How can I troubleshoot the source of water intrusion into my boat?
Water leaks can be the most difficult problems to diagnose and correct. The key is to identify those conditions in which you generally find water in your boat (e.g., after a rain shower, after you wash down the cockpit, only after use in rough seas, etc.) Once you've identified these conditions, you should be able to narrow down the possible sources for the water intrusion. For example, if you find water on your boat's cabin floor, but only after a thorough cockpit wash down, chances are a cockpit drain fitting or a cabin door or window is leaking.updated: 4/1/2008