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Old 02-19-2008
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You might well find that the leak is from the toerail - it was on my boat.

Whilst removing it, resealing it and bolting it all back on is not a trivial task it's not as daunting as trying to glass things up on the inside and if there is any rot/spiders/creepy-crawlies and other nasties hiding under there you can fix that at the same time.

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A friend and I were discussing leaks yesterday and he mentioned using smoke. Close up cabin and reverse shopvac to push air/smoke into cabin and have lookouts around boat to look for smoke coming out. I'm not sure how you'd pick a flavor of the lingering smell of smoke afterward. Was an interesting idea.
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As you are viewing all of the nice little bolts/nuts/screws from inside, and outside of your boat, that will need removing. Think of how the factory must have put it together, and the tools and equipment and labour they had at their disposal to accomplish this kind of job. Now imagine you and all your friends trying to accomplish the same feat, with BETTER RESULTS! I'm not saying don't do it, more like, Are you sure you want to try? I of course don't know your ability, or resources, so take it for what it's worth. Personally I would try to come up with the best solution without popping the deck off. Instead of pressurizing your boat and filling it full of SMOKE, perhaps do the opposite, and establish a vacuum in your boat, and try the soapy water method first. With a vacuum pressure inside, spray soapy water and look for the bubbles. Mark and dry the area. Then pressurize the interior and do the same soap test on the exterior. I think you will have better success than trying to see smoke creeping out a pinhole. Hope this helps somehow.
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Soapy water on the outside and compressed air on the inside is a pretty un-messy way to find leaks. Bubbles form at the leaks outside and most boats could probably use a bit of soapy water anyway.
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