Building the 91/2 foot Nutshell Pram on my front porch. Ready for a day's sail at Lake Walcott State Park on the Snake River of South Central Idaho.
This post is a departure from the usual modeling subjects, but I need help from anyone who is familiar with recreational sailboat construction.
My problem is how to trace and seal a persistant leak on the centerboard trunk of my Nutshell sailing pram that I built on my front porch. I have tried to set the pram on sawhorses, fill in interior with water, then crawl under the boat with a flashlight and trace the dripping water. Thinking I have found the leak, I drain the water, turn the boat over and apply marine silicone sealant to the perceived leaking joint.
However, the next time I set my pram on the water, the same leak appears forcing me to sail and bail at the same time with wet feet. My little pram is a pleasure to sail even in strong winds, but having water slosh on the boat bottom subtracts from the sailing experience.
I would appreciate if anyone can suggest a solution to my sailing dilemma.
Montani simpre liberi. Happy modeling to all and everyone.
Crackers, Jerome, Idaho