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Old 23-11-2013, 08:33   #1
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Genoa track bedding

Towards the end of a major refit and looks like the leak in the aft cabin is coming from the genoa track. Is there any advice on sealing it again without tearing out my entire interior? It looks almost inpossible to get to the underside of the bolts even with no interior there. Can it be sealed from the outside? Thanks
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Old 23-11-2013, 08:41   #2
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Re: Genoa track bedding

No, the only proper way is removal and refitting, using butyl tape as the sealant.
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Re: Genoa track bedding

There are some things you might try but in my experience the only way to fix issues like this is to remove and completely re-bed it. It is not abnormal to have to re-bed deck gear over the long haul, especially if the boat has been sailing offshore.
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Re: Genoa track bedding

No, the only proper way is removal and refitting, using 5200 as the sealant.
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Yea that's what I was afraid of. The track is on the cap rail and runs from cockpit to just forward of where the nav. station is. I would have to just about completely diamantle my interior to get to the bolts.... I know it has to be done right and how to bed it, just wondering if there was any product out there thay has been used as an band-aid untill I can get to doing it properly...
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Re: Genoa track bedding

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Yea that's what I was afraid of. The track is on the cap rail and runs from cockpit to just forward of where the nav. station is. I would have to just about completely diamantle my interior to get to the bolts.... I know it has to be done right and how to bed it, just wondering if there was any product out there thay has been used as an band-aid untill I can get to doing it properly...
This is one of those jobs where short cuts could do more harm then good. Chances are that the toerail is eroding away due to the SS bolts being in contact with aluminum. e.g. picture below. I actually had to cut the heads off the bolts and push them thru.

I ended up getting rid of my T-track toerail and sealing the hull to deck joint permanently. My genoa track is on deck just inside the toerail, which actually makes the boat point higher. A track on the outside would be better for a spinnaker.
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