I have a serious hull leak and it's not in the usual (hull/deck joint, cockpit bailer/hull interface) place that I can find. I think there's a thread that I can't locate which describes the technique for soap bubble testing?
Thanks! I'll be trying this as soon (or if it ever) as it stops raining here in N. CA.Maybe this article is what you are thinking of:
Leaky Hull Air TestUse this test to find leaks in the hull of your sunfish. Materials Needed: Cellophane Tape Bucket Water Liquid Detergent Paint Brush Tire Pump/Compressed Air Procedure: 1. Mix 50% water and 50% soap to make a quart of sudsy water. 2. Tape...sailingforums.com
It’s written for a Sunfish but I think it mostly applies to the Laser/ILCA as well.
This is where my suspicions lie. How did you eventually find this? Bubble test?Check rear centreboard case. Took us three years to fid this
Probably. To find such a leak you need to tape the low end of the slot and draw a soap bubble across the upper end.This is where my suspicions lie. How did you eventually find this? Bubble test?
Yes, for sure. After 41 years of sometimes hitting things with the daggerboard, my old Irish Laser finally decided to leak.I think that these types of cracks are the result of the daggerboard hitting something.