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Old 12-10-2018, 07:06 PM
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I'm frozen in the harbor and my starboard Volvo inboard bellows is leaking. Two pumps keeping up with the flow. Anything I can try to slow or block the incoming water?
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Old 12-10-2018, 07:12 PM
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This should be good

if not a troll try shooting foam in there. Be a mess to clean but better than it sinking.

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Old 12-10-2018, 07:14 PM
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Originally Posted by MBerger View Post
I'm frozen in the harbor and my starboard Volvo inboard bellows is leaking. Two pumps keeping up with the flow. Anything I can try to slow or block the incoming water?
Usually bellows leak at the bottom, see if it comes in faster with drives up or down. You could also turn from side to side to see if it slows down. Basically you're screwed but I have to ask what in the hell pocessed you to leave an I/O in the water in a cold climate?
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Old 12-10-2018, 07:32 PM
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How the heck is he going to move the outdrive if it's frozen in the harbor. I think rocksandblues has a good suggestion of trying to shoot some expanding foam in the bellows. I hope you learned not to leave an I/O in the water when it is going to freeze over. Depending on how hard it froze over you could be looking at some serious damage.
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Originally Posted by MBerger View Post
I'm frozen in the harbor and my starboard Volvo inboard bellows is leaking. Two pumps keeping up with the flow. Anything I can try to slow or block the incoming water?
What harbor?
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Old 12-10-2018, 07:40 PM
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No experience with it but I would try the Flex seal tape.

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Old 12-10-2018, 07:48 PM
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How "frozen"?

Your best bet is to get hauled. Can you use your port engine to break your way out? Shouldn't take much if the ice isn't too thick.

It's only going to get worse. Need to get that bad boy outta there.
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Old 12-10-2018, 07:53 PM
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Originally Posted by ken62k View Post
How the heck is he going to move the outdrive if it's frozen in the harbor. I think rocksandblues has a good suggestion of trying to shoot some expanding foam in the bellows. I hope you learned not to leave an I/O in the water when it is going to freeze over. Depending on how hard it froze over you could be looking at some serious damage.
Think about it, if water's leaking in it's not that frozen. The drives will move.
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Old 12-10-2018, 08:03 PM
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Originally Posted by sjef View Post
Think about it, if water's leaking in it's not that frozen. The drives will move.
I don't think that's a very good assumption, look how they could be and engaged to the ice.
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Old 12-10-2018, 08:09 PM
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get some of the stuff the salvage guys use

I can't remember what it's called but it's an emergency patch that will cure under water

I have also heard of was toilet bowl rings being used, as well as certain "caulks"

slow it down/stop it best you can and make sure pumps, w backup pump are up to task
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Old 12-10-2018, 08:11 PM
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Originally Posted by commuter boats View Post
I don't think that's a very good assumption, look how they could be and engaged to the ice.
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Possibly but he has an outdrive not an outboard. I would think you could raise a drive. Do you think the sugestion to haul the boat makes more sense?
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If you can start the engine and put it in gear at idle, the props will push enough water to clear the ice away, then you can raise the outdrive. The flex tape might actually work. That stuff is pretty strong..
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Old 12-10-2018, 08:23 PM
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What bellows leaks into the boat on a volvo? What model do you have?
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Old 12-10-2018, 08:35 PM
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I dont have any suggestions, other than make sure your pumps have plenty of power. Wish I could help, good luck.
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Old 12-10-2018, 08:41 PM
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How much access do you have, like is the ice thin enough to break up?

i donít love this, but itís a possibility in a tough situation... get a large, heavy plastic/rubber bag. Something big enough to go around the whole outdrive with excess and not tear from a little ice rubbing on it. Then get a tire inner tube that is about the same inner diameter as the outdrive.

Pull bag over the outdrive. Pull deflated inner tube over bag and outdrive. Inflate inner tube. The air pressure should seal the bag at the bottom as long as the space between the outdrive and transom is smaller than the inner tube diameter. The smaller the inner ring diameter and larger the tube diameter the better.

It wonít seal at the top, so this would only work if the top of the outdrive is exposed. Also, water pressure is going to push the water out of the bag into the boat, sealing it right against the outdrive which will increase the risk of it wearing through and failing on the prop or skeg. Iíd wrap all the sharp edges.

Itís possible youíll be cold, wet, and looking for another solution after trying this.
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Old 12-11-2018, 03:43 AM
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If you move the drive you may force a piece of ice to cut the bellows. Look at what you have and proceed cautiously! Put an electric pump (110v) in the boat if you must leave it. Temps are warming in the NE over the next few days.
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Old 12-11-2018, 04:11 AM
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Put some boat air bags under it until it thaws.
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Old 12-11-2018, 05:45 AM
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Get a can of Stay Afloat and use that to block the water from the inside. Sea Tow uses it all the time on boats that are leaking. Look at the videos online. THis stuff works
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Old 12-11-2018, 06:34 AM
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Call insurance company... Increase coverage.
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