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January 23, 2013 at 8:19 pm #299
If you have a D37 then you should have four fiberglass scupper tubes passing between the hull and the deck. Last year I discovered at least one of them was leaking. I observed hair line cracks around the tubes where they exit the deck and hull. As usual you can’t get at them from the inside. Fortunately Dottie & Rick aboard “Bell” introduced me to Captian Tolley’s Creeping Crack Cure. It’s a penetrating liquid sealant for leaks from hairline cracks. I was able to wick the sealant into the cracks from the outside and eliminate the leak with a minimum of effort. The prodect is made in the UK and is available in the US.
Al SampsonJanuary 24, 2013 at 1:34 pm #1046
Thanks to you and Dottie & Rick for the hints. Did not know about this product, but looks to have many potential applications (including seals around hatch acrylic). As to your scupper drain tubes, can we get access to all 4 of them through lockers and seat backs? I do get a little fresh water in the bilge after a good rain–the scupper tubes might be the issue. (Little leaks are a bear to locate.)January 24, 2013 at 9:34 pm #1047
No, they were not accessable from inside the boat. That’s why this product was the right choice.
AlJanuary 24, 2013 at 10:58 pm #1048
Hmmm. Interesting. I’ll have to have a look when we see each other at the Rendezvous—-hint—hint.
Thanks again.January 29, 2013 at 1:22 am #1049
A couple of observations to report after a cold and rainy day aboard “Crew Rest”:
1. I CAN get to the drain lines from inside. There are two scupper drains per side that drain into a common “gutter”. This gutter then empties into a single hose to a though-hull. The starboard gutter/hose fitting is behind the head cupboard. The port gutter/hose connection is accessible through the cutlery drawer over the ice box (tri-cabin arrangement.) You need tiny arms–but you can get to it.
2. I am trying “Creeping Crack Cure” around my topside hatches. If it works–we will light fireworks and declare victory!
Thanks again for the tip.January 29, 2013 at 4:46 pm #1050
Interesting…..mine is not built like that at all!
AlFebruary 10, 2013 at 2:11 am #1051
Hope all you New Englander’s are bearing up against the snow. You are a stout lot. So we got rain in the Commonwealth–a lot of rain. And I give “Captain Tolley” an “OK” rating. Still had some leakage–but probably not as bad as it would have been. Did two applications–will go back and try a few more.March 27, 2013 at 1:44 am #1052
“I’m a believer” I change my rating of Captain Tolley to a full “thumbs up”. In my case, it took SEVERAL applications (maybe a dozen), but it worked. My faithful Florida crew will enjoy a dripless berth this year—thanks to the “Creeping Crack Cure”.
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