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Old 23-12-2013, 07:15   #1
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Gulfster 37 shrouds

Any experience with shrouds on a GS37. Original design has the chain plate tab splitting the toe rail. With the toe rail in place, no way to keep the chain plate sealed from water entry. I am in the process of removing the toe rail around the shrouded/chain plate. This way I will have access to keeping the chain plates sealed. Any comments or ideas?
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Old 23-12-2013, 07:20   #2
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Re: Gulfster 37 shrouds

We use butyl tape to seal where the chain plates go through the toe rail.
No leaks after 10+ years cruising.
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Old 23-12-2013, 07:41   #3
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nice boats inside and out by the way. i sailed one last year and was impressed with the stability and tracking. cheers.
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Old 23-12-2013, 07:53   #4
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Re: Gulfster 37 shrouds

I've had that leak at one of the shrouds. I did a stop-gap fix filling the area with Git-Rot and then gobs of 4200. That lasted 9-12 months, but now the leak has returned. Once I get some decent weather for outside projects I think butyl tape will be the way I go; the folks who use it all seem to rave about it. I definitely can't afford to replace the entire toe rail but hoping it'll be OK if I gradually work my way around re-bedding with butyl. NCSailor--If you are a Facebooker and you haven't done so already, you may also want to post your question in the Gulfstar Owners group there. https://www.facebook.com/groups/gulfstarboats/ There are a bunch of helpful 37 owners there.
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Re: Gulfster 37 shrouds

I see this problem in few boats , mine included, you need to be sure that the top bolt in the chainplate is in good condition and tight, i mean if is corroded or loose the chainplate work a bit loose breaking the caulking at the slot, the best way to know is to slack the shroud and with a plier or something to grab the top of the chainplate , push sideways to see if you feel any excesive shifting or movement, if you dont want to cut the toerail piece , just try this , clean very well inside of the slot , rest of caulk etc.. put some tape around the perimeter of the chainplate inside of the boat, mix a small batch of epoxy with a small amount of silica, pour the epoxy inside of the slot, in any case the epoxy is not going to stick to the chainplate , just enough to fill a bit the gap, leave at the top enough espace for butyl tape, if the top bolt is tight and with the epoxy dry you made the top end of the chainplate a bit stiff, the butyl tape take care of the rest... Cheers.
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All completed and extremely happy.
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Re: Gulfster 37 shrouds

Thanks for the update! Pix and details please! I'm taking an extended vacation from Facebook so I haven't seen whatever you posted in the group there.

This winter the snow melt and rain were a terror but the water doesn't seem to be coming in now that the wood has expanded in the warm weather. But I'm terrified of the cost and challenge of the project that I know lies ahead so I am eager to see the rest of your solution. From seeing your earlier photos and having the same problem, I am definitely going to cut away the toerail at the shrouds and already confirmed it isn't structural.

Did you redesign your saloon layout during the project?


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I hope this works.
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