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Old 20-06-2012, 04:17   #1
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Question Water in engine compartment Nic 33

Hi, we have a Nicholson33 (1976) only been out in her twice. Second time weather rough. After berthing noticed about 4 inches of water in engine compartment. All seacocks been cleaned and greased recently. Any ideas where or how this water has come from? Much obliged.
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Old 20-06-2012, 05:49   #2
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Re: Water in engine compartment Nic 33

Things to check ; Sterngland/Lazarette or other deck hatches that may leak water running down the deck/Skin fitting not tight or if plastic - cracked under the backing nut - very common/cockpit drains or cockpit lockers leak into bilge/engine cooling water leaking somewhere. Try to ascertain if water enters only during sailing or if also during rain on moorings. Taste the water - may be tanks leaking. Run a hose over the deck while checking below. Good Luck. !
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Re: Water in engine compartment Nic 33

Check water cooling on engine for leaks.
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Re: Water in engine compartment Nic 33

Thanks, will check everything on Saturday and let you know. Very grateful for your input.
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Re: Water in engine compartment Nic 33

It could also be a leaking stuffing box. Did you run the motor at higher RPM or for a longer period? Dripless could need to be "burped", traditional style may need adjustment or repacking. Good luck with it!
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Re: Water in engine compartment Nic 33

Was it fresh water or salt?
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