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best option is to haul the boat and search
the outside of the hull for damage. It helps
to leave the bilge full of water and look for
the telltale trickle of water leaking out.
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Leaks at hull fittings, such as seacocks, valves, hoses, instrument senders,
and running gear, are common and usually
straightforward to fix. Generally, any leak
at the bedding compound sealing a thru-hull or hardware bolted through the hull
requires hauling the boat and complete
removal and reinstallation of the fitting.
Attempts to add “goop” to the outside
perimeter of the fitting, or the inside, rarely
succeed. Unfasten and remove any hoses
or valves and then unscrew the clamp nut
or individual fastening bolts securing the
fitting. After cutting away as much old
sealant as possible, a thru-hull can usually
be pushed or knocked out from inside the
boat. The old sealant will probably have a
strong grip (even though it’s leaking) and
it may be necessary to “gently” break the
fitting loose with a dead-blow hammer.
This can be a wood mallet or even a small
sledge, provided you use a softwood block
between a steel hammer and the fitting.
Through-bolted hardware with an
external flange such as a rudder port or
prop shaft strut will probably need to be
wedged and carefully pried loose. A two-inch or wider chisel works well for this.
After removal, clean all the old sealant
off the hull and fitting. Check the fitting
carefully for cracks or corrosion. Proper
reinstallation requires lots of polyurethane
sealant under the outside flange, on the
edges of the hull opening, and on the
inside of the hull under the backing block.
Replace any old wood backing blocks
with new wood or, even better, a piece of
UHMW polyethylene or some StarBoard
scraps. Replace any corroded fasteners with
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While you’re at it, inspect the hose
connected to the thru-hull. Replace any
cracked, weathered, or substandard hoses
and inspect hose clamps, too. If there is
a garden-variety gate valve on a thru-hull,
replace it with a quarter-turn ball valve or
seacock that meets the material and testing
requirements of ANSI/UL 1121, as specified by American Boat and Yacht Council
(ABYC) standard H- 27. 5. 2.
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Nick Bailey has 26 years in the boat-repair
business and is service manager of Bristol
Marine in Mississauga, Ontario. This story
originally appeared in Mad Mariner’s DIY
Boat Owner Magazine. www.DIY-Boat.com