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.
9 thoughts on “Let’s keep that Water on the Outside”
I just did same on Ukiyo. You were smart to use that butyl tape. You should have a dry saloon from now on.
Very impressive fix ups.
Thank goodness for dolphins – they sure brighten up the day. That’s a great picture you took of them!
Impressive repairs!! The dolphins are great, too!
Fantastic job! What type of tape did you use for the boot?
I used C S Johnson Rubbaweld mast boot tape, ordered online from Defender.
Ordered mine and received it yesterday! Headed to the boat today to put this to use! Enjoy your holiday weekend.
Great! Hope it goes (went) well!