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Old 28-01-2018, 07:56   #1
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Beneteau 321 water leak

I have a Ď98 Beneteau 321 which I winterized in Novemeber. I checked it today and noticed a small amount of water in the engine comparment near the shaft seal. The clamps were tight and the seal dry so i traced back and noticed water accumulated just behind it at what looks to have been a seal circular area. I vacuumed it up and looking for additional accumulation. After 2 hours, none. What could have been the cause, how serious is this, how can i repairthe issue? Thanks for any advice.
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Old 28-01-2018, 11:25   #2
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Re: Beneteau 321 water leak

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Old 28-01-2018, 11:30   #3
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Re: Beneteau 321 water leak

Winterized in the water or out?

Condensation on the hull collecting in a low spot?
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Winterized in the water or out?

Condensation on the hull collecting in a low spot?

Possible. It was winterized in the water.
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Re: Beneteau 321 water leak

Depending on what the weather has been lately, cold water and warm air can actually accumulate quite a lot of water.
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Old 29-01-2018, 10:57   #6
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Re: Beneteau 321 water leak

Sweet or salt water?

If salt, maybe leaking waterpump and now dry, ... .
Sweet, maybe condensation or a leak in your watersystem.
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Old 29-01-2018, 10:59   #7
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Re: Beneteau 321 water leak

Toilet paper is a good tool to find the direction from a leak.
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Old 29-01-2018, 11:04   #8
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Re: Beneteau 321 water leak

My B321 leaks tons of water at the shaft seal whenever the shaft is turning - it's a volvo lip type seal (or should I say un-seal) so I was astonished to hear you say "...a small amount of water.."

However, the place you show in the pic is well aft of the shaft seal and mine too had a very slow seeping leak in that low place when I first bought it in 2005. At a boat yard, they put a strap around the stern and lifted it up to relieve the pressure so they could patch the glass on the inside. Hasn't leaked since - in THAT spot.

Just spent a thousand (BOAT: Break Out Another Thousand) trying to stop leaks in the dead lights and hatches. Be thankful for " a small amount of water.."!
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Old 29-01-2018, 13:33   #9
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Re: Beneteau 321 water leak

Thanks for the insight everyone. I waited 24 hours and itís bone dry, so Iím hoping it was condensation. Iíll put it on the hard in the next month for
a bottom job, so will check again then.
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