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Re: Tartan 3500 Anchor Locker Leak

I will attach a sketch (in my next post) of what you have described - hopefully I have followed your careful description well enough. Shortly after your hull the fill and vent hoses did not penetrate the anchor locker bulkhead but went aft, port side, almost to amidships, so I donít have the same configuration on my hull #131.

You believe that the fresh water tank vent/overflow connected to the port drain, fair enough, but you would have to have an anchor locker drain too. My boat has two anchor locker drains, symmetrically placed port and starboard. If you connect your one to that hose, the anchor locker would fill with water.

Your penetration for the washdown hose is quite a ways above water level, but that certainly could be the water ingress point to the bilge if the anchor locker filled that high.

The easiest thing to fix though is the drain hole wall in the hull. Smear it thoroughly with epoxy, using a pencil, then you have eliminated the most well-documented of the leaks in this area. Second I would see if the water comes as high as the washdown hose bulkhead penetration by duct taping a small plastic cup to the bulkhead under it and check for water in the cup when you return from sailing.

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Re: Tartan 3500 Anchor Locker Leak

here is the sketch now, maybe

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Re: Tartan 3500 Anchor Locker Leak

Thanks for your excellent drawing. Looks to be accurate.
On further study I have found the bulkhead material is very mushy at the point the wash down discharge hose penetrates the bulkhead and passes thru into the anchor locker. As a result, the hole is much larger than the original penetration. The net effect is the opening to the v berth is now 3-4 inches lower and closer to the bottom of the anchor locker, making it a lot easier for seawater in locker to pass thru to the hull floor under v berth and flowing to bilge.

Question now - how to best apply at least 1/2 of new bulkhead to v berth side and how to best seal on locker side. I also plan to relocate the wash water pump discharge to a point 3 " higher on the bulkhead.
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