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02-06-2014 05:27 PM
Dave_E
Re: How much water is normal?

After going through this recently (and asking the same question), this is my opinion. If your boat is not wood... it should be dry... all the time, UNLESS you have a conventional prop shaft packing (which I understand do drible) or simply have leaks in your boat. The leaks could be anything from the mast to portlights. Your taking on too much water!
02-06-2014 04:02 PM
Don0190
Re: How much water is normal?

Quote:
Originally Posted by lancelot9898 View Post
If you have a keel steped mast, then depending on rainfall and locations of cutouts for the internal halyards that about of water is not surprising.
On my last boat with a keel stepped mast 4 gallons in a few months was normal. One on the reasons I was happy to have a deck stepped mast on my current boat.
02-06-2014 02:37 PM
CruisingCouple
Re: How much water is normal?

90% chance that if there's nothing else obvious, on a Pearson the keel bolts are corroded and started to leak. The keel bolts are vertical out of the top of the keel and IIRC the 3rd or 4th one back on the starboard side has the boat's grounding system attached to it. You'll probably find significant corrosion on that bolt. Can't be fixed in the water. The boat has to be hauled out and drop the keel out.

If you pull the cabin sole plate and see that the nuts and washers are badly corroded, squirt them right away with WD-40 or equivalent, and keep them soaked up for a week or two, to hopefully make it easier to get the nuts off to drop it out. Otherwise they'll be seized solid and an impact wrench will probably just twist them off.
02-06-2014 02:13 PM
ahab211
How much water is normal?

No one seems to think it is loose keel bolts? An older boat with a crack line on the keel joint and that leaks from that needs them tightened and the joint sealed at the least! I sealed the joint on my Catalina 27 on the hard and will tighten the bolts In the spring as they are steel and not easy to get a socket on! Good luck.
02-03-2014 11:57 PM
christian.hess
Re: How much water is normal?

epoxy putty in a stiffing box?

wtf?

man
02-03-2014 08:36 PM
BubbleheadMd
Re: How much water is normal?

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Originally Posted by Bradhamlet View Post
Our bilge is always wet, no big deal. However I would like it dry and will try a new packing material at next haul out. A few months back a member said he had great luck with a epoxy putty between the flax stuffing. Let you know at next haul out.

Brad
Lancer 36
Uh, I wouldn't do that. Use the new goretex packing instead of flax.
02-03-2014 05:03 PM
blutoyz
Re: How much water is normal?

I wish my bilge was this dry...4 months for 4 gallons...nice
02-03-2014 04:18 PM
Bradhamlet
Re: How much water is normal?

Our bilge is always wet, no big deal. However I would like it dry and will try a new packing material at next haul out. A few months back a member said he had great luck with a epoxy putty between the flax stuffing. Let you know at next haul out.

Brad
Lancer 36
02-03-2014 03:16 PM
miatapaul
Re: How much water is normal?

Quote:
Originally Posted by BubbleheadMd View Post
The "taste test" is inconclusive.

Rainwater running into an engine bilge where the stuffing box drains to, will taste salty.

The "powder test" is much more effective. Buy a cheap rose bush duster from the hardware store, and load it with DE powder (diatomaceous earth, also at the hardware store).

DE powder is very fine, harmless and cheap. Give some puffs of that around your bilges and watch the water trails illuminate like magic.
And it will kill any insects that happen to come on board!
02-03-2014 02:32 PM
azguy
Re: How much water is normal?

I'm so happy, I don't get a drop in my bilge.....
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