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finding a leak
I discovered some water which should not be where I found it. This of course means there is a leak. It not the plumbing system... as water was found above the water line. So I assume something in the deck is the cause of the leak... and as the deck slopes aft and also outboard I am thinking the water is also a run off which has found a place to penetrate the deck. Because of the location I am thinking one of two locations... the screws where the dodger bow fitting is screwed to the deck/cockpit coaming... or the aft end of the genoa track. I reset and bedded the less likely dodger fitting. We had a lot of rain and so if the evidence is there I will not look at the track.
Once the water penetrates the deck... it would likely then travel on the top of the GRP head liner to the lowest point.
I DID discover the top of an upper cabinet which joins to the head liner wet a few months ago... thought it odd but now I think this is where the water is coming down and ends up inside a formica lined bin below this cab bulkhead... which catches and holds the water. Water leaves no evidence on vertical surfaces as they dry quickly. A test may can the stream in progress.
Should I test the track by opening the hose and let a good stream of water flow down and aft along the high side of the track?
Should I remove the entire track and re seal each bolt and bed the track?
I can't access the nuts under the deck because of the GRP head liner. I suspect they are glassed in. If not removing the bolt will cause the bolt to drop and that is a disaster. I am assuming the track is bolted and not screwed. Screwed down I could remove it fill holes with epoxy, bed track and re screw the track
Or should I loosen the bolts enough to inject sealant (silicone).. but not enough for the bolt to potentially drop down and tighten the the bolt?
Or should I remove the aft screws (location of the suspected leak).... inject something like silicone and screw them back down?
Of course leak could be higher... like a deck hatch...
When I was younger so much younger than today
I never needed anybody's help in any way
But now these days are gone, I'm not so self assured
Now I find I've changed my mind and opened up the doors
pay attention... someone's life depends on it
Last edited by SanderO; 04-21-2019 at 08:38 PM.