It is not uncommon or unusual to discover water in your hull on occasion. Most often, water gets in the hull from either a missing stern plug or a port lid that has not been screwed down properly. Another source can be old or missing silicone around the screws. However, on occasion you may find water inside the boat that cannot be explained for these reasons. The first step you need to take is to try to determine the source of the leak. With this information, we can tell you what steps you can take to remedy the problem.
The way we do it here at the shop is to make sure that the port cover is in tightly, then blow several large breaths of air into the drain hole (gently, do not over-pressurize!), and then quickly plug it with a stopper. Next go around the boat with a squirt bottle full of soapy water and spray at any and all suspect area’s as well as vulnerable spots, such as around any screw or bolt, the port ring, fin slot and deck edge. If you see areas where it’s blowing bubbles, that will be the source of your leak.