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Old 17-02-2021, 16:15   #1
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Repairs to "new to me" Seaward 25

After way too long looking, I have purchased a Seaward 25. There are serious water marks and the beginning of rot on one of the bulkheads. I need help with a prosedure to find the source of the leak.

Also any Seaward owners tell me of other problems to look for.

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Old 17-02-2021, 20:31   #2
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Re: Repairs to "new to me" Seaward 25

Hi..

Trailersailor.com has a section for Seaward owners who will be more helpful than this site.

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Old 17-02-2021, 20:51   #3
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Re: Repairs to "new to me" Seaward 25

Hola,

Here is a cut and paste of one of my posts from many moons ago about a method of locating leaks. Perhaps it will be of some value to you.

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I can’t answer your question about a sealer for the entire cabin top but I can share with you a technique I used with much success many many times way back when I used to work on boats for a living. We would take a large in line blower, similar to the ones you see utility crews using for ventilating underground vaults and other confined spaces, and put the elephant trunk, that is what they call the 8”, 10”, 12” diameter flexible accordion style hose, in through the companion way or a hatch and then seal around it with heavy plastic and lots of tape. Obviously we would close all the other ports and hatches and energize the blower, unless the pressure was too great and wanted to tear our fancy plastic/tape job, in which case we would adjust the pressure by slightly opening a port or two. Once the interior is pressurized we would then spray a mixture of dish soap and water over the areas in question, glass cleaner will also work well, and when you see bubbles you have magically found at least one of your leak points. Takes a little set up, and maybe renting the blower, but it never failed to find the leaks for us

Probably something you already knew but my wife tells me I am not good for much but pointing out the obvious.

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Old 17-02-2021, 21:24   #4
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Re: Repairs to "new to me" Seaward 25

the above but we just used the exhaust side of the shop-vac. worked a treat every time. often youd find leaks you didnt know you had...
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Re: Repairs to "new to me" Seaward 25

Wow! I really learned something today. That's a really cool trick.
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Old 18-02-2021, 08:03   #6
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Re: Repairs to "new to me" Seaward 25

Hola,

I wish I could take credit for the idea and impress you with my vast wealth of knowledge. Unfortunately I have very little knowledge, and what little I do have I think I must keep for myself, rather than share it with others, in fear of leaving me void of any. I was taught this trick in an old shipyard many years ago by some truly knowledgeable old salty sailors/boat builders/fabricators. Most of what I know, heck I would surmise all I know, are simply concepts and ideas I have either learned or stolen from others. If sharing them here or elsewhere can spread the collective wealth of knowledge, and it proves useful to someone, then I am happy to pass it along.

As an aside, I also used the same process to find some roof leaks in my old camper with success.

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Old 18-02-2021, 08:16   #7
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Re: Repairs to "new to me" Seaward 25

At the risk of your wife’s disdain I will defend you in the area of sailboat repairs. Cool trick and not an obvious one.
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Old 18-02-2021, 10:48   #8
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Re: Repairs to "new to me" Seaward 25

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Hi..

Trailersailor.com has a section for Seaward owners who will be more helpful than this site.

Abe
There is also a great Facebook group, Seaward/Hake Yacht owners. There is a Seaward 25 specific Facebook group but not as active.

Common leak areas on the 25 are:
Where the chainplates terminate on the side of the hull.
The cabin top hardware.
The hatch slides.
Under the base of the steering pedestal.
The rudder arm transom gasket.
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Old 18-02-2021, 11:21   #9
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Re: Repairs to "new to me" Seaward 25

Older boats in need of repair are what we can afford.

We usually start our restorations with a complete deck hardware re-bed.
This will allow you to inspect your hardware and the deck core if there is any.

I would suggest a book. Don Casey - "Sailboat Hull & Deck Repair"

Many useful tricks and methods ( including pressure testing the cabin using a blower on page 29)

We've used the core removal method ( page 14) for re-bedding without fail on several boats.

Congratulations on your new boat and best of luck!

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Old 18-02-2021, 11:35   #10
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I feel I should add that we 've sometimes used a variation of the method referenced from page 14.

On boats with a plywood deck core we've used a dremmel with carbide burr bits to remove the core.
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Trailersailor.com has a section for Seaward owners who will be more helpful than this site.

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Thanks, I will look there.
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