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Hi there! I'm the proud owner of a 1971 Coronado 23. It's in good overall shape, but there are a couple "big" projects I want to complete before the busy summer sailing excitement. The main one is a leak. Basically anytime it rains there is a decent size puddle of water directly under the cockpit, just behind the stair and running down the galley toward the v-berth.

I'm a total novice to boat repairs and maintenance, but I want to figure this out and get Kelpie cleaned up. I've checked out right under the starboard drain in the cockpit, which is where I'm guessing the leak is coming from. There is a (very) rusty faucet right there, and since the leaky water is a reddish color, I'm thinking the faucet has something to do with this.

Can anyone give me an idea of where to start on this? Why is there a faucet there? I can't get it to budge, and I've tried to chip away at the thick rust, but I'm kind of baffled. Thanks for your advice!
 

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Hi there! I'm the proud owner of a 1971 Coronado 23. It's in good overall shape, but there are a couple "big" projects I want to complete before the busy summer sailing excitement. The main one is a leak. Basically anytime it rains there is a decent size puddle of water directly under the cockpit, just behind the stair and running down the galley toward the v-berth.

I'm a total novice to boat repairs and maintenance, but I want to figure this out and get Kelpie cleaned up. I've checked out right under the starboard drain in the cockpit, which is where I'm guessing the leak is coming from. There is a (very) rusty faucet right there, and since the leaky water is a reddish color, I'm thinking the faucet has something to do with this.

Can anyone give me an idea of where to start on this? Why is there a faucet there? I can't get it to budge, and I've tried to chip away at the thick rust, but I'm kind of baffled. Thanks for your advice!
UPDATE: I have attached 2 photos. One of the cockpit drain and one of the rusty area where I think the leak is coming from.
 

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Thanks for your thoughts. Yes, the "rust" photo is the flip side of the "drain" photo, on the underside of the cockpit sole. The pipe exits the boat below the water line, so, as you say, it will need to be on land for this plumbing work.

The boat used to live in the San Juan Islands, and has a lot of growth on the hull; based on what I've read/researched, needs to get hauled out, pressure washed, and painted. I don't know when the last time that happened was. So it sounds like a haul out is in order. There are some other plumbing jobs that are probably similarly-incorrectly installed.

To address other questions - there is no pressurized water onboard and no cockpit shower.

I'm hoping to get the boat hauled out in the next week or so. Do you have any advice for other things I should have looked at/replaced while she's out? I know she hasn't been on land for at least 3 years, but no idea before then...Thanks a lot everyone!!
 

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Yes, definitely a more simplified system than many, but still intimidating for a first-timer. Lots of dumb questions. I appreciate you letting me pick your brain!

I'm pretty sure there are no levered ball valves; I've noticed lots of the round knobs. I'll have to make sure the boatyard that I go to will install thru-hulls and ball valves that are bronze or maleron. (Planning on CSR Marine, if anyone is familiar.) I'm going to have them check out all the plumbing and electrical systems - I figure best to start on a good foot and learn from them, rather than botch something trying to do it myself the first time.

I have an outboard which, of course, has it's own issues :) Most recently, the starter rope snapped, so tonight I'm going to try (again) to take apart the starter mechanism. I have a remote starter box that doesn't currently work but would be great to get working.

No swing keel, and yes, the toilet is a bucket :)
 
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