hope this is a lesson I have learnt that may save others some hassles.
When I bought 1760 and sailed it pretty much as was, at the Sauna Sail 2009, it leaked badly in the Starboard hull. After stripping the fittings and fixing up many things, it still leaked and continued to do so, I thought it had to be the centreboard cases.
The bottom of the cases looked real ratty.
So I decided for that and more importantly performance reasons to get new boards and cases put in to the boat by a proffesional.
Well to my surprise the Starboard hull still leaked badly, so it wasn't the cases after all, I thought
. So I went about looking for leaks and found quite a few around the decks, in tramp tracks, hatches etc. So now the leaks must be fixed, wrong
. It was still just as bad, where can it be
, can't be the centreboard cases, they are new and it leaked the same with the old ones.
Finally tonight after sailing I decided to just fill the hulls with water and see what happens, well you wouldn't believe it the centre board cases had water dripping out of them, from about half way up inside
The unbelievable part is that by coincidence, the starboard case has the worst problem, so the starboard hull was getting the most water in, just as the boat originally did.
If I had a dollar for everybody that said it must be the plate cases, I could have paid for the job by now, but I ignored them and my own thoughts, because I just didn't believe that it could happen to the same hull twice
So the lesson is never ignore the obvious, even if it doesn't seem possible, check the obvious first.