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Old 23-05-2014, 03:36   #16
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Re: Bad leak in sailboat

Close ALL the thru hulls on the boat and see if you still have a problem.

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Old 23-05-2014, 03:54   #17
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Re: Bad leak in sailboat

You have what you call a long term leak problem on your boat that has been going on for years and it recently took on "100 gals in 5 minutes", and you sleep on that boat

That is just insane!

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Old 23-05-2014, 04:25   #18
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Re: Bad leak in sailboat


From your first post, it seems likely that the problem could be from back siphoning.

If the through hull for the bilge pump is under water it should have a valve on it. If it doesn't, you need to either put one on it, or take it out and seal the hole.

In my opinion a bilge outlet should never be below the at rest waterline anyway.

And if the outlet is only a few inches below the waterline you can reposition the through-hull and seal the hole, change the fitting to a seacock, or add a valve
to the existing through-hull (in my personal descending order of preference), by, on a calm day, making the boat stationary (via strategically place anchors or dock) and using a halyard from the masthead to the appropriate beam position to induce enough list to pull the offending through-hull clear of the water.

It's a little extra work, but it beats paying 500.00 to have the boat pulled, and of course the location of the through-hull could put paid to the scheme anyway (but probably not).

And that doesn't mean the leak will be fixed, but only that a potential problem is averted. But you may get lucky and kill two birds with one stone.

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Old 23-05-2014, 13:24   #19
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Re: Bad leak in sailboat

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But surely there is a seacock on the throughhull... isn't there? If so, no need for all that strife, just close the valve and disconnect whatever needs disconnecting.
you're probably correct, jim. i've never owned a boat that had a bilge pump outlet below the waterline, so it didn't occur to me that his should have a seacock. if true, should make his job a whole lot easier.

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