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  1. #41
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    Default Re: Sternthruster problems - advice?

    just take it all out, seal up the hole, fit a bilge pump in the compartment and get a crew with a tender to chase after the boat for docking etc.

  2. #42
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    Default Re: Sternthruster problems - advice?

    Quote Originally Posted by MapisM View Post
    Does the hatch get washed while cruising?
    No it doesnt because thats what I thought originally. Any seawater that gets onto the hatch is occasionally blown there by a beam wind but most of the time its dry whilst at speed

  3. #43
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    Default Re: Sternthruster problems - advice?

    Quote Originally Posted by simonfraser View Post
    +1 But this is a bit of closing the door after............. Find how the water is getting in, my guess is coming up the rudder stocks

    have you tasted the water yet ? salty ?
    Its not coming up the rudder stocks. Again I thought that and had the rudder stock bearings/seals changed last winter but the water is still getting in. Yes I have tasted the water but it was difficult to actually tell whether it was salty or not because I had a hydraulic hose for the steering in that compartment burst last season (probably another result of the moisture down there) and it was difficult to taste anything other than hydraulic oil. Yes I know hydraulic oil is toxic!

    Is it possible to test water for saline content other than by sticking it in your mouth because if I knew 100% for sure whether it was salt or freshwater that would narrow down the possible causes considerably?

  4. #44
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    Default Re: Sternthruster problems - advice?

    Quote Originally Posted by mikef View Post
    Is it possible to test water for saline content other than by sticking it in your mouth because if I knew 100% for sure whether it was salt or freshwater that would narrow down the possible causes considerably?
    Don't know if these would do it or not
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/API-SALTWAT.../dp/B001EUE808
    https://www.ukpoolstore.co.uk/acatal...st_Strips.html

  5. #45
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    Default Re: Sternthruster problems - advice?

    I have one of these which I keep on the boat just as an extra check for the water maker

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Accurate-Te...s%2C167&sr=8-6

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    Default Re: Sternthruster problems - advice?

    Quote Originally Posted by markc View Post
    I have one of these which I keep on the boat just as an extra check for the water maker

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Accurate-Te...s%2C167&sr=8-6
    I have also one for exactly the same reason (although it usually gets only 100ppm, so things are still fine)
    problem is that if the water is dirty(ish) as it would be in a bilge, especially if it had some hydraulic oil thrown in I doubt it would help and I'm not willing to test mine with fresh water+oil mix to check as I'm afraid I may damage the thing!

    V.

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    Default Re: Sternthruster problems - advice?

    Quote Originally Posted by Croftie View Post
    Ordered one thanks

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    Default Re: Sternthruster problems - advice?

    Any chance of sticking a cheap go pro type camera in the locker next time you take it out, might give you some clues .

  9. #49
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    Default Re: Sternthruster problems - advice?

    Just a thought, could you temp "seal" the hatch lid externally with something like gaffer tape

  10. #50
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    Default Re: Sternthruster problems - advice?

    Quote Originally Posted by Croftie View Post
    Just a thought, could you temp "seal" the hatch lid externally with something like gaffer tape
    all too simple, not tasting the water either, this is a troll ?

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