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Help my boat is sinking. It is taking on water

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  • Help my boat is sinking. It is taking on water

    I have a 1976 25 ft sea ray with a pre alpha mercruiser I bought it after sitting 10 years. I replaced the bellows and shift cable. When I put it in the water I am taking ona lot of water from the ujoint bellows area. From what I can see itís coming from the ujoint bellows area but is hard to see. Is there anywhere else the water could be coming from besides the bellows? It does not take on water when running on muffs.
    Thank you


  • #2
    Re: Help my boat is sinking. It is taking on water

    It could take on water from a million places......Did you use adhesive on the bellows? Dunno if your supposed to on the pre alphas or not....
    'Dehydrated'
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    • #3
      Re: Help my boat is sinking. It is taking on water

      I did put sealer on the bellows. they seem tight where they are.
      thank you

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      • #4
        Re: Help my boat is sinking. It is taking on water

        Originally posted by utfisherman View Post
        I did put sealer on the bellows. they seem tight where they are.
        thank you
        What kind of sealer did you use?
        1998 Monterey 322 "Artemus"
        Twin Merc 5.7
        Bravo 3 Drives
        Boating from Midland Ontario on Georgian Bay, the best fresh water boating in the world!

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        • #5
          Re: Help my boat is sinking. It is taking on water

          Put water in the bilge when it is on the trailer and see where it comes out.
          83 Sunrunner 16.5 120 merc Alpha 1 drive SOLD 8/1/13

          1996 Crownline 202BR
          5.7l EFI 0f791070
          Bravo I drive

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          • #6
            Re: Help my boat is sinking. It is taking on water

            I used clear silicone as a sealer is that bad ?

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            • #7
              Re: Help my boat is sinking. It is taking on water

              This sounds like a rotted transom. Just back it in the water leave it on the trailer. Then get back there and see where its coming from. Use a flashlight and mirror to help you look around. Goodluck.
              Toy - 2001 Glastron GX185, 4.3 Alpha One
              Tow rig - 2013 Silverado 2500HD Duramax

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              • #8
                Re: Help my boat is sinking. It is taking on water

                Originally posted by utfisherman View Post
                I used clear silicone as a sealer is that bad ?
                it's not good. silicone is not the specified adhesive, just did mine on an mc-1 ("pre-alpha").
                Monte

                1979 Glas Ply 19' Cuddy Cruiser
                Merc 470

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                • #9
                  Re: Help my boat is sinking. It is taking on water

                  Another possibility is the shift cable bellows. If this isn't right or tight it can sink a boat fast.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Help my boat is sinking. It is taking on water

                    Take a look at the photo by Fishermark attached:

                    You can see right into the bellows? How bout that large gasket that's between the drive and bellhousing? If water leaks by it guess where it is going?

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                    • #11
                      Re: Help my boat is sinking. It is taking on water

                      are you talking about the gasket you can see in the pohot?I was wondering about that one I had some problems getting the out drive on when ii changed the bellows

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                      • #12
                        Re: Help my boat is sinking. It is taking on water

                        Originally posted by utfisherman View Post
                        I used clear silicone as a sealer is that bad ?
                        Yes, its bad. You should be using bellows adhesive. It appears that you are very inexperienced working on boats. My suggestion would be to take it to a shop and let an expert do the work for you.
                        1998 Monterey 322 "Artemus"
                        Twin Merc 5.7
                        Bravo 3 Drives
                        Boating from Midland Ontario on Georgian Bay, the best fresh water boating in the world!

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                        • #13
                          Re: Help my boat is sinking. It is taking on water

                          Originally posted by 300sflyer View Post
                          It appears that you are very inexperienced working on boats. My suggestion would be to take it to a shop and let an expert do the work for you.
                          If he were experienced, he wouldnt need to post in the forums. He has replaced the bellows and shift cables already which tells me he has the basic skills. Why would you suggest he let an expert do it? I thought the whole purpose of this forum was to provide help and advice to those of us that have the desire to be able to work on our own boats without the need to pay an "expert" to do our repairs.
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                          22' STARCRAFT SS V5
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                          • #14
                            Re: Help my boat is sinking. It is taking on water

                            Thanks for the support. It doesnt bother me when people make statments like that it tells me they think they know all but they dont. He doesnt know me I spent 20 years as a heavey equipment machianic. I have rebuilt everything from V16 Cat motors to chain saws. There are more than 1 way do to do things and get the same results. remember an open mind is a shut mouth. Thanks for the help guys

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                            • #15
                              Re: Help my boat is sinking. It is taking on water

                              I have to concur on the bellows adhesive. Although I use a contact cement. The silicon RTV turns into a lubricant after it has been in the water a while. The bellows is hard to see when you are putting those clamps on (especially the aft), and it is possible to overtighten and pull the seal down. You can check by pulling the drive and running your hand along the seal.

                              I'm doing a transom bellows reseal job myself this week. Just got it apart today, and odered the parts from iboats here.
                              --Jim

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