I have a 4 year old boat. Last year, the transmission
failed -- the infamous SD50
slippage problem. I had the saildrive
completely removed and rebuilt -- even though I suggested that they do the simpler in-water fix. The work was done in June of 2015.
Three weeks ago, the boat went into the water
for the first time this year. Then last Saturday, we went sailing, and had a great day on the water
. When we got back to the dock
, we noticed that the automatic bilge pump
was pumping, about once every two minutes.
We let with it pumping occasionally, and didn't get a chance to sail the next day. Two days later, my manager calls me and tells me the boat is taking on water -- evidently, he had shut the pump off the day before, and enough water came in to cover the floorboards. Why they shut it off and didn't check it is beyond me, but it happened.
In any case, they hauled the boat, emptied the water, and put fresh water in to see if it would leak out -- but nothing came out.
I'm convinced that something has failed on the saildrive
seal. As it seems this is the general area where the water is coming in.
My manager tells me that neither the batteries nor the engine
was submerged. I'm thinking of having a marine surveyor
look at everything to make sure that is correct.
I guess my questions to the group are:
1. What can I do to reduce the damage due to water intrusion?
2. What should I do to reduce damage due to the salt water
3. Has anyone else seen a seal like this fail after a year?
4. Is this a failure that I can file an insurance
Any advice is welcome!