Bilges taking on water

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Bilges taking on water

Post by 1340fxd » Mon May 28, 2018 10:53 pm

I find that my Regatta 290 takes on water in the bilges not at an alarming rate but it should be possible to keep her watertight as she has a saildrive so no water should enter from any shaft gland. The water is definitely sea water and not fresh water. I did strip and grease the Blakes seacocks before launching and these are my primary suspects. The sink seacocks are new and do not leak. Anywhere else to look?

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Re: Bilges taking on water

Post by Patrick Farrell » Tue May 29, 2018 6:12 am

Check all engine hoses tighten them all, water pump leaking or impeller leaking ?

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Re: Bilges taking on water

Post by Jolly Roger » Tue May 29, 2018 8:50 am

A saildrive seal seal should be changed every 7 years. Has this been done? It may be an indication it is failing.

Check all your seacocks for any signs of leakage.

It is possible it is a fresh water leak and is dissolving any dries salt in the bilges to give a salt taste.

If you are unsure where it is entering from a leaky fitting, then sprinkle talcum powder to see where there are water runs.
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