Dufour Association: New mail

44 leak

You have received a new message from Bernard Hobart.

I have a 44 in UK
This may seem a daft question,have you tasted the water for salt or fresh water?

If your sea cocks are dry
That leaves the gear box hull seal, if there is a leak from this, the water finds it’s way
Under the storage bin under the cabin sole adj galley and then to the bilge

Also the rear area near the quadrant has a drain which exits under the rear hull , there is no sea cock on this,if this were to leak you won’t see the water till it is in the bilge
This is accessed through the starboard cabin rear panel.
To check the keel area for leaks block off the lumber holes from the floors and dry bilge, then leave and re check

Let me know results