Waiting out another cold front in Clifton, Tenn
Trip Start Oct 30, 2010
52Trip End Ongoing
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I have posted my leak problem on the Balboa users website and got a flood or replies. It appears that this is a common problem and leaks do develop in the keel well. It usually leaks more when the keel is raised. When the keel is lowered it contacts a hole in the well where a hold down bolt is supposed to go. I have the hole but there was a rotten cork in it. It appears that the hole is through materiel about 2 inches thick and a lamination of several layers. On inspection It looks like there is some delamination and water being pushed up into the well when we are moving has come down through that crack and dripping where I saw it into the bilge. That's why it doesn't leak when we are stopped. The water level is below the hole.
Other owners just keep pumping water out as it rises and don't worry about it. I decided to fill the hole completely with caulking so no water gets into the crack. No way to test it until we get back into the river again and start moving. Operational stress test.
I have attempted to attach a small video clip of our dockage here. We are supposed to be able to so this is the first try.