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09-24-2009 03:44 PM
midnightsailor In the springs,
You must be close by me, I assume by your moniker that you are in the springs, E hampton? I am over in greenport, sail out of Sterling Harbor. I am often over your way, will be in SHelter Island today. I would be glad to come by and get together with you and give you some help with fixing that hole. Until you get it fixed (and I would not wait long to do that) it would be good to temporarily plug it with a tapered soft wood plug, or at least fill it with some silicon(somthing easy to remove)or even duck tape, but getit covered up, a hole that close to the waterline is Trouble with a capital T..I hate to think what would have happened had you not checked your bilge that day you noticed it took longer than usual to empty the bilge. Wouldn'ttake much to put that hole under water permanantly.
09-24-2009 02:31 PM
fordo
hole repair

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Originally Posted by inthesprings View Post
So I found out where the water was getting into the bilge from. That would be the quarter sized hole in the hull near the bilge discharge where the fish finder used to live. There was a plastic cover (with a smaller hole in it) covering the big hole, and I'm positive the water was getting in there. I dont know how I overlooked that. I guess the previous owner had a fish finder that he took with him. Why anyone would cut such a big hole for a cord to pass through, I dont know, but at least the fix is easy enough. Im going to fill the hole with marine tex and call it good. Unless you all think I should fill with epoxy and reinforce with cloth.
If you have a hole the size of a quarter in your hull, you shouldn't fix it with marine tex. You must grind around the hole, creating a taper and patch it with layers of cloth and epoxy. The details are in books on fiberglass repair, or, if you don't want to do it yourself, its not too expensive to have it done by a professional.
09-23-2009 05:38 PM
DropTop
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I installed a 12VDC counter in line with the bildge pump/float switch. This way, when I come back to the boat after a week away, i can see the exact amount of times it came on. I reset it when I leave for a long period and I write down my findings in the Log whenever it's abnormal. So far so good. It cost me about $14.00 at H.R. DISTRIBUTORS, Inc..
Can you give a direct link to the product? their website search isn't that good...
09-23-2009 12:07 PM
inthesprings
Eureka!

So I found out where the water was getting into the bilge from. That would be the quarter sized hole in the hull near the bilge discharge where the fish finder used to live. There was a plastic cover (with a smaller hole in it) covering the big hole, and I'm positive the water was getting in there. I dont know how I overlooked that. I guess the previous owner had a fish finder that he took with him. Why anyone would cut such a big hole for a cord to pass through, I dont know, but at least the fix is easy enough. Im going to fill the hole with marine tex and call it good. Unless you all think I should fill with epoxy and reinforce with cloth.
08-26-2009 11:53 AM
timebandit Rule #1

The last thing you mucked with is the first thing to screw up.
08-26-2009 11:16 AM
inthesprings Clever. I like that.
Definately not a leak from the mast, portlights or hatches. Hasn't rained here in weeks, and the boat is otherwise very dry. Believe me, when I first got her in the spring I spent a lot of time in the cabin with a flashlight while it was raining just looking for leaks. Thats why this has me worked up. Water level in the bilge was just fine this morning.
08-26-2009 11:07 AM
KismetP362 Here is one more thing you can do. I installed a 12VDC counter in line with the bildge pump/float switch. This way, when I come back to the boat after a week away, i can see the exact amount of times it came on. I reset it when I leave for a long period and I write down my findings in the Log whenever it's abnormal. So far so good. It cost me about $14.00 at H.R. DISTRIBUTORS, Inc..

Also, the time you pumped the boat out, it could have been fresh water.... keep your eye on the mast if you have a keel stepped mast and an eye on all the port holes..
08-26-2009 10:41 AM
inthesprings Another thing to check out. Thank you.
08-25-2009 10:10 PM
sailor50 On an older Yanmar, since replaced, we had a pencil zinc corrode through the water muffler and took on a lot of water. have you checked this?
08-25-2009 09:56 PM
inthesprings Roger that.

Took a sail this evening. Still normal level of water in the bilge. Took a closer look at the keel bolts and seem ok, but now Im slightly freaked out about that having a late 80's vintage 31' Oday and the keels apparently ripping out, so I guess Ill put a torque wrench on the ones I can get to when it gets hauled this fall and see whats up.

I also tasted the bilge water as suggested (really??!!) and it was definately seawater. Still thinking it came through the bilge discharge line perhaps. I did notice that while under sail this evening (10 knot wind, head sail only, close hauled) the bilge discharge thru hull is below the water line. Just barely. Usually sits 6-8" above the water line at the dock.

Still wondering what the heck happend...
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