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Dan Corcoran
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Boat Storage, water question

Post by Dan Corcoran » Mon Dec 24, 2018 4:13 pm

First season storing Strider mast up. Was shocked to find 5 gallons of water in the bilge after one week of rain (bilge switch is off, canvas cover on). Is this normal??? Stored in Huntington, NY

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Re: Boat Storage, water question

Post by Vento Solare » Mon Dec 24, 2018 4:25 pm

Dan,

Potential sources that I found and fixed. The hole where the steaming light cable goes through the mast was a source. Water wicked down into the mast junction box. A dab of caulk on the hole fixed it. Other potential sources:
  • Rectangular access cover to steering gear behind wheel - gasket was shot. Used Lifeseal caulk in the groove and will cut with razor blade if I need to remove it.
  • Engine control lever - water will get in through the rotating assy. Duct tape it if you get water by that part of the boat with cover on.
  • Pushpit attachment to deck - found I needed to rebed the stbd pushpit and that stopped a lot of water. Looking underneath it was obvious that water had been entering there.

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Re: Boat Storage, water question

Post by Dan Corcoran » Tue Jan 01, 2019 10:27 am

A couple more gallons. The boat is covered, there is just no place for rain to come in except down the mast. Why gallons ???

The humidity is really high, at 71% maybe its sweating?

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Re: Boat Storage, water question

Post by Vento Solare » Tue Jan 01, 2019 4:41 pm

When the cover is off in the spring have someone go around all of topsides with a hose while you crawl below. You be surprised what you find. That is how I located most of my leaks that I was able to stop.

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Re: Boat Storage, water question

Post by Dan Corcoran » Tue Jan 01, 2019 6:30 pm

Will do. Thank you

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Re: Boat Storage, water question

Post by Mvallus » Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:06 pm

Dan,

I had a similar problem the first year with mast up. Most, if not all of the water was coming from the mast. A few things helped greatly: ensuring a tight fit of the mast boot and adding silicone (or Lifeseal), especially within the main track just above the vang fitting (water tends to literally flow down this track). I also wrap the mast with a large towel just above the vang bracket to catch additional water. Lastly, I cover the halyard exit/entrance plates with painter's tape.

Boot: http://www.rigrite.com/Spars/Sparcraft_ ... 5_mast.php

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Re: Boat Storage, water question

Post by MK-Farthing » Tue Jan 15, 2019 6:13 pm

1. Inside of mast - this was our last point of entry and tricky to solve. The mast has a "dam" located just below the lowest halyard exit slot. Ours was/is held in place by a single rivet. I think the dam is made of some form of plastic (possibly UHMW). Anyway water was coming down mast and leaking around edges of Dam, past the dam and into the bilge. I sealed edges with a liquid rubber product. It was not an easy process but after chasing leaks for the first year we had a VERY dry boat.

Edit: The mast manual shows the "Dam" and refers to it as "internal water proofing". https://j109.org/docs/charleston_spar_j ... manual.pdf


2. Anchor locker - also a mystery leak - I found a small hole in our anchor locker that communicated to the center line bilge . Found it while washing out anchor locker. I would test this area as well when you do the hose test as Bill suggest.
Mike Farthing
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PDX, OR

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