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Old 09-11-2013, 03:23   #1
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Leaking Stern Compartment - Port Side

The stern compartment on our Bahia leaks and requires pumping out on a pretty regular basis.
Do any other owners have the same problem?
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Old 09-11-2013, 06:22   #2
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Re: Leaking stern compartment - port side

I assume you mean under the steps on the sugar scoops. You likely have a deck fitting like the swim ladder or the blank metal hand hold or one of the rails leaking. It also is common to sustain damage to the hull deck joint just above the water line and that will allow water in as well. All repairable you need to get in there with a camera snap some pictures and you will see where it comes in.
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Old 10-11-2013, 07:06   #3
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Re: Leaking stern compartment - port side

As captainjay said. I will add to check the stern cleat also.

On a really rainy down pouring day you want to get in that stern compartment with a flash light and it will all become clear as to where the leak is.
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Re: Leaking stern compartment - port side

Must first taste the water.

Salt or Fresh?
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Must first taste the water.

Salt or Fresh?
First smell the liquid and then taste it as it may be fuel.
Diesel on your tong is not good.
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First smell the liquid and then taste it as it may be fuel.
Diesel on your tong is not good.
I would hope that could be ascertained upon first entrance to the compartment using smell.

If it is green or pink don't drink it either. Could be coolant.

But then, ya know, a drop from the finger to the tongue of any of those won't hurt you at all.

I don't know where you keep your arsenic though........
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Old 14-11-2013, 13:09   #7
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Re: Leaking Stern Compartment - Port Side

Thanks to all for your feedback.
I have spent six years attempting to figure this puppy out. I do understand that it is a problem with most Bahias Ö. That being said I will now put in some history.
It is in the sugar scoop - right at the blunt end of the boat.
There is no connection between this area and the engine room. No oil, no colour, just plain old salty water. Nothing else can get in.
I have cut a hole in one of the steps to gain access to view.
When on the hard, filled the compartment up with water. Water came out of screw holes that fixed the bumper strip to the curve. I removed it and filled up the holes. No water gets in there. Removed the ladder and re-fixed. No water gets in there. Removed access hatch and replaced. No water gets in there.
Apart from the rudder stock, there is nothing elseÖ.
Any Bahia owners with similar problems???
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Re: Leaking Stern Compartment - Port Side

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Is there anything attached from above like a cleat or railing?
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Re: Leaking Stern Compartment - Port Side

Is it a leaking saltwater cooling filter? Or perhaps on the outgoing side of the engine. Do you have a generator with its saltwater intake and exhaust through the port engine compartment (as we do in our Orana).

You report the water as salt so cleats and railings seem unlikely (but possible I guess). I say this with trepidation because Cotemar is usually right !!!!
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Re: Leaking Stern Compartment - Port Side

If the rudder stock is located in that area, then I would suspect the lipseal. These mostly only leak while underway or in certain conditions when water pressures them.

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If the rudder stock is located in that area, then I would suspect the lipseal. These mostly only leak while underway or in certain conditions when water pressures them.

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Good point, as the Bahia 46 has the rudder behind the prop. The prop thrust may be pushing sea water up the rudder post and past the seal at the top.

You can check the rudder lip seal for leaks by tying your boat up at the dock with a few extra lines.
1) Start the engine on the side that has the leak. Leave someone at the throttle.
2) You go back and view the top of the rudder post while the throttle is raised to cruising RPM
3) Any rudder post leak should be seen at this point.
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Re: Leaking Stern Compartment - Port Side

Any Bahia owners with similar problems???[/QUOTE]

Sorry. Nothing to report here

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Re: Leaking Stern Compartment - Port Side

Thanks again for all the feedback.
Just crossed the pond and now in Barbados for Christmas - New Year.
It is not a cleat leaking. There are no bolts in that area.
Pumped the area out every day and it took about 8 minutes every time. That is a lot of water.
Lip seal sounds right. Will check.
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Re: Leaking Stern Compartment - Port Side

Sorry for the tardy reply. My starboard leak into the scoop area was 100% coming from the screws attaching the rubber bumper on the stern. As it had been in charter, it must have been backed into hard enough to crack the glass. In grenada, balloons put under hull to get stern above water line, all screws removed and reinserted with 5000. All is well now, but just recently traded boat.
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