Found the ODay Leak(s), Now what ???
01 December 2017 | Reedville, VA
Finally hauled it this week -- sitting at the dock, the bilge pump kicked in about ever 6-7 hours for 20 seconds; and, underway it is about every 2 hours and ten minutes for the same 20-seconds like clock-work, so the leak can't be ignored. I see a lot of commentary on the ODay bolt-on keels leaking, but this isn't one of them.
Two issues, one is the crack at the trailing edge of the keel near the hull/keel joint and the other is what appears to be seepage from within the keel at the very bottom (very slight, but where it shouldn't be after sitting on the hard for 72 hours). The yard manager at Jennings where I usually haul said it was probably caused at some earlier time by a Travel-lift operator setting it down carelessly -- since the keel looked almost new he didn't think it was from a grounding or anything. It is right at the root of the aft keel, but until the weight is taken off the keel when it is in the slings the 5"-6" crack is all but invisible, especially with bottom paint, but of course when the boat goes into the water it can "work" slightly or so he speculated... This is a 1979 model and not the bolt-on keel, so I'm guessing the manager is correct that the damage was done at a previous haul-out because the bottom and keel is otherwise pristine and shows no signs of grounding.
Although rather problematic, since it involves laying up overhead, I think the upper keel/hull crack is structurally manageable with the routine layups of glass and epoxy. I've seen somewhat similar "keel leaks" where the advice was to simply use flexible epoxy to "block-up the crack," but the area looks structural to me and that solution doesn't make me feel warm and fuzzy... What I'm just a tad concerned is the seepage I'm seeing below and its possible ramifications, so that we will have to look at more closely. In any case, my thought is to let the whole thing dry out over the cool months and then attack the glass work in the spring...