In twenty five years of selling and servicing Amels, I have never
seen a head discharge through hull leak. There is a first time
for everything. The way I tracked down problems like this in the
past was to use talcum/body powder. Dust on a heavy layer around
where the water collects. When the leak comes, the "trails" point
at the direction from which they emanate.
To check on the rudder shaft, take up the bedding and open the
cushion supports in the aft cabin. Have another person power
the boat at full speed (8+++ knots) for a few minutes. Look at
the shaft seal. If it will ever leak it will do it then as the
stern is now very deep in the water and the pressure is the
Joel F. Potter, SM # 400 "MARY BROWN"
Thanks for the advise.
I have observed the leak while in port over one week, using shower
and toilet frequently, nothing happened. So I do believe that it
should not be from that side and most probably from the rudder
shaft. Only one thing I take also in consideration is that, that I
have the feeling to have detected a small crack at the place were the
toilet outlet is going trough the shell (maybe only in the paint).
Do you think, this may could be a possibility too, as this hole is
slightly above water level when idle, but well in water when sailing
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"Joel F. Potter" <email@example.com> wrote:
I have SM #400 and had a similar experience.
First, be absolutely sure it is salt water.
I say this because on my previous
Super Maramu, I had a small leak in the hose from the
shower sump. The water tasted salty but it was actually
soap residue and other funky bilge residue. If it is
salt, it can come from three places, the portholes and
hatches, the salt water feed to the toilet, or the rudder
stuffing box/shaft gland. The last is unlikely and will be
obvious by a salt water residue trail from the rudder shaft
forward. It's probably the salt water feed to the toilet.
That's what it was with my boat.
Joel F. Potter SM# 400, MARY BROWN