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keel bolts leaking – facing reality
Last season, my brother had a fairly serious run-in with a rock on my Tartan 30.
Didn't seem bad at the time, and the keel-hull seam appeared to be fairly tight.
But after launching this year, it is quite apparent things are not so good deep down in the bilge.
What used to be minor weeping is pretty much a steady stream.
The bottom line: the boat takes on about 20-30 gallons a day and the bilge pump kicks in about every 45 minutes.
My plan is to haul it out, loosen the bolts, clean up the surfaces, shoot some Sikaflex in there, retighten the bolts and expoxy and fair the seam.
So, here is my question:
Am I right to haul asap? Or am I being overly concerned. How much water does your boat take on, hard grounding or not? And, do you suspect, as I do, that there are lots of boats out there that are only a pump failure away from sinking?
This forum is loaded with posts on this very issue, leading me to suspect there are many, many boaters out there with tons of water sloshing around the bilge at all times while they get around to fixing it. To me, 20-30 gallons a day is a scary situation. A pump or battery failure could sink the boat pretty quick if it goes undetected. Not to mention other issues like crevice corrosion and structural deterioration. What are your thoughts: How many boats are out there with dark secrets hidden in there bilges?