A Dry Boat, and a not-so-dry-boat.

We managed another day on the boat this weekend and pushed on with the Salon redecoration/insulation. No further photos I’m afraid, I just forgot to take them. Imagine her looking one coat better that the last photo. The transformation will be more of a surprise this way anyway!

We were in a hurry to get on the boat with an early tide on Sunday morning, and in our hurry, forgot to provision adequately. The beer and Bacardi somehow contrived to stay in the camper.

All Day.

So for the day at least, ‘Free’ was a Dry Boat.

Until I looked in her bilges…

I always knew she was letting in a bit of water through the keel bolts. It was something I was psyching myself up to tackling. This weekend, I sponged about one bucket out of each bilge. 8 litres each side since I last did this, 2 weeks ago.
Then I lifted the inspection hatch for the Forward Looking Sonar, a big stainless plate in the cabin floor. It was awash with another 8 buckets! 60 litres since she went back in the water in May.

That is unacceptable, and needs to be resolved. It looks like I shall be lifting ‘Free’ out for a while, resealing the keel bolts and re-tightening them in an effort to improve the situation.

I suspect that the problem is exacerbated by being on a drying mud mooring. Perhaps its time to move to somewhere more suitable…

2 Replies to “A Dry Boat, and a not-so-dry-boat.”

  1. Sorry to hear about the leaks. You may need to set her on the hard, brace the keels, loosen the bolts, lift her off the keels a few inches with jacks and more shoring, and do a proper cleanup and resealing. A big job no doubt but one that will provide years of peace of mind. Somewhere on the Internet there is bilge keel Westerly that had all of that done, including needle scaling and epoxy coating the cast iron keels. It looked beautiful, and likely good for another 40 years!

    Good luck with her!

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