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Re: Bilge Damp Tanzer 26
That is a pretty clean looking bilge. Water leaks are not uncommon on old boats. First you need to figure out if it is rainwater or seawater.
If it is rainwater you need to figure out where it is leaking. Widows and deck fittings are the most common culprits. Deck fittings can be easily rebedded, but if they have been leaking for a long time you could also be dealing with core rot in the leaking areas, as noted in your "spider crack" thread. It's all repairable, if you are a hands-on type of person.
If it is seawater, there are fewer possibilities. Check through hulls and keel to hull joint, as well as any hardware bolted close to the waterline such as rudder pintels, swim ladder mounts or outboard brackets. Worst case would be the keel to hull joint, which might explain taking on more water under sail. Re-bedding the keel is not a big deal on such a small boat, but it is a bit of work.
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