Hello We are moving our new to us Island Packet
370 down the ICW
. We just bought the boat this summer and have on very limited time sailing it.
At any rate we left Annapolis
a few days ago motoring South first day was fine. Second day out the Bay was choppy as we motoring south. At this point we noticed the bilge pump
was running more than normal. We set the pump on manual and started watching bilge
it seemed to we could pump a bit of water
out every hour or so. We anchored and checked all thru hulls engine
hoses, shaft stuffing ect could not find any signs of water
Next day had the same drill only in one 15 minute interval we took on quite a lot of water. Filled lower bilge
sump and took electric
several minutes to get it out. We then knew we definitely have a problem we stopped engine
and again checked all all over boat no sign of water.
We then went to a yard in Norfolk and have checked the boat over completely. Setting at dock
or motoring in calm conditions bilge pump
is just running once per day. We at first suspected the engine shaft seal
, but watching it while motoring it only producing a few drops as expected .
We have also been watching the rudder
post seal, it appears a little corroded like it could have been leaking but watching closely under way no water.
So while at dock
our motoring in calm water no water i.e....one bilge run per day. But in rougher conditions we defiantly took water on.
We have tore the boat apart and crawled all over trying to find this. Does any one have any ideas?