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Old 19-12-2015, 13:54   #16
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Re: Fun Game: Where's the Water Coming From?

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PS; I would assume sewage would taste bad. Really bad.


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Old 19-12-2015, 17:02   #17
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Re: Fun Game: Where's the Water Coming From?

My 87 Catalina 22 has a hose that connects the drain (hole) in the anchor locker to the drain (hole) below the bow eye. I suspect the hose has deteriorated and everything that drains to your locker doesn't exit the boat.

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Old 19-12-2015, 19:39   #18
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Re: Fun Game: Where's the Water Coming From?

Thanks for everyone for the replies! I didn't mean to mix people up with the gray water/black water thing - I thought they were interchangeable? There is a hose going to that tank, but I *think* it's in good shape and not leaking.

The water, although I did not taste it (wow, some of you are braver than I am), did not smell like sewage. A decent amount of sediment, so maybe that's another point towards the anchor locker leak possibility.

I really like the food dye idea, and I'm definitely going to try it. Thankfully it's unseasonably warm so I've got some extra time to figure this out before everything freezes up.
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Re: Fun Game: Where's the Water Coming From?

I had water getting in under the windlass inside the chain locker. I had to re-bed it.
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Old 20-12-2015, 08:49   #20
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Re: Fun Game: Where's the Water Coming From?

All the previous posts are great suggestions for finding leaks, and here's a last resort. I have a 32 year old Oday 25 which is my 9th and probably last boat, due to advancing age.
When all else fails:
Tape over every seam that will allow air to leave the hull. All the lazarette seams that open to the interior, hatch seams, and leave out one hatch board section from the main hatch and replace with a plastic garbage bag taped in place. If you have a pop top seal the joint between the hull and movable portion. Leave the anchor locker open. Then insert the outlet side of a vacuum thru the garbage bag which replaced the one hatch board and seal around. Then cover the deck with soapy water. Something that creates plenty of suds and turn on the vacuum. The hull will fill with pressurized air from the outlet side of the vacuum and the soap will bubble where ever there is a leaking air. Those are your entry points for water. All this will not take as long a you would think. On your boat two people can do this in under two hours.
After 4 years of tracking down leaks one at a time, we now have a boat with dust in the bilge.
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Re: Fun Game: Where's the Water Coming From?

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goat, he said ''grey"water, not "black water." Forgive me, but do you think tasting it is a good idea? either way?

What does sewage taste like? One can wonder, but I'm not sure I'd go that far.


PS, you can check for salt water by putting some on a saucer in the hot sun. The salt will be left behind as the water evaporates. No salt left would indicate fresh. Dirt left would be from the grey water..

You get someone else to taste it, obviously!
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Re: Fun Game: Where's the Water Coming From?

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Go buy some dye from the grocery store
baking aisle. Get some different colors.

Why didn't I ever think of that???
Off to the supermarket tomorrow - I have one small leak somewhere that is driving me absolutely crazy.

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Re: Fun Game: Where's the Water Coming From?

Dye works.

Don't taste the water because even fresh water after splashing round the bilges will taste salty.

In the photo below I thought the water was coming from that thru hull, or worse that keel bolt. But putting some food dye under the propeller shaft 'dripless' stuffing box it became quite obvious what I had forgotten to give its 200 hour lubrication.

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Re: Fun Game: Where's the Water Coming From?

As I deal with old boats, leaks are a way of life. I use a Seek Thermal Imager and have found water leaks in ALL sorts of places. I also use it at home. Used it to find air leaks around doors and windows, used it to find where a pipe was clogged, even saw how an infection was spreading up my leg.

I also have an inspection camera with a 3 foot cable that allows me to see in very small spaces (even inside spark plug holes). These two aids are really great at finding an assortment of problems on boats. Well worth the money and can be used in an endless number of ways.

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