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#11227316 - 11/16/15 01:55 PM looking for a leak
tincan86 Offline
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Registered: 02/17/09
Posts: 1269
Loc: Kyle Tx
got a new to me boat that takes on a lot of water, I have to turn the bilge pump on once an hour for a couple of minutes, looked over the hull and cant find any damage, I am thinking it is from the sealant around the holes in the transom(live well, live well pump and two other hoses that I haven't traced down where they are going) what is the best product to seal these areas with? I thought it might be a cracked hose but at this point I do not know. Anyone have any suggestions to how to find the leak?
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#11227386 - 11/16/15 02:32 PM Re: looking for a leak [Re: tincan86]
buton Offline
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Registered: 05/28/10
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Loc: Cypress,Tx
as a new boat owner i had a situation where i thought i had a leak. So to find the leak i simply filled the boat with water on my garage and then looked where the water was coming out from the boat. turned out to be that the plug was not tight enough.
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#11227403 - 11/16/15 02:39 PM Re: looking for a leak [Re: tincan86]
kingdad101 Offline
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Registered: 10/24/05
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Loc: W.F. Texas
if its a fitting type leak, 3M 4200 Fast Cure Marine Sealant will do it..

most any Marine dealer will have it, plus Academy here carries it...

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#11227565 - 11/16/15 03:52 PM Re: looking for a leak [Re: tincan86]
tincan86 Offline
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I thought it might be the plug I replaced them with new plugs and it is still taking on water, I am leaning towards the fittings even if it isn't a fitting issue it would be piece of mind to replace the sealant
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#11227583 - 11/16/15 04:01 PM Re: looking for a leak [Re: buton]
jackiekennedyfishingguide Offline
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Originally Posted By: buton
as a new boat owner i had a situation where i thought i had a leak. So to find the leak i simply filled the boat with water on my garage and then looked where the water was coming out from the boat. turned out to be that the plug was not tight enough.


This is about as simple as it gets, it goes out the same place it comes in.
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#11228417 - 11/16/15 10:30 PM Re: looking for a leak [Re: tincan86]
boatwhisperer Offline
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Registered: 09/25/10
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Loc: hurst, tx
put some water in the boat until you can see where it is coming out makes it very simple
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#11228801 - 11/17/15 08:10 AM Re: looking for a leak [Re: tincan86]
lcbl75771 Offline
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Registered: 03/20/03
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Loc: Lindale, TX
Make sure to check all hoses and connections for livewells.
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#11229232 - 11/17/15 11:27 AM Re: looking for a leak [Re: tincan86]
Topwater2 Offline
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Fill the livewells, sounds like a hose connection problem.
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#11229238 - 11/17/15 11:32 AM Re: looking for a leak [Re: tincan86]
410MAN Online   content
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Registered: 02/03/05
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put RED food coloring in the water,in the insides, boat helps see it better.
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#11229325 - 11/17/15 12:12 PM Re: looking for a leak [Re: tincan86]
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Put the boat in the water at the ramp start looking at everything in the bilge and you will find it. I have seen several leaks where the hose connects to a pump because the plastic connection was cracked or broken. Some aerator pumps have replaceable motor cartridges and will leak from an o-ring.
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#11229330 - 11/17/15 12:15 PM Re: looking for a leak [Re: Topwater2]
Stump jumper Offline
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Registered: 04/19/04
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Originally Posted By: Topwater2
Fill the livewells, sounds like a hose connection problem.
+1, I had a rat chew a hole through a hose once. Fortunately it was not to big that the bilge could not keep up and I was able to fish. Fill the livewells and check and then the hull or vice versa. If you get water in the hull from the livewells then it is either a hose or connection.

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#11229473 - 11/17/15 01:22 PM Re: looking for a leak [Re: tincan86]
Chemdawg Offline
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Registered: 01/22/13
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i had leak on my vey fist bass boak for the life of me i could not fined it so my grand fatter meet me at the lake and h had a big container of baby powder is put it every were in the haul he cold reach put some on the lines and transom bolts as the water came in it would rinse it off he found the leak in about 15mins turd out i had a small crack in my life well line before the pump. you might want to give it a tray check your transom bolts as well they will work them selfs look and let water in i retighten mine every month just in case. good luck

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#11230045 - 11/17/15 07:05 PM Re: looking for a leak [Re: tincan86]
BrazosRiverTom Offline
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Registered: 12/15/12
Posts: 542
Loc: Mineral Wells, TX
Good advice, as I have the same problem. Will try the suggestions here, Thanks

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