Leaking Rainwater

Leaking Rainwater

Beitragvon BalladExchangeDB » Freitag 8. Juli 2011, 12:12

Dear Ballad-exchange members

For about a year now, my Ballad #173 has a leakage through the wire hole in the port cupboard above the navigation unit. Obviously the first thing to check and change was the genua rail, which is in this area. This was dry and was fitted back properly. After that I checked and filled all holes of the rain cover as well as the top fitting above the sliding door. I also checked the windows with a bucket, but these seem fine.

The problem with these kind of leaks that it can leak in the front, but due to the sandwich system it comes out a complete different spot. Does anyone have similar experiences and can advise me where I should look next?

Your help will be appreciated.

Bram

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Re: Leaking Rainwater

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cdfj wrote on Nov 28, '09
Any chance of a picture? I'm not certain what you mean by "navigation unit", but I guess this is around the chart table - could this be water seaping through from weakened sealing under the handrail above deck, and from there running down the inner lining until it finds the first hole?


jespermilling wrote on Nov 30, '09
Another possibility is a leak at the bolts on the side of the of the cabin, hlding the main bulkhead. These boltsholes are not watertight and have just a piece of white wood (as opposed to hard wood) as reinforcement between the inner and outer GRP-shells. This is where I used to have problems, I think.


caradog666 wrote on Feb 12, '10
I tend to get a leak in the port side of the cabin and it appears to come from one of the window seals - its only an issue in relly heavy rain but is annoying as it stains the woodwork - I have no idea where the leak is occuring. Other than repalcing the window I have no idea how to fix it! I guess aleaking boats is not unexpected in boats of this sort of age (Embla (1052) was built in 1976)!


longjohn3 wrote on Mar 30, '10
Windows are a source of leaks i am looking for a forad port side seal can anyone help??.i have fitted a new laminated glass as the old one was perspex.

\Stewart


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b173 wrote on Mar 31, '10
I found the leak: it is a small crack in the foredeck, which needs proper repair still, but some kit solved the immediate problem.
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Re: Leaking Rainwater

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pleiades2 wrote on Dec 29, '09
Bram,
I had a similar problem on the other side in my galley cabinet. It turned out to be leaking through the pipe in the foredeck where the anchor line goes. I re-sealed this place with goop and the galley has been dry since.

Tony Allport
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basinet wrote on Dec 29, '09
Bram,

Had something similar, turned out to be the genoa track. Built up a dam with duct tape to hold enough water to seep. water from a hose did not work. Also what has worked well for me is using vegetable dye in the water, again with a dam, applied at possible sources. With the dye you don't have watch it for hours. Even a day later the dye is evident.
Am in the process of tracking one in the front O/H forward light.

Regards,
Dan


patentnick wrote on Jan 5, '10
Hi Bram:

Water usually finds its way through deck fittings that have not been bedded properly. (This had caused delamination in my boat which I fixed several years back by drilling the top layer of the deck and injecting epoxy resin.) Removing and re-bedding the hardware--preferably with epoxy plugs--is probably the best way to solve your problem because what may not be leaking now will leak at some point in the future. Bedding compound doesn't last forever. Since your problem manifests itself close to the wiring, it'd be wise to replace the chocolate blocks with proper buss bars that accept ring terminals. Unfortunately, most factory wiring was substandard in the 70s. Fortunately, it's not too difficult to upgrade it.

Regards,
Nicholas
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