05:07 PM
brak Even with a deck stepped mast the mast post may leak depending on design and what is above. On my old Beneteau, there were wire connectors above mast compression post and also it's own bolts actually went through the deck. The area was covered with liner so it wasn't obvious immediately where the water intrusion is, but it did actually leak both into and outside the compression post and then down into the bilge. A proper cleaning and resealing of all bolts and fixtures solved the issue

So, it is still an area worth checking.
02-09-2009 03:04 PM
RanAweigh Elixir of time is a great medicine here. Unless there is so much ice in the boat it is in danger of falling over there is no rush. Let the boat thaw. Don't try to pump. Don't try to chip the ice. If its really getting to you, as ScottyT suggests you can bring a heater to the boat to speed things along.
02-09-2009 03:03 PM
lbdavis If your mast is deck stepped that shouldn't be the leak. But if the boat is covered well enough to keep the deck dry, you may have to blame the deck step. Either way - you need to locate the leak to at least know what you're dealing with..

If you see and feel no visual evidence of the source of the leak, I suggest you start at the end and work your way back. Be creative. You could snap some chalk lines near the top of your bilge to see where the water is entering the bilge, then work your way "up" to the source.
02-09-2009 02:57 PM
scottyt you might want to try to get a small heater in it, if you can get power. if not how about a few oil lamps, light em and let them run out of oil. another option is to get a mr heater and run that till out of propane. now it would dump lots of water vapor but what you could do is close the boat, with the heater running, come back a few hours latter pump out the water then open the boat up to get the humidity out. if you have a honda genny or borrow one you could run that to run the heater till out of fuel, then pump.
02-09-2009 02:53 PM
JohnRPollard
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Originally Posted by maddata View Post
...Batteries disconnected so no concern with the electric pump running. Tried the manual bilge pump as it is starting to thaw, but I think the hose is still frozen in the bilge.
I would advise against trying to operate any of the bilge pumps, electric or manual. Hopefully you put some pink anti-freeze in the bilge when you laid-up the boat for the winter, and pumped it out through both bilge pumps.

This will protect them from damage -- but not if you actuate them and replace the antifreeze with fresh water.
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