I've had such good results from my last few posts I thought I'd try my luck again...
I am plagued by a pesky leak on my 1978 Pearson
26. After heavy rain or heavy seas, I tend to find water
in the stowage compartment below the bench by the sink on the port side. The area could stay dry for weeks then I could find about a gallon of salt water
in there after a day of heavy weather
saililng. There was about the same amount of fresh water
in there when I checked on it this week for the first time since the fall.
I have tried to isolate this leak but I can't quite be sure where it is coming from. I pulled and resealed the stanchions and I don't think they are leaking, but I plan on checking that again. There is a small crack in the nylon rub rail, the one over the hull deck
joint, in the general vicinity of the leaky compartment. It's possible that when I put the rail in the water while heeling over, the water is getting in. I'm going to pull off that rubrail and replace it this week, and obviously I will inspect it carefully when it is off.
Are there any other likely sources of this leak that I should be checking? I would hate to replace the rubrail and find that water is still getting in somehow. I'm planning on using a hose and a second set of eyes to see if I can spot the leak. If it does seem to be coming in through the hull deck
joint, is 5200 Marine Sealant
the key? Or should I be looking at a bigger fix?
Any advice is much appreciated.