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steve hale

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« on: January 22, 2013, 08:36:33 AM »
I'm trying to trace any of my leaks before haulout and I thought it was all coming from my shaft, but in closer inspection I noticed some coming from the rudder and what I believe is the largest leak coming from the keel.

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« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2013, 09:22:28 AM »
Steve,

Are you sure it is water from outside of the boat?

I am not sure where you say the water is coming from. I have rebuilt the bulkhead and floor supports in the area you are talking about. If you could send a picture that would help as I have seen every part of my boat and might be some help.

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« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2013, 02:22:58 PM »
I'm definately sure it is from outside the boat.

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« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2013, 08:52:32 PM »
Ouch - Children's sidewalk chalk will help to find the leak.

First close all the thruhulls. Dry up everything and then draw lines with the chalk to help you narrow it down.

Mike has a good point - is the water salty? Where you are located you can tell pretty quickly.

Check around all of the thruhulls and around your stern tube. You can do that with newspaper.

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« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2013, 08:48:56 AM »
Steve,

Sorry I thought yours was a walkover. My stern tube is in the engine room under the fuel tank base.

Keep us posted.
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« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2013, 03:12:48 PM »
Steve,

Pictures would be helpful.
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« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2013, 10:08:42 PM »
I had a cracked stern tube. A small leak that would never stop.

Had to remove fuel tank and other stuff to get to it, then cut out the bad tube, glass in new, etc, etc.

New shaft at the same time as well as a computer balanced prop. Smooth as silk thereafter and nary a leak...

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« Reply #7 on: January 24, 2013, 07:26:33 AM »
It is definately pointing towards the possibility of a stern tube crack.

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« Reply #8 on: January 26, 2013, 10:40:09 PM »
Steve,

If I understand you correctly, the location of the leak is at the lower extension of the half bulkhead that extends down on center line and forms the forward end of the berth in the aft cabin.
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« Reply #9 on: January 29, 2013, 03:24:30 AM »
You are correct about the area.

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« Reply #10 on: January 29, 2013, 04:16:41 AM »
Hi Steve,

Sounds like you are getting closer to finding the source of the leak.

So is the water coming in through a 'visible crack in the stern tube' in the interior of the boat, or is the boat hauled and you are looking thru the cutlass bearing at the interior of the stern tube from the outside of the boat?
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« Reply #11 on: January 31, 2013, 08:34:01 AM »
Steve - where are you hauled out? Maybe I could stop by and look at it.
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« Reply #12 on: February 01, 2013, 07:53:27 AM »
Yes I'm hauled out at GCSM

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« Reply #13 on: February 01, 2013, 03:35:26 PM »
Steve, I will stick my oar in the water. If it were mine, I would find a vendor willing to pull the prop and shaft pronto. You need to send the shaft and coupling to a prop shop to have the shaft mic'ed and the coupling face trued. If something bad enough happened to crack the stern tube, you run a risk of a bent shaft. If it is bent, listen to what the prop shop has to say about straightening vs. a new one. You need to get this done, and have the new/repaired/inspected shaft bolted back in place before your fiberglass guy fixes the stern tube. Otherwise you risk having the cutless bearing installed cockeyed.

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« Reply #14 on: February 02, 2013, 01:54:09 AM »
Steve,

Thanks for the detailed update.
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