I think I found the leak! Inside the centerboard trunk on my '86
there is a "V" shaped stop on the aft end for the centerboard to rest
against. It is held in place by 2 screws through the trunk. Those
screws were not sealed, and the port one looks like it was the source
of the leak.
So, I'm going to build up the outside of the centerboard trunk in the
area with glass and epoxy to seal it up, and remount everything.
I'll repaint the centerboard and well, and replace the pendant and
pendant tube while I'm at it.
Boy, what a relief! I just wish I'd found it early enough to get
everything dried out, painted, epoxied, and put back together before
the KY lake trip. Oh well... look for Robin and me on New Song and
sometimes Blew Daze, instead! John and Nell and Pamela and Alex have
been gracious enough to offer rides.
08 Jun 2000
I have an '86 Rhodes 22. The centerboard/keel seems to leak quite a
bit. Have a bilge pump and it keeps up. Also, want photos of
interior of others from this year to refinish inside.
1. Has anyone had leaking problems? How did you fix it?
2. Anyone with pictures of the interior? How do you get exact
20 Jun 2000
The leak can be one of three things:
- 1. Centerboard pennant tube (hose) leaking. Fix: replace hose.
- 2. Centerboard cover gasket. Fix: replace gasket - available from
- 3. Screws that penetrate the sides of the centerboard trunk that
hold plastic piece that keeps the centerboard from rattling around
when in the up position (not on all boats). Fix: Epoxy holes for
screws to seal.
All of the above require pulling some of the interior out. Not hard,
just remove several phillips head screws. Might be a good idea to
open up the interior before you take the boat out of the water so you
can see where the water is coming from.
To repair items 2 or 3 you must take the boat out of the water or you
will get to test how the foam floatation works.
It is also possible that the water is coming from some place other
than the centerboard. For instance the cockpit drain hose located in
the lazerette. Or a through hull for a knot meter. I'd check these
two prior to tearing the interior apart. If these are the source of
the problem, you need to take the boat out to repair them.
Follows are some web address where you can find some interior
20 Jun 2000