I recently bought a used boat
and as usual am having way more problems than I ever new possible.
I found out right away that the boats lazarette begins to fill up with water
when underway. Not sure if it is a rudder
packing issue or what, different people looking at it say different things. About 1-2 liter an hour. Installed a bilge pump
back there, and they seem to fail pretty fast, so I'm about to go buy 15.
Anyway, then, in the aft cabin
, the areas under the floorboards fill up with water
. At first I thought it might be a leaky lose. But the water seems to seep right through numerous small cracks (pic attached). Also at perhaps a liter or two an hour. I can see someone has been dumping some kind of sealent back there to try and fix it and it just goes bad again.
It is fairly likely that, since the bilge
pumps dont drain all the water from the lazarette, it is leaking through cracks, and making its way somehow to through the cracks to under the aft cabin
. Also, when the laz had about 5 gallons back there, the rate of fill in the aft cabin was faster.
So question is what are my short and long term solutions to this?
Is there some kind of sealent I should use to coat the entire bottom of the lazarette and under the aft cabin floorboards? Or is this a horrible idea because it is going to push the water somewhere else and I don't actually know the cause of all of it? Insights? Suggestions? Thanks guys.