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Old 03-01-2009, 12:33   #1
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taking on water?

Friend check on my S@ 9.2C which is winterized in a slip. He said the stern is lower than the bow, clearly below the prior water line? Any ideas or troubleshooting suggestions? I can't get to it until tommorow and looking for suggestions on what tools, etc to bring.
We have had a lot of rain lately, so don't know if I have a clogged drain or a leak in the boat.
Suggestions are appreciated.
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Old 03-01-2009, 12:45   #2
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Unless you have watertight interior bulkheads, the most likely reason to down at the stern will be a flooded cockpit, due to a plugged drain. (leaf?).
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Old 03-01-2009, 13:03   #3
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Scott, like you, we are far from the boat and have an added disadvantage in that we know NOTHING about your boat or location (we really don't KNOW all the various types/models of boats out there and aren't likely to go look it up).

So, in GENERAL, you have a few possibilities:
1 - water from the topside
2 - water from the bottom side
3 - displacement of internal liquids toward the stern

1a - leak: find and stop leak - figure out why your bilge pump didn't work (got spare?): battery dead? Charger not working? breaker thrown? Shore power missing?
1b - clogged drain - something to bail with, and something to clean out drain (snake?)

2a - Packing gland - tighten nut (got wrench?)
2b - through hull - cracked/broken or hose bad: cracked or broken = haul out, (got hose, hose clamps, plugs - tools to cut, tighten or pound?),
2c - holed hull = haul out

3a - fresh water - accidental discharge or hole in tank (also see 1a)
3b - sewage - yuck - see 3a and 1a
3c - fuel - luckily your bilge pump doesn't work - make sure it is off/disconnected - call harbor master/coast guard, then your insurance company. Do not attempt to "fix" this until professionals have dealt with it.

Good luck
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