It was raining pretty hard yesterday, so my plans to get a couple hours of sailing in were ‘dampened.’ But I decided it would be a good opportunity to get a good look from the inside to see where the boat was leaking. I was fairly certain there was water intrusion at some point since there was a faint moldy smell inside.
Once inside, I was quickly able to locate four points of entry. First, at the base of the companionway hatch, the bottom board doesn’t seal well against the fiberglass. I think there’s supposed to be some sealant at the bottom, but all I can find are remnants of old caulk or something.
Next up was the aft starboard window. Water was making its way through the bottom of the window. It wasn’t a stream or anything like that, but it was a fair amount of water getting in. My guess is I need to remove the window and re-apply some silicone sealer or something like that?
Making my way forward, the next area was easy to locate. There’s water getting in through the hole where the electrical wires go through the deck to the mast. Again, this seems like an easy fix…I’ll let it dry out for a bit and then put some silicone sealer on the deck where the wires protrude. Other ideas?
Lastly, in the v-berth forward hatch, there’s water getting in at one of the corners. I was actually surprised this hatch wasn’t leaking more than it was. I thought it’d be a pretty major source of water intrusion. This is a place I think I might be able to fend off the leak by attaching some rubber stripping on the base of the hatch cover. I’ll have to investigate a little more on this one to make sure I know exactly how the water is getting in. I’ve looked at how expensive these hatches are to replace, so repairing it is really my only option at this point.
I actually considered the day a success even though I didn’t get any sailing time in. I discovered where the leaks are and thankfully they don’t seem too difficult (or expensive) to repair.
If anyone has similar experiences and has ideas on how best to approach these leaks, please let me know by submitting a comment below. Thanks!