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asailor 10-18-2002 10:22 AM

leaky cabin windows
 
I''ve pulled out the long windows in the main cabin on my pearson 34 twice now, sanded and cleaned both surfaces. Thickly recaulked the windows and screwd them back in. they leak the first time after i go offshore everytime. and they leak when it rains...very dissapointing. Do i just live with this? or is there anything else i can do?

SailorMitch 10-18-2002 11:18 AM

leaky cabin windows
 
There should be a gasket as well in that joint, or at least I think so. Also may be some gaps between the window frame and the cabintop you aren''t catching. Why not go to the Sailnet email list for Pearson and the P-34 (they have their own email list) and ask there? Lots of chat lately on the Pearson list about port leaks, gaskets, caulking, etc. Some folks had the same problem after removing the ports, and it turned out to be some small gaps they simply caulked to stop the leaks.

rjwright 10-21-2002 04:40 PM

leaky cabin windows
 
What sort of sealant are you using? I recently rebedded and resealed the fixed (frameless) portlights on my boat (Sabre 34) and the factory recommended I use GE Silpruf.
You can get it in white or black. My portlights are "held" in by some screws that don''t penetrate the lexan, but rather hold the edges and let the sealant do the work. It works fine, but if your portlights are under some sort of bending stress, your job is much tougher. My last boat was a C&C with frameless, long portlights that were bent to conform to the cabintop. Leaks a''plenty. My current reseal job is working well.

Keep after it:)

Randy


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