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Hello, this is my first post to sailnet, so bear with me :-)

I have a starwind 13''8" sailboat (basically a Laser) that developed a leak between the deck and the rest of the hull a number of years ago. We could sail for a day, but it would slowly fill up and at the end of the day there would be a lot of water in there. My father had the boat filled with foam-tech (basically expanding foam) which did the trick on stopping the leaks since there is noplace for the water to go now. The only problem with this is that the boat is VERY heavy now. I would like to have the foam removed and some type of sealant put in instead. Does anyone know of a liquid sealant that can be put into the boat, then just spin the boat around to cover all parts of the hull and effectivly seal the boat?

If such a product exists, please email me liam@sover.net or reply here. Summer is coming and I would love to sail at a fast speed again! Thank you!
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Sounds like it might be time for a new boat. My father''s powerboat - a center-console, open something-or-other - was built with foam filling the space under the main deck, essentially filling the bilge and making the thing "unsinkable". They used open-cell foam, however, so it has slowly absorbed the rain and bilgewater that inevitably leaks in, adding hundreds of pounds to the displacement. Your foam may be similar. You''re not just working with the weight of the foam. To really get the foam out will require removing the deck on my dad''s boat as well as yours. This is probably not too cost-effective, though re-attaching the deck more solidly may slow some of the leaks. (There are likely others as well. I know a neighbor''s Laser had a leak in the maststep. That took them a while to figure out.) If you really enjoy working with fiberglass shards, goop, sticking to everything you touch, and have a lot of time, have fun!
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interesting.... My hope is actually that the company that filled the boat has a chemical that eats away at the foam, basically dissolving any foam that is in the boat. Then it would be a matter of putting a 5 gallon bucket of sealant in the boat and spreading it around (turning the boat?). I am just in the thought process of this plan, so the chemical may not even exist... just looking for ideas.

Thanks again!

BTW, a new boat isn''t really in the budget, I''m still in college :-(
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