|A common cause of water leaks in the forward area of RL28s is the front hatch. A very slight drip in heavy rain can accumulate a surprising amount of water. |
The original hatch is made by Houdini in the UK and replacements are very expensive. Other makes are now cheaper and more leakproof. Leaks can be fixed but require perseverance. Contact Sikaflex for their recommendation on the best sealant for that application. Dig out all the old sealant until the glass is loose then apply the new and clamp lightly. I had to have two attempts to completely stop all leaks. The sealant I used had the amazing property of one small drop being able to cover the entire boat and all occupants in black gunk, so ultra-careful application is required.
The other potential place for a leak is from the bolt retaining the centreboard. This should be entirely smothered in silicon sealant. Most manufacturers only guarantee the sealant for 12 months in "underwater applications", but carefully applied to a clean surface, it can last more than 15 years.