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Leaks and spider cracks

Hi All,

After weeks of intense rain up here in the Pacific NW, the only drips we found in Traveler were 2 chain plates and 4 out of 6 portlights. The portlight fix was easy... new gaskets (old ones were totaly flattened and hard), chain plates... well at least we know what's leaking and have drip catchers installed untill I get at it.

So, for the past 5 days we have had a cold snap, down to as low as 23F at night. The dew moisture never does evaporate completely off the boat even in the sunlight, daytime highs don't get to 50F. We have drips in the headliner in the V berth. They start in the center right were the cabin structure raises up on the fore deck and have found their way down around both sides going aft. So far only a couple drips made it to the V berth, but I used 1/2 roll of paper towels blotting all the water I could. I went outside to find this directly over the center area, (see pictures). ADMIN HELP... GETTING AN INTERNAL SERVER MESSAGE WHILE TRYING TO UPLOAD PICTURES.Is this possibly the source of the leak or should I look for something else?

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Re: Leaks and spider cracks

No pics yet...

What you're seeing this week could just be condensation - don't believe it's rained there?

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Dave... open a photobucket.com acct, upload your pictures there and paste the IMG CODE link option directly into the body of your post. Bypass the SN upload tool, don't use any icons, just 'copy and paste' the PB link code. Better for everyone.

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Dave... open a photobucket.com acct, upload your pictures there and paste the IMG CODE link option directly into the body of your post. Bypass the SN upload tool, don't use any icons, just 'copy and paste' the PB link code. Better for everyone.
Done. I did like the thumbnails though.
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Done. I did like the thumbnails though.
I edited your post above to 'embed' the pics... no need to use a link. Using the IMG CODE linking option does this and it also sizes the picture appropriately.

That gelcoat crazing rarely penetrates into the laminate...

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Re: Leaks and spider cracks

Thanks Faster! I have read some other posts and have a better understanding about the structure. I agree, don't think the water is coming from there. The condensation thought is scaring me though.

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Dave, have you looked into solar vents or a dehumidifier? The vents are great if you have her hauled.

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Re: Leaks and spider cracks

Hey Jim,

We just got a killer stainless dehumidifier... except when the temp goes below 45-50... it's useless. When we go to the boat when it's cold (like this week past), humidity in the boat is 78-82% until we turn on the heater and then it goes down to 68% or so after a couple hours with the heat on. I'm considering one of those circulating air dryers to go along with the dehumidifier and hopefully be covered for the temp swings.

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Dehumidifiers are really just chillers with fans to blow the air past a cold plate.. cooling air below the dew point 'drops out' moisture which then collects in the reservoir.

If it's too cold the condensing water 'freezes' and eventually cakes the plate and it's no longer effective.

Good idea to have enough heat on board to prevent freezing if you're going to run a dehumidifier.

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Re: Leaks and spider cracks

I run my dehumidifier (just a small Eva-Dry 1100) on a timer that is set to 1.5 hours off for every 4.5 hours of run time. That gives it a chance to de-ice when the temp is low. I'm still collecting plenty of water in it even though it is falling near freezing at night.

I re-did the hull/deck joint on one side of my boat late this fall, but didn't get time to get to the other side yet. This completely eliminated water coming into the boat on the starboard side, I look forward to doing the port side and having an even drier boat. On my boat this was a 2 4-hour day project (needs to be 2 days to give the sealant time to dry), but it can vary a lot depending on how the hull/deck joint is assembled on each boat. The outward facing flange that Pearson used is probably the easiest to rebed. I look forward to doing the other side (probably in the spring) and having a dry boat.

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