|We are no strangers to getting rain-soaked aboard our boat.|
This is me on our first sailboat in 2012, in route to Port Townsend, Washington.
It's pouring out today—again. Summer in the Pacific Northwest. We're no longer under covered moorage, our big boat umbrella.
|A few days ago. It's raining more today, but this pot is dry.|
|We're at the dock plugged into power. We could use an electric heater to dry our bed.|
|Wayne plays water leak source detective inside our boat.|
|While there's a longer-term solution planned, this plastic window covering is keeping our bed dry. |
Or maybe the caulking is. WHatever. It's relatively subtle, but effective.
|This is a leak source. Fixing it will require a portion of decking to be removed, the fiberglass underneath it leveled, then the decking put back into place, resealing between each plank and refinishing.|
It's on our to-do list.
|New mattress! This gets a head start on minimized condensation with an aeration layer that separates|
the vinyl mattress case bottom from its wooden base.
|Our mattress frame, all cleaned and ready for its new mattress.|
|Clove oil and water mixed work well on mildew. |
I love the scent of clove oil. Wayne doesn't.
|Alas, poor mattress. It served us well. We're sorry the smell made us bid it farewell.|
Update from Our Friend Chris of S/V Scintilla (& Us)
Dana and Wayne,
Congratulations on slowing the leaks! It is a boat so it is only temporary.
Yes, Chris is indeed correct. We have slowed our leaks but also determined after some heavy rain we needed some additional "band-aid" (short-term work-arounds) and some longer-term things to try. They all deal with how the boat pools and drains water from the other decks and what to do about it.
I have 40 years of experience in the PNW with this problem and just in case you did not know I wanted to share some tips.
- You can buy tributyltin in the liquid form (used to be able to get it from Rodda). Add it to paint it is an anti-mildew agent and paint the bottom of your berth before you put down the mattress.
- Put tea tree oil in a spray bottle if you don’t like the smell of cloves. It is also an anti-fungus agent.
I'm pretty sure Wayne won't like the scent of this any better than clove oil, but you never know!
- If you ever go to replace your windows use acrylic. You can take your old windows to TAP Plastics and they will cut you a new piece to exact size. Very reasonably priced too.
We will likely do this in the next year, along with changing the angle of our window frames so they don't pool water "in."
- Bed your new ports in either Dow Corning 795 or Stikaflex 295 UV WITH the primer. The Dow is cheaper and may last longer but must be super cleaned off if you ever have to re-bed. The issue is what will stick to acrylic long term. Also, you can use butyl or old-style windshield mastic (they use urethane now). Butyl does have a tendency to come off on your shorts if you rub against it. I have also used synthetic butyl, but I would go Dow first.
|Long, hot marina showers and Toni Doggett's wry artwork are some of the marina pleasures.|
For the remainder of the month, we're in St. Helens Marina, unless the sunshine tempts us to anchor off our favorite river beach.
Yesterday and today were warm and sunny. Tomorrow is supposed to be as well. Until the rains return on Saturday, we are "on the hook."