Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 28-08-2009, 18:29   #1
Registered User

Join Date: May 2009
Location: Grenada
Boat: Shorebro,Royal 33 - Aloisius
Posts: 927
How to Find a Small Hole in a Dinghy?

I was on the hard for 2 months doing a number of jobs. My dinghy was fine. After launching and having the dinghy moved, we sailed to another bay, got in the dinghy and found it to be a lot softer than it was only a few hours ago.

What is the best way to find a leak in a dinghy? I assume you use liquid soap over small areas untill you see bubbles. Any other suggestions?
__________________

__________________
landonshaw is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28-08-2009, 18:45   #2
Moderator Emeritus
 
FrankZ's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Chesapeake Bay
Boat: Bristol 35 Bellesa
Posts: 13,565
Images: 1
If it is below the water line you should see it while you are sitting in it. You can put it on land and fill it with water to see if the hole is on the inside. Other than that.. soapy water should work.
__________________

__________________
Sing to a sailor's courage, Sing while the elbows bend,
A ruby port your harbor, Raise three sheets to the wind.
......................-=Krynnish drinking song=-
FrankZ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28-08-2009, 19:19   #3
Senior Cruiser

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: between the devil and the deep blue sea
Boat: a sailing boat
Posts: 17,314
water+sponge+soap
__________________
barnakiel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29-08-2009, 06:44   #4
Registered User
 
lorenzo b's Avatar

Join Date: May 2009
Location: Panama
Boat: Steel trawler 63' Eileen Farrell
Posts: 961
When I was a remodeling contractor I would quite often run threaded iron gas lines and have to test them, and if I had a slow leak I would use soapy water to try to locate it. If that didn't work, I would hook up my nail gun compressor to the line and crank it up to 110 lbs of pressure and than you could hear the leak from across the street, all six of them.
Also a easy way to make your small dinghy a much larger dinghy.
__________________
lorenzo b is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29-08-2009, 06:50   #5
Registered User
 
Dave the Canuck's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Georgian Bay, Canada
Boat: Catalina 34 - "Points North"
Posts: 493
Have a good look/listen at the valves as well. They have been known to leak.
__________________
Dave
Dave the Canuck is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29-08-2009, 08:07   #6
Registered User
 
Reality Check's Avatar

Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: West Indies, Now live aboard as cruiser/ voyager often with guest/ friends
Boat: 36' Bene
Posts: 585
Send a message via ICQ to Reality Check
Quote:
Originally Posted by barnakiel View Post
water+sponge+soap
Agree, Soap, and Water

You need to do the all surfaces and you may need to apply pressure such as setting on different parts where the joints may be compressed enough to initially hide leaks.

Do properly lean and use the correct patch system and make sure they are over-sized to get the job done.
__________________
I prefer a sailboat to a motorboat, and it is my belief that boat sailing is a finer, more difficult, and sturdier art than running a motor.
--- Jack London
Reality Check is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29-08-2009, 13:37   #7
CF Adviser
Moderator Emeritus
 
Hud3's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Virginia
Boat: Island Packet 380, now sold
Posts: 8,929
Images: 49
Before going to all that trouble, clean the O-rings of any sand grains and put a coating of silicone grease on them, blow it up, and see if it still gets soft. BTW, I'm sure you know that if you inflate it in the hot sunshine, it will be noticeably softer after the sun goes down and the air inside it cools off.
__________________
Hud
Hud3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29-08-2009, 17:04   #8
Registered User

Join Date: May 2009
Location: Grenada
Boat: Shorebro,Royal 33 - Aloisius
Posts: 927
I filled the dinghy up with air, used soap and water and found a small leak. Deflated and cleaned the area and used the proper glue and patch material. Tomorrow will tell if all is fine again. Thanks for the help, Dave
__________________

__________________
landonshaw is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
I Find Myself a Sailor in Need of a Small Bit of Help Delezynski Off Topic Forum 15 02-09-2009 22:52
Small dinghy with aluminum or hard floor. Caribsurf Auxiliary Equipment & Dinghy 4 14-03-2009 18:21
small hard dinghy wanted Rhosyn Mor Classifieds Archive 0 23-02-2009 10:23
Dinghy davits on small boats Rippy Liveaboard's Forum 10 07-03-2006 15:44



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 20:05.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.