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02-08-2014 03:51 PM
Ericson 34 chain locker leak
I was getting water into the forward end of my V-berth and after removing the boards that separate the berth from the the back end of the chain locker and the bow, I located what, I THINK, is the source of the leak.
The chain locker is actually a fiberglass box dropped into a hole in the deck and sealed up. The water is coming in through either the bedding between the two or the holes for the screws that hold the box in place, probably mostly the latter.
As usual, someone tried to fix the problem by slathering the topside end of it with silicone. (Silicone, I realize now, is the genesis of that old pirate expression, "AAaaargh!")
So, my questions:
1. It seems like the way to fix this is to remove the box and re-bed it. Any thoughts on this? For example, would it be better to glass it back into place? What sealant should I use? Should I just leave it in place and put another layer of sealant on top of it?
2. How do I remove that silicone slathered on it? Scraping ain't workin' very well. Are there any chemicals I could use?
3. How do I detach the box from the bedding compound which holds it in place? Cut it out? Use some sort of solvent?