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Gunwhale leaks help.

I have 82 C&C 25 and I have water collecting on the ledges on both sides of the forward vberth also water collects in the storge underneath the vberth. I suspect it may be the gunwhale where it attached the hull to the deck? I havent seen the leak but it is pretty bad. A couple of bad rains had went by and went to check on the boat the the entire vberth cusions and linen were soaked and had molded. The gunwhale is fiberglass i think a dark color and is screwed down. Can I just epoxy along the seams? Do I have to take it apart? What should I do?
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Are you sure it is the gunwale? I'm not familiar with the C&C, but my boat has a drain from the anchor locker that is just above the v-berth. If I saw water, I would check that first. Also, I just bought Don Casey's Sailboat Repair book Don Casey's Complete Illustrated Sailboat Maintenance Manual: Including Inspecting the Aging Sailboat, Sailboat Hull and Deck Repair, Sailboat Refinishing, Sailbo (9780071462846): Don Casey: Books

It covers most everything.
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I assume that the C&C hull-deck joint is throughbolted with a mastic compound to keep the water out. Feel around where the hull and deck join and you should notice that it is slightly sticky. You might try tightening the bolts that go through the toe rail, deck and hull flange. Much easier with two people than one. Person outside holds the bolt in position with a scewdriver and the person inside tightens the nut. Don't overtighten - you don't want to squeeze out all of the bedding compound. You may find that some of the nuts are backed off just a bit over time and this is allowing the leak.
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