G'day. Last time I took the Hartley out it took on quite a bit of water. Couldn't find any damage to the hull or holes or cracks so it had me stumped. Today we chained the boat trailer to the bucket on my neighbours excavator. I climbed aboard and he gently pushed the boat out into his farm dam.
There are three leaks- and one is quite bad. All of them are along the seam where the centre board case is bolted down. It's been bedded into a thick layer of goop which is still somewhat flexible despite its age- hard to tell what it is under many layers of paint. My question is; Can I tighten down the bolts and stop or drastically slow the leak? Or is that likely to break the seal along the whole thing and make matters worse? I'm really hoping that I don't have to remove and refasten the case. Advise me please oh wise and salty ones. JayInOz