C26 leaking portlights
I was gifted a 1977
Columbia 26T sailboat a few years ago. A few tunes up later and it's ship shape
and fun to sail. One issue I can't seem to get resolved is all six of
it's portal windows leak to some degree. Last spring I attempted a fix
by caulking all the windows and frames with Boatlife, Life-Seal, clear
caulk. I ran a generous bead of it along the seam where the window
meets the frame and where the frame meets the hull, on the exterior of the boat. (you're right, you cant fix leaks with Caulking!) Today, I just uncovered the boat for the first time since the heavy rains this
past couple weeks. The boat didn't have much for water inside, just a small puddle on the bench on
the downhill side. What I am finding is "drool" marks where the water
has seaped in. It has also dragged along with it some dark brown
residue, presumably from the interior of the window frame, which has
dried into a goo the conistency of tree sap. What is this stuff? I am
really hesitant do open these 32 year window frames up and attempt to
re-seal them. 1, I am a rookie boat owner and I don't want to create a
larger project than necesary. 2. I'm not sure I have the skills to
remove the windows and set the new seals. 3. Where do I get the window seals for these 32 year old windows? See attached pictures.
Any ideas for me before I
start a job bigger than I care for?
Last edited by Flightsport; 06-08-2010 at 07:32 AM.