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Compression Post and Bulkhead Woes
My Oday 23 has had one deck leak or another for many years. I've rebed some of the deck hardware, and done some dirty and sloppy caulking over the years, and have been able to stop some or all of the leaks at one time or another. But it seems that there's always something adding water to the bilge from above.
Some of the current leaks find their way to the port side of the boat, where they run along the forward bottom edge of the port bulkhead, then around the compression post, into the main cabin, draining into the hatch on the sole that covers the bilge. The bulkhead is ply, and the compression post looks suspiciously like a 2x4.
A couple of weeks ago, I noticed that the outer edge of the bottom of the bulkhead was starting to curl a bit. Uh-oh. I wiped up the moisture on the bottom of the bulkhead and noticed it was getting punky.
And after a glorious after-work sail last evening, I was putting stuff away below when I noticed deformation on the outer lower corner of the bulkhead were it meets the compression post. I went to feel how bad the problem was getting, and it seems that there is about a 1 inch by 1 inch corner of the bulkhead has rotted away. Worse, the rot is starting to attack the bottom of the compression post.
My plan now: remove the rotten parts of the bulkhead and compression post. Unless I am badly mistaken, they are still sound, but I need to catch this early. I will then coat the new edges of the bulkhead and compression post with epoxy to hopefully stop more water infiltration.
I know the "right" course is to find and stop the leaks. I'm just not sure that is feasible. I've tried over the years, and I even had the yard come a couple of months ago and look at it to see if they could get the job done. The yard manager was honest and said that it would be cost prohibitive to have them do it; and together we looked at how difficult it would be for me to get at some of the fittings to rebed them(O'day clearly did not have ease of maintenance in mind when designing this boat).
So the plan (for now) is to at least stop things from getting worse.
Any thoughts or opinions on other options are welcome.