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Old 05-30-2017, 08:28 AM   #21
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I have had mystery water in the bilge in the past. Fortunately all is dry now, but here are sources that I have had to address in the past:

1) Cutlass bearing housing needed resealing
2) Adjust/replace stuffing box
3) Rubber seal for transmission coolant pipe needed replacing
4) Impeller housing
5) Raw water pump for diesel
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Old 05-30-2017, 08:35 AM   #22
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I decided to haul it out today. Heading to marina in a few to check it out. May do the bottom while it's out.
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Old 05-30-2017, 08:46 AM   #23
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I had a Trojan F32 that had a hollow keel. Over the years water had leaked into the keel through the thin fiberglass covering the hollow area. I had a bad odor in the boat. I finally drilled a hole in the covering fiberglass. It then smelled worse than a black water tank. I removed the covering glass and cleaned out the hollow keel area, smell was gone. It smelled like rotting onions and was really really bsd. Good luck.
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I had a Trojan F32 that had a hollow keel. Over the years water had leaked into the keel through the thin fiberglass covering the hollow area. I had a bad odor in the boat. I finally drilled a hole in the covering fiberglass. It then smelled worse than a black water tank. I removed the covering glass and cleaned out the hollow keel area, smell was gone. It smelled like rotting onions and was really really bsd. Good luck.
Thats the smell I have now. Wife said fix it or sell it but she can't take the smell.
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Old 05-30-2017, 11:23 AM   #25
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Thats the smell I have now. Wife said fix it or sell it but she can't take the smell.
How much are you asking for the boat?
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Old 05-30-2017, 12:07 PM   #26
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I don't know if Presidents have hollow keels or not. Something to check out.
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Old 05-30-2017, 04:13 PM   #27
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How much are you asking for the boat?



I was joking about selling. I would like a bigger boat but would need around $75k out of mine to make it happen. I've spent a lot on money on the boat this month. All new Garmin GPS chart plotter, Garmin radar and Garmin auto pilot. New Enclosures plus a lot of other work.
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Old 05-30-2017, 06:29 PM   #28
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Good advice to open up the hollow keel, if you suspect or know you have one. Easy to cut a suitable sized hole and install a deck access port, like the Beckson Ports. Ingress could be practically anywhere: poor layup of the cover to damage from grounding. Despairing of actually finding and curing the leak, the access port would make coping with the dirty, smelly water easy.

I did that for the in-keel water tank on our LeComte North East 38; much easier than removing the huge cover, made for easy cleaning and removal of water for the winter. The LeComte had concealed hollow places elsewhere in the keel; I found the water and vacuumed it out; sealed the maststep bolts and no further trouble. Interestingly, the LeComte also had poor layup at the trailing edge of the hollow keel; discovered when it was weeping while on the hard.

We've owned four boats that had a characteristic and unpleasant smell. We have cured the problem on each one: fix the problem, dry it out, clean it out, keep it dry.
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Old 05-30-2017, 06:35 PM   #29
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Had a similar problem. Followed a rust trail on the engine. The engine has a very slow drip leak. Had it repaired. Touched up the engine rust stains to determine if/when leak returned.
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I will have it on the hard this week. Maybe I will see some kind of sign or damage.
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Old 05-30-2017, 09:20 PM   #31
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If you can locate other owners of the same model boat you have they may be familiar with the hollow keel, if there is one, and a solution. If a President owners group exists that would be a good place to start.
My boat does have a hollow keel but has an inspection plate.
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I will do a search to see if there is a President owner group. I can't find anything online about the keel.
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The President user group is pretty much dead as far as I can tell. I posted some questions and didn't get much if any response. Not much new on it the last time I checked. Too bed.
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I will have it on the hard this week. Maybe I will see some kind of sign or damage.


Any news?
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Yes. We found small crack at the prop shaft strut. Letting it dry out and will check it out in the morning. I have my survey guy stopping by to meet with me and the shop guy. We will drop the strut to make sure the hull didn't wick water the length of the hull. Will check hull with moisture meter just to be sure.
Appears I hit something at some point. I think it was a pylon floating with a 2x12 bolted to it when I was going down the ICW last month. That's about the time we noticed the water followed by the smell.
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