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Hi All,
After 15 years or so of shopping, I finally purchased a boat last month.
I had use of it for about 1 week prior to hauling and covering for the winter.

I have a long list of repairs to take care of. The one I'm currently most concerned is the leak in the sea hood.

I'm not certain exactly where the leak is yet. My evidence was the nav desk and or galley counter would be very wet after a rain. I think I might have also got some water through it while heading upwind into some choppy water.

I removed two sections of head liner and found a damp, dark area of plywood under very close to the forward edge of the sliding companionway hatch. The boat has a sea hood and the traveler runs over it.

I was just wondering if anyone has any tips for me before I get to work taking the thing apart and finding the leak.

info about the boat is at hankhinckley dot com
(I'm too new to post links and pictures)
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Re: Leaky Sea Hood

I think you can always use tinypic or photobucket to do pictures (I always do it that way) - look for a message board "image code" to paste into your post.
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Re: Leaky Sea Hood

If its a small leak try Captain Tollys creakey crack leak stoper.Its a liquid type glue that flows into the crack and hardens with a few applactions. It stopped a lot of leaks on my Cheoy lee.

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Re: Leaky Sea Hood

I took a look at the pics (nice daysailer btw!) and the sea hood arrangement is quite a lot like the one on my Bristol.

My sea hood has drains at the forward corners to stop it filling up with water (and then overflowing into the cabin)

First rule from my experience with car sunroofs leaking - it's nearly always the drains blocked. Worth checking your drains are OK?

Otherwise, it's quite remarkable how much water can come in through one leaky screw into the deck. Might be worth backing them all out and re-sealing with butyl tape. Leaks that might be getting into the core require stamping on quick before the core suffers damage.
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Re: Leaky Sea Hood

Looked closely at the pics of the Hinckley's sea hood, and I can't see any drain holes. Could it be that this is a design flaw? My Bristol's sea hood has 4 drains, one at each corner, about 1/2" in dia.
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Re: Leaky Sea Hood

Your comment about the plywood tells me you have a leaking fastener somewhere nearby.
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