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02-12-2015 06:56 AM
Re: Leak near main cabin port lights on E32

I used 3m 4000 as 5200 is a bear to get off if you need to re do it. Caulking the toe rail solved my issue, leak stopped at least for now. make sure you clean it out well - took me over a day for the whole boat and then I wiped down what I could with IPA to help with the adhesion.
07-07-2014 06:20 PM
Re: Leak near main cabin port lights on E32

glad to hear it-

we still have a couple of leaks we're trying to track down but nothing major. i do some surgical strikes with butyl tape every so often- planning on doing every screw in the toe-rail eventually...
07-04-2014 02:04 PM
Re: Leak near main cabin port lights on E32

Well after a couple of months it looks like recaulking the toe rail did the trip. no dampness coming in from what I can see & feel.
05-14-2014 08:46 AM
Re: Leak near main cabin port lights on E32

awahl - thanks for the sketch, that gives me a better idea of how to attack. After recaulking with 3m4000 the leaky area seems dryer but I need to really dry it our with a fan for a day to be sure. I like the dry erase marker idea from Sammyo, I'll try that next time I'm at the boat.
05-06-2014 07:53 PM
Re: Leak near main cabin port lights on E32

Originally Posted by ctalmage View Post
Thanks for the reply. I am going to try replacing the starboard side seals and see if that helps.
I also noticed a slight gap between the toe rail and deck which looks like it as caulked some time ago. Do you think this could be a source of the leak? I was planning on caulking that also once the weather warms up.
I am not familiar with the construction methods on how the hull and deck are joined - do you have any info you could share on this?
Thanks again - Cal
Hi There- sorry if this is a few month's late...but here's the hull-to-deck joint from the E32 manual -
04-21-2014 09:36 AM
Re: Leak near main cabin port lights on E32

I agree with Andy. I used RV-store (actually, eBay) butyl because it's what I found when I first searched for it. I rebedded 2 chainplates with it. It looks like I may have a leak in one of the chainplates again (only about a year later), and when I inspected the butyl, I could see that it was dry and cracked in places. The stuff from Compass Marine doesn't seem as likely to shrink and dry out.
04-21-2014 05:47 AM
Re: Leak near main cabin port lights on E32

Robbyn - here's a link to e Compass Marine site for butyl can find stuff called butyl tape at building supply places and RV supply stores, but the stuff you find there doesn't have the same stretchy-ness that the tape from Compass has. It's well worth the few extra bucks in my opinion.

***Buy Bed-It Butyl Tape*** Photo Gallery by Compass Marine at
04-20-2014 11:28 PM
Re: Leak near main cabin port lights on E32

Thank you great idea with the dry eraser marker
I will do that tomorrow.

The tape where do purchase this
I went to west Marine and they said they
didnt carry it

04-20-2014 10:57 PM
Re: Leak near main cabin port lights on E32

The butyl tape seems weird at first but it's really effective, sticky, stretchable. I used it for one port so far and it's been dry where it was a stream previously.

As for leaks, so many possibilities. Water travels.

One thing I've had suggested but gotten to yet is to put a hose over a target area for a long time. Another is to draw lines with a dry erase marker on the interior surfaces. Then re-inspect after rains and the streams of water will show where the ink washes away.
04-16-2014 06:22 PM
Re: Leak near main cabin port lights on E32

Robbyn - the butyl tape is the easiest thing in the world to learn......and to me it is the best thing since bottled beer.

Here's a link to an old Sailnet chain that has all the info:
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