My 2001 209 sprung a leak last season. I am going to be brining into the garage for some winter projects, but the biggest one will be identifying the location of the leak. I am pretty confident that the leak only occurs when the boat is not moving, but it is difficult to tell. I imagine it is one of two things, either my packing is leaking or the rudder seal has deteriorated. My plan at this point, with some help from Grant, is to pull the flooring above the packing and set it out in the water to see if we can locate the leak.
Two questions for you......
If it is my packing, does anyone have experience either tightening the packing or replacing it? and which do you suggest?
If I need to replace it, I understand it needs to drip at a certain speed? Is it drips per second? minute? etc.
If it is my rudder seal, what is involved in replacing it?
The success of my 2006 season is in your hands, please help. Grant will kill me if I sink his Sound Illusions stereo install