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post #5 of Old 08-30-2006
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TB- HUH! I haven't replied yet.

Where is the cabin actually leaking from? Have you traced the source of the water, which can travel a long way from where it actually enters the cabin. It is probably not due to the cracks in the gel coat, because those are generally superficial and cosmetic...and the laminate beneath would have to also be cracked for them to lead to water leaking. Most likely, the water is making its way into the cabin via a piece of deck hardware, like winches or handrails, which are through-bolted through the cabin top and the caulking is too old and has given way. The two other major sources of leaks are ports and chainplates.

Before doing anything about the gelcoat cracks, find the real source of the leak. If it is the cracks in the gelcoat...you've probably got bigger worries than a bit of water, as that means the cabin top is fractured through in some areas—really not good.

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