RL24, RL28, and RL34 Trailable Yachts
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Replying to:Leak at Keel Bolt into Bilge - RL24 Swing Keel MkIII
I have a slow leak with water collecting into the bilge of my RL24, just infront of the keel trunk. I searched and searched for leaks, without luck. I finally decided while it was on the trailer, to start filling the inside with water to see where it comes out. The only place water comes out is at the port side keel bolt. I saw the little bit of water trickling out when I crawled underneath and looked up inside the keel trunk. After I cleaned up all the water I began looking for a solution by removing the previous sealant. I have removed most of the sealant I can, but I don't know what to do next. The water is not coming into the cabin, just down into what must be a small bilge area below the cabin floor and bottom of the boat. I just don't understand how the keel bolt is suppose to seal, and where the access to the bilge from the keel bolt is. Please help. Do I need to remove the keel?