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whaler99 posted 08-15-2001 09:39 PM ET (US)   Profile for whaler99   Send Email to whaler99  
water leaked into the hull of my boat through clamshell vents over drainplug tubes. one tube is also leaking. There seems to be water throughout the hull. I have drilled holes along sections of the keel and upwards around drains and am getting water coming out htese holes and have been working at this for the last month. There is still water coming out. I would like to know the best approch to fixing this problem.
jimh posted 08-15-2001 10:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Do you have any notion of how the clamshell covers on the hull drains were damaged?

Perhaps they were smacked hard while loading on a trailer, causing the retaining screws to become loose and enlarging the mounting holes to the point where water was able to enter.

LarrySherman posted 08-15-2001 10:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for LarrySherman  Send Email to LarrySherman     
I'd bet that the tubes rotted out, and the vents just got beat up over the years. Mine certianly did.

Not to worry, at least not yet, anyway. I'd get the boat hauled and up on blocks, with the bow up so the water will drain to the transom, and covered so that rain will not get into the hull. Remove the access ports, and all the thru hulls and clam shells. Let ti drain like this for some time. I'd drill one hole in the bottom of the boat about 5" forward of the transom at the keel. That will let the water moving towards the transom out of the boat.

Once the bulk of the water is out of the boat, and the glass is reasonabbly dry, you can begin to repair the thru hull areas. I sanded, and then used 422 barrier coat epoxy on all the thru hull areas. My hull is barrier coated bellow the water line. I also injected acetone into all the clamshell screw holes, followed about 20 min latter with 422 epoxy.

Once thats all good, then youv'e got to decide what to do for new throuh hulls. I tired now, so please look for the post "Im making a bet, $10 to.." for more info.

Post the year and model of your boat, plus other pertinant info, so we can continue.


Larry

SWarren posted 08-16-2001 09:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for SWarren  Send Email to SWarren     
The clam shells have bent on my 22 revenge because of hitting the trailer bunks. I guess it is a poor design for the float on trailers, but when they were made they probably just had the keel roller trailers, so it was not much of a problem.

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