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Richard Ritchie View Drop Down
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    Posted: 21 Feb 2012 at 2:45pm
I am advised by JR that water entering under the toe rail can track in the join and come out in several places: in my case through the surround of teh water filler fitting on port deck, into teh lockers.
Might this have been the source of your leak?
It appears to be solved when water no longer gets in with rain, then you have a good upwind blast and there it is again...
I will have to lift toe rail and redo teh filler in the hull join.
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We had the same galley corner drip from the headlining, it stopped when I re-sealed the main hatch garage fixing screws. I think a leak anywhere above the headlining will tend to track to the aft end and come out over the galley or quarter berth.
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Too late to help the original enquirer but for general info I have just had some window glass re bedded in the original frames by C & J International Windows Ltd. (01384 411884). They were quick, extremely efficient, and in "boating terms" not desperately expensive. I haven't refitted them yet but they look very good.

I also have a drip in the galley corner, which may or may not have been the window, so will try resealing the main hatch garage screws.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Richard Ritchie Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 Jun 2012 at 8:34am
Furtther to my comment on the toe rail join: I can now confirm that it has cured my similar leak.
The repair involved unscrewing central part of the toe rail (not as hard as we expected) , scraping/grinding out any obvious cracks (only specific parts: we did not need to grind out the whole join) , refilling them with thickened resin (one of these cracks clearly went through to a void in the deck hull joint below because resin kept flowing in)  and bedding all screws in sikaflex.
It seems to be the voids in deck-hull joint that track water along the boat... (as suggested by Jeremy)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote moongirl Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 Jun 2012 at 9:43pm
Nice to know my drawing in the Tech Section is correct. 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Dolphyn Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Dec 2012 at 4:06pm
Has anyone experience with waterseal tape for fitting the windows to the cabin sides? I read in Yachting Monthly, May 2005, that Minstrel Boy had its windows refitted with them. I think cellotape has this tape called inseal.
Currently, out 4 cabin windows are removed and new ones are to be fitted.

I wonder both about the water tightness (it isn't just rain flowing along these windows, it's also green water (if that's the correct term)) and about the windows being flat, but the cabin sides being curved. I mean, wouldn't tape be too much compressed in the middle ant too little at the ends?
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