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ctalmage 01-02-2014 07:55 AM

Leak near main cabin port lights on E32
Hi - I recently purchased a 1981 E32 an have found a leak somewhere near the starboard center port lights in the main cabin. Has anyone had a similar issue? I am planning on replacing the Beckson port light seals first and then move on from there. Any thoughts or ideas on where to look? Thanks, Cal

CalebD 01-02-2014 03:57 PM

Re: Leak near main cabin port lights on E32
The Beckson ports on my friends E32 of similar vintage are in terrible shape and leak as well. His are beyond repairing and need to be replaced.
This is one of the few items on the E32 that is a poor design choice. The Beckson ports are cheap plastic affairs that do not inspire "blue water" confidence in the least. Yours have lasted over 30 years which I suspect is longer than they were expected to. You can get replacement Beckson ports and seals but ...

At least one E32 owner here (Mario) has replaced the Beckson ports with New Found Metals ports. An expensive proposition and a big-ish job but an upgrade worthy of a blue water boat.

All your port lights are suspect to leakage (5 on each side).

ctalmage 01-05-2014 02:51 PM

Re: Leak near main cabin port lights on E32
Thanks for the reply. I am going to try replacing the starboard side seals and see if that helps.
I also noticed a slight gap between the toe rail and deck which looks like it as caulked some time ago. Do you think this could be a source of the leak? I was planning on caulking that also once the weather warms up.
I am not familiar with the construction methods on how the hull and deck are joined - do you have any info you could share on this?
Thanks again - Cal

awahl 01-07-2014 09:18 PM

Re: Leak near main cabin port lights on E32
Hi- It's probably the toe rail AND the port.... Also could be the hand hold fittings (especially for the more forward Beckson port)- we had some water running down from that one- just enough to leak around and down the ceiling-

CharlieCobra 01-08-2014 12:44 AM

Re: Leak near main cabin port lights on E32
We recently had to replace the teak side panels inside a E34 because of leaking ports and handrails. Was not fun because of the way the fabric headliner is laid in. We had to replace a section of it along with a zipper and re-tab the settee box back in because of delamination. The cockpit cubbies were also rotting out and had to be cut out, rebuilt and glassed back in.

CalebD 01-08-2014 05:20 PM

Re: Leak near main cabin port lights on E32
Have you visited the Endeavor owners group?
Endeavour Sailboat Owners Forum
There may be some information on the hull/deck joint there.

As for caulking/bedding deck hardware Butyl tape comes highly recommended:
***Buy Bed-It Butyl Tape*** Photo Gallery by Compass Marine at

bigdogandy 01-15-2014 05:42 AM

Re: Leak near main cabin port lights on E32
I had leaks coming from the screws that attached the teak trim strip on the cabin trunk above the portlights and from the stanchion bases.....rebedding with butyl tape stopped those. The teak paneling inside the cabin is ruined, and replacing them is one of the items on the to do list for the future!

jimgo 01-15-2014 10:07 AM

Re: Leak near main cabin port lights on E32
Beckson sells replacement seals, and screens too. And they aren't insanely expensive, either. They are a PITA to install properly, but it's nice when the water stops coming in. :)

bigdogandy 01-16-2014 09:58 PM

Re: Leak near main cabin port lights on E32
I tried the replacement gaskets from Beckson and they lasted about two years before they started leaking again. I've had to replace the replacements already, so I broke down and bought a set of the Newfound Metals tri-matrix ports at the Miami boat show a while back (now just need to tackle the project of installing them!)

Robbyn 04-12-2014 09:43 PM

Re: Leak near main cabin port lights on E32
Boat is leaking badly this spring not sure if it is stansion toe rail or Wood trim. I have all the interior walls pulled out and I'm waiting for a good rain.

Question what calk did you all use for your Toe rail... I am going to look into tape rig, trim and stansions but I have read about Siko, 5200 and life calk.

Do you want strength or flexibility here.

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