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Looking for the best temporary leak fix ...

First off, I'm going to brag a bit ... my 40 year old Tartan 37 has only 1 leak. I've worked very hard to fix every other leak I've found _correctly_ so it will stay fixed for a long time.

However, I just discovered a new leak this week, and it's the toe rail that's leaking. Since I've got a lot of other projects to finish, and since the toe rail is a big job to remove to fix the leak properly, and since it is something that can be worked on at anchor ... I want to fix it temporarily (for 3 to 6 months) so I can get moving. I can fix it correctly later.

I'm theorizing that if I clean out the corner between the wooden toe rail and the fiberglass deck, and then fill it with something, I should be able to stop the leak for a time without going through all the disassembly/reassembly.

Does that seem like the most practical short-term fix until I can do the job right? Also, what would be the best product to fill that gap? I obviously don't want to use something like 5200 ...
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Re: Looking for the best temporary leak fix ...

I've used the same butyl tape for temporary leak stop that I use to bed hardware. For example, I put it around a leaking window on my Beneteau 23 until I could replace and reseal the window.

Because it's sticky,it will retain dirt and crud, so the aesthetics are yucky. However, I feel it's less messy that the usual "smear some silicone" solution. Also, you can kind of press it in place to help get a good seal. It is much easier to remove when time allows doing the job right. I used Colorimetrics Putty Tape / Butyl Tape (available through Amazon) on my boat.

Hope this helps.
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Re: Looking for the best temporary leak fix ...

There is a product called Captain Tolly crack cure or something like that. It seems to be a latex or polyurethane that is water thin and can find its way into tight spaces. There are also penetrating epoxies that are very thin.

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1st thought...
Push butyl in there...them warm it up...heat gun etc...then push that again with other butyl over it.
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Re: Looking for the best temporary leak fix ...

Captain Tolly's is a good product for minute leaks, it isn't designed to block anything more than a tiny hairline fissure.

'has only one leak'...care to take a bet on that?
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I used a super glue to fill a crack in a hatch glass...and i 'think' that has worked.

Youre both filling and blocking when dealing with water intrusion like you have

You can get cheap vet syringes if needed to get into small places.

Dunno what yours looks like....
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Re: Looking for the best temporary leak fix ...

+1 on butyl. can you loosen the attaching screw just enough to get the butyl under the rail?
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Re: Looking for the best temporary leak fix ...

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'has only one leak'...care to take a bet on that?
You're welcome to stop by and locate any leaks that I'm not aware of ...
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+1 on butyl. can you loosen the attaching screw just enough to get the butyl under the rail?
Not really ... anything like that is involved. First there's a track mounted on top the toerail that needs to be removed. Then all the screws have bungs in them that would need to be drilled out, then I'd probably have to loosen 3 - 5 screws to get anything loose. Then, of course, put all that back.

I could be wrong, but it seems that if I'm going to that much work I might as well just keep going and remove the entire section of toe rail and re-bed it. And that's the 1 or 2 days worth of work that I'm trying to find a temporary shortcut for ...
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