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Old 05-22-2017, 10:47 AM
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Damaged Prop... boat now leaking?

This past Saturday I received a Fort Loudoun Special (damaged prop) from a submerged log and woke up the following morning to significant amount of water in the boat.

I wasn't able to get a look at bottom of the boat, but according to the marina manager the hull looked good with the exception of a minor scratch or two, tracking fins appeared straight, as well as strut/shaft, and packing. Prop has a small ding, but enough to create vibration at speed.

Before I moored at marina Saturday night, I thoroughly checked bilges, as I had been testing ballast pumps all day. Forward bilge had approx 1 inch of water (pretty much normal) and engine compartment bilge was bone dry. The Marina would pull my boat out for dry stack storage the next morning.

On Sunday morning I got a call from the Marina that my boat had a significant amount of water in it, above the carpet in the floor.

I'm not so concerned about the prop issue, but am most concerned with tracking down a possible leak.

Any suggestions on where to start looking? Driveshaft/rudder packing? Check tightness of thru hull bolts for tracking fins? Etc...

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Old 05-22-2017, 10:51 AM
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Leaking through driveshaft would be my first look if you just hit something and the problem wasn't there before.
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Old 05-22-2017, 11:05 AM
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Why didn't your auto bilge work?

Definitely probably shaft seal
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Old 05-22-2017, 02:06 PM
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Bilge didn't work because the boat is almost never left in the water overnight, and I'm in the habit of cutting power at battery switch.

Marina did not pull boat out of water when I returned Saturday night, but waited until Sunday morning. Apparently there was enough water in boat for them to be concerned enough to call me.

At this point I guess my plan is to order new prop, send old one off to be reworked and become the backup, then track down leak.

Is there an easy way to isolate/identify a leak at drive shaft?

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Old 05-22-2017, 04:55 PM
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Have shaft alignment checked as it's very likely that the packing around the shaft doesn't fit snug anymore due to the vibration (or that the shaft is simply bent).
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Old 05-22-2017, 05:09 PM
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Rudder?
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Old 05-22-2017, 05:15 PM
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My bet is Rudder...
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Old 05-22-2017, 05:29 PM
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Try and get it bone dry with the a lift or trailer then run the boat and watch for the leak.
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Old 05-22-2017, 11:16 PM
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I had to replace the rudder seal after a ding in my 205v
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Old 05-22-2017, 11:17 PM
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Go under the boat and wiggle the rudder while someone looks under the hood
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