The CS34 has been bone dry all winter. Last night was the first rain since we took the cover off. I checked the bilge under the galley sink, and there is 1" of water in there; something is leaking.
The bilges are shallow on the boat and compartmentalized in small sections that drain into each other ultimately leading to the bilge sump pump.
Don't think it is the windows.
We are suppose to get MAJOR rains in the next two days.
Going to head to the boat after work and remove the salon ceiling panels to troubleshoot the leaks. Perhaps there will be some evidence of leaking.
This needs to be fixed before we put our new cushions on the boat.
Spent a couple of hours on the boat last night, and it was raining HARD the entire time.
I loosened/removed all of the ceiling panels and panels hiding the toe rail bolts in the interior cabinets. I put paper towels in various spots and monitored for water coming in through the hull/deck joint; I could not find any leaks. Sticking my head deep under the galley sink using a flashlight, I could see water trickling in between the outer hull and inner liner.
Where is it coming in? Went forward to the V-Birth and removed all the plywood covers and fiberglass liners. Low and behold there was 2" of fresh water under there, as well as evidence of water stains from water that had long evaporated. Smelled very "boaty" under there. Water was leaking from the anchor locker into the hull beneath the V-Birth and down to the bilge.
Think the hose for the anchor locker drain is split. Should be an easy fix.
Got all the chain and rode out of the locker
- remove all the anchor chain/rode from the locker
- clean out the locker
- look for leaks
- replace the drain hose
- replace the deck wash hose
- clean up water stains under the V-Birth
- test for leaks one more time