Water in Bilges Still

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macowneril2015
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Water in Bilges Still

Post by macowneril2015 » Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:53 am

So I have tried most of the problem areas, I replaced windows ( screw holes ended up leaking but has been resolved), replaced rub rail (was done professionally). I still am getting almost an inch in the port bilge areas, it seems to mainly be there and I do get moisture in the rear berth but I was thinking that was maybe condensation. My boat stays in a slip in the summer so I am not sure where to look now. I know the stays may be an issue but I am not sure if its an easy fix with the boat in the water. I checked fuel locker seams and they appeared fine. The windows and rub rail resolved a majority of the intrusion.

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mac n cheese
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Re: Water in Bilges Still

Post by mac n cheese » Tue Jul 23, 2019 12:08 pm

I know the chain plates have already been covered where you mentioned in a previous post that you applied silicone.

See my fix in the following thread.

http://www.macgregorsailors.com/forum/v ... 898928eb4b

To confirm that you fixed the common chain plate source is to pull the 2 plugs on the inside of the cabin and stuff in some tissue paper.
Pour water over the chain plates and check the tissue for any water. It will take you 5 minutes but it will confirm.

Pull the 2 plugs in the cabin adjacent to the 2 screws you see in the pic just below the rubrail.

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Stuff tissue in those holes.

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Where do you see water in the rear berth? Top or bottom side of cushions? Any water pooled in the transom area that you can see with the cover
off? I sourced a leak in that area recently and applied 3m 5200 to a number of fasteners going through the transom.

macowneril2015
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Re: Water in Bilges Still

Post by macowneril2015 » Thu Jul 25, 2019 2:24 pm

I will have to check out the transom area, may be some intrusion and there was water under the cushions (not sure condensation or something else). I will check chain plates. I did not realize it would take a while but will look into it Friday.

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