I have always had leaks
which drip off the 18-8 through bolts. Rain and seawater both. They're slowly driving me mad, ruining electronics
, and rotting wood
in inaccessible areas that Pacific Seacraft
failed to add drainage to.
The hull-deck joint is at the 4″ tall bulwark. The 3/8″ deck flange overlays the inward oriented 5/16″ hull flange and the two are bedded in 3M 5200 and secured with 1/4″ stainless steel bolts and backing plates located on 4″ centers. Additional structural support is provided by a 13/16″ teak caprail bedded in polyurethane and fastened with #10 stainless steel screws on 8″ centers. We doubt this joint will leak or deteriorate except in the event of a heavy collision.
1) Is this normal/inevitable for a 30 year old boat
? It's hard for me to imagine that much surface area of adhesive
developing a leak, but maybe this happens to all fiberglass
boats with age?
2) Odds of fixing the leak by digging out as best possible and re-caulking the toe rail to deck
joint? I did the outboard
side already, no difference, could also re-do the inner one as a last ditch band-aid.
3) If the toe rails are coming off, can they ever be re-used?
4) Suggestions for toe rail alternatives? I am fed up with leaks
and while I prefer the look of a teak
toe rail, I don't see myself spending $10K+ or whatever it would cost to make or buy new ones. It's too much work
and not the enjoyable kind for me.
5) Is there any reason to remove all the 18-8 bolts, or is ok/better to just glass over them? Glassing is certainly less work
. Why isn't this done in the first place?