March 30 – April 5.
Duwan has this odd idea that all water should stay on the outside of our boat. I agree, in principle. But when we’re sailing along in high winds with the rails underwater some of it’s going to sneak in. Or, like when it rains really really hard. Anyway, however water gets in, we’ve both gotten tired of sleeping on wet sheets. Time to re-bed all the deck hardware and close up those leaks.
The standard way to re-bed deck fittings is outlined by boat maintenance expert Don Casey. He recommends removing, cleaning, and forming a gasket with some non-silicone material like Life Caulk. Then you tighten down the fitting finger-tight and let the caulk cure (for up to a week). Then you tighten completely, supposedly making a compressed water-tight seal.
I don’t like the caulk. It’s hard to work with, and once you open a tube you should use it all quickly. And we have at least 25 of these to do, at the rate of three or so per day. We’re going with a different method I found online.