Cruisers Forum

Join CruisersForum Today

Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 24-10-2014, 07:15   #1
Registered User

Join Date: Sep 2014
Posts: 10
Nauticat windshield leaks

I have a 2000 Nauticat 35, Pilot house. It has three front windshield panels, that appear to be well designed and well built. However, all three are leaking on the bottom. I am wondering if the gasket/seal needs to be replace? If so, where would I find such a thing? Or could they just be caulked, and if so, what is the most durable caulk to use.

Jimholden is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2014, 12:58   #2
Registered User

Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Reading, UK
Boat: Nauticat
Posts: 1
Re: Nauticat windshield leaks

Hi Jim,

We have a Nauticat 39 (UK based) of 96 vintage and had similar problems with window corrosion and then leakage.

The leaking which we had was not caused by the window seals but was caused by corrosion between the alloy frame and the stainless screws. We replaced all of the pilot house windows as we had corrosion and bubbling of the alloy (which was starting to crumble to dust) between the alloy frame and the rubber seals. The new window manufacturer, Ertec, described to me how these old windows corrode from the inside to outside though I can't rememeber all of the details now. Here is a picture of the centre window showing the corrosion and leakage:

The picture is looking up at the bottom of the window (from the galley steps) and you can clearly see that the corrosion has come from the screw holes.

We had new windows made in Denmark (the original maker no longer exists) but the new firm have the patterns for Nauticat boat windows and can make from their plans though it mis necessary to confirm dimensions and, importanly, wall thickness.

It was significant project although not difficult, I have a whole suite of photos that I could share with you if that was useful as well as the experience of doing the job and all of the contacts with Ertec in Sweden. Respond here if you want more, I will check back in a few days.

We had grey tint glass in the new windows which is a big improvement for glare reduction and it does modernise the look of the boat, see before and after:


robih is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2014, 14:29   #3
Registered User

Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Sussex UK
Boat: Unique 1400 14M
Posts: 85
Send a message via Skype™ to brightontrader
Re: Nauticat windshield leaks

As they are leaking you will have to take them out anyway then you will see the issue. I had a Nauticat (42 copy in steel) which was 16 yrs old when I sold her which leaked on one side panel glass. There was corrosion from condensation under all the pilot house windows, staining teak faced ply, similar to Rob's posted pics, I used Sikaflex sealants if that's any help.

It was very hard putting back the side glass as it was curved ever so slightly, those look totally flat on Nauticats so maybe not such a hard job to fix.
brightontrader is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2014, 18:03   #4
Senior Cruiser
Ann T. Cate's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: aboard
Boat: Sayer 46' Solent rig sloop
Posts: 7,095
Re: Nauticat windshield leaks


If you haven't seen it already, you might like to have a look at a thread started by "minaret" about his " Nauticat 52 Refit". I don't remember offhand if he removed the pilot house windows or not, but there's a whole lot of fascinating [to me, anyhow] information in the thread.

Ann & Jim, U.S. s/v Insatiable II, SE Qld, for a while
Ann T. Cate is offline   Reply With Quote

leaks, wind

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Windshield Wipers ? Beth G Multihull Sailboats 2 20-02-2012 23:46
For Experience on Siltaltala Nauticat 33 siltala.boat Monohull Sailboats 0 27-05-2010 15:11
Nauticat 33 adrift for 6 Months SkiprJohn Cruising News & Events 53 16-01-2009 21:53
Wandering Nauticat markpj23 General Sailing Forum 0 15-06-2006 05:58

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 22:30.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.