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Boat will sink unless fixed, found a leak :-/

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lundbladc

Does anyone have any idea what part I need to order to fix this issue? I put it in the water this year and went to a party down the lake. After getting back to the dock I noticed the bilge pump kept running more frequently than it should. So my friend and I did some exploring and identified this nasty leak. Does anyone have any suggestions on what part I need or could order to fix this issue?

1999 Malibu response LX

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oldjeep

Ugg, it looks like your HDS box was full of water and froze, cracking the lid.    Take all those screws out and remove the cover, make sure no damage was done to the rest of the box.  If the box is OK then you can just make a new cover, reseal it and go on your way.

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edwin

 

 

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solorex

You will have to make a new lid, go to any plastics supplier and you should be able to get a scrap sheet of ABS.  I have always used Butyl Tape with great success around the perimeter where the bolts are:  https://www.westmarine.com/buy/incom--butyl-caulking-tape--P015730286

Also surprised to see your floorboard is plywood, mine is aluminum honeycomb.

 

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1HELLUVALIFE
16 minutes ago, formulaben said:

Thats what i had done on my 99slxi, water would leak where the hds box meets the floor of the boat, as well as the lid. this is a permanent fix. 

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lundbladc
59 minutes ago, oldjeep said:

Ugg, it looks like your HDS box was full of water and froze, cracking the lid.    Take all those screws out and remove the cover, make sure no damage was done to the rest of the box.  If the box is OK then you can just make a new cover, reseal it and go on your way.

Ya, I was hoping there was a panel I could order to solve this issue, I will see what I can do about getting another piece of plastic and glue and screw it back on. As for why the rear piece is made of plywood, check out this 

 

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solorex

^nice work.  Like I said above the butyl tape is even better than caulking in the sense that if you want to access the box again it comes off and goes on a lot easier.  But sounds like caulking is just fine.

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BlindSquirrel

What prevents the same thing from happening to that new cover this winter?

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lundbladc

@BlindSquirrel I am quite sure someone stepped on it when it was brittle... Also the new one is twice as thick.

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