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so every year when I start getting the boat ready to put in the water, I find a lot of water in the wells down in the **** pit. also, the upholstery on the sides is wet. its alot of water. this year its even on the cabin floor. is this coming in through where the chain plates are fitted? any thoughts on this?
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Chain plates could be a contributer. However, there are many places that water could be creeping in. What typr of headiner do you have? I had a carpeted one...silly I know. I removed the whole thing primarily so that I could keep an eye on all the seals and fittings. Best thing to do would be to dry the inside and set up a garden hose and camp out for a little inside the boat..... the culprit may be found right before your very eyes.
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The water could be coming in from a lot of different places.. Chainplates, leaking ports, keel-stepped mast, cable connections, vents, all can leak. It would help if you said what the boat was, how it was stored, and gave a bit more information...

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Dry off the interior as best as you can and then sprinkle talcum powder about the interior surfaces... then spray the outside...any leaks will show up as trails in the talcum powder...

Be aware that some leaks, especially those above the headliner, can travel a long way before showing up inside the cabin.

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Didn't know about the Talcum powder trick...good to know. Especially once I put everything back together on this refit...bound to be something not sealed right.
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have a 86 cal 22, mast is stepped. if I leave this go and don't fix it, do I run the risk of causing delamination of the deck or anything like that?
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Honestly, If you know that you have the problem of leakage...why on earth would you consider taking the risk? Even the smallest of leaks can, over time, cause great damage. As well as the associated musty smells in the summer...or maybe thats just a New Jersey humidity thing. I would certainly at least make an attempt to track down the leak so you can keep an eye on things.
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Kind of depends on where it is leaking, now doesn't it. If it is leaking at the chainplates, it could not only cause the deck to delaminate, if the deck there is cored but not potted, but it could also cause the bulkhead that the chainplate is attached to to rot out... That's actually a fairly common problem on many older fiberglass boats.

This doesn't even get into the additional wear and tear on the boat's electrical system from the cycling bilge pump, the wear and tear on the bilge pump, and the possibility of nasty mold/mildew conditions.

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