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  • Water in Bilge - C470

    I have a 2003 Catalina 470. There always seems to be some water in the bilge. Has anyone experienced the same? Thanks.

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    Could be from a lot of places,A leaky thru-hull, a fresh water line leak, a loose deck fitting, the list goes on. Simple rain water could be getting in someplace, Even seen a few that had a loose keel, and water would seep in from below. All you can do is dry it up, and look for any traces of water leaks. And make sure your bilge pump is working properly. I personally haven't seen to many boats that did not have some water there.
    If ya can't fix it with a hammer,ya got yourself an electrical problem.

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    • #3
      Welcome aboard. Once you pump the water out, how long does it take to fill back up? I'm wondering if you've got a leak somewhere.
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      • #4
        Just another thought, What kind of stuffing box is on the driveshaft? If not a dripless stuffing box, it's probably a flax packing. They are supposed to drip a bit under normal conditions. If it's leaking to much, you snug it up, just not so much it that it gets hot while under way.
        If ya can't fix it with a hammer,ya got yourself an electrical problem.

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        • #5
          Thanks for all of your inputs. It seems to only get water in the bilge when I am underway. I have a dripless stuffing box. I drained all of the fresh water tanks but still get water in the bilge when sailing.

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          • #6
            Then I'd be checking everything while underway, from the dripless through the front of the motor, including thru hulls, pumps, and another place to look is in the head, or any sinks that drain through a thru hull.
            If ya can't fix it with a hammer,ya got yourself an electrical problem.

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            • #7
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              Does the leak happen only sailing (heeled over) or also motoring ( no heel). Could be a vent or drain ( cockpit drain) if only when heeled.
              Try drying bilge, sprinkle talcum power around the bilge and go sailing. Check for water traces while under way. Check after each tack to see if you can see if it is only on the port or starboard tack.
              Also your head may ' overflow' on a tack or water tank?

              Good luck.
              Last edited by mjf55; May 24th, 2016, 10:14 AM. Reason: Added reason
              Hang on a minute, I'm overthinking this.

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