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Taking a leak...to the WOODSHED!
Hey All, I'm ready to do battle on my 14' Skimmar (circa 1974), a little dream with an open cockpit and retractable keel. She's taking on water in the inner hull and gets real heavy after about 2 hours wet. My guess is the keel housing, which has an existing patch from repairs from the previous owner. There are no holes in the outer hull.
Any suggestions? I'm at wit's end here and don't know whether to tear into it further (I'm reading for some fiber-glassing) or try and seal it somehow or, MAYBE (hopehopehope) it's the keel housing itself that's at fault for not being completely airtight. It has plugs on both sides which may be leaky and screw holes on the top from an old hardware installation. Might it fix my problem to make sure the keel housing is completely air tight?
You can see from the pic the old repairs done to the keel housing that I pulled off, and below that the plug on the starboard side (there's another one to port). At the back of the housing is the hardware attachment plate that's been installed. Did all or some of these issues degrade the water tightness of the keel housing and is that what's causing my inner hull leak?