Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The saga continues

Any boat has deck leaks.

Every boat has deck leaks.

Any boat that doesn't currently have deck leaks, is just between leaks.

For the past several years, Eolian has been leak free.  But not now.  All my efforts to date to seal the deck penetration where the mast goes thru have been to no avail.  And now that it gets dark so early, it is not possible for me to carefully examine things when I get home from work.  The examination needs to be careful and detailed.  Because an amazing amount of water can come in thru the tiniest of holes.

To date, I have been focusing on the joint between the mast boot and the mast.  At the next opportunity (Friday morning, if it isn't raining) I will redirect my efforts to the deck ring where the bottom of the boot attaches.  I will pull up the bottom of the mast boot and check to see if the deck ring itself is serving as the entry point.

That's the plan.

If it doesn't rain.

Life on a boat is like this.


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7 comments:

middlebaysailing said...

Astonishing that you've been leak-free for several years. My boat probably wasn't leak-free when it was new, never mind now.

Rick

Deb said...

I wonder what would happen if you used a strip of butyl under the clamp on the boot?

Our mast boot is about the only thing that DOESN'T leak on the boat...right now I'd trade you your mast leak for my hatch leaks.

Deb
S/V Kintala
www.theretirementproject.blogspot.com

Robert Salnick said...

Rick -

Well, that's what I get for mentioning it...

bob

Robert Salnick said...

Deb -

So far as I can tell at this point, the water is not coming in where the boot joins the mast. I now suspect the ring on the deck that the bottom of the boot attaches to, but I need two things to do a good job of inspection there: daylight and an end to the rain. It is pouring right now. Once the rains start in Seattle, they are SERIOUS.

bob

Robert Salnick said...

Deb -

Our hatches are probably pretty primitive in design by comparison to yours. But they do not leak...

I've never understood why the modern hatches leak. But then I don't understand why my mast boot leaks either...

bob

middlebaysailing said...

Fantastic job on the hatch rehab, btw. Stunning, really.

Rick

Robert Salnick said...

Thanks Rick!

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