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Replying to:Leaks & Dampness

My RL 24 Mk 2 has a leak which results in saltwater in the stowage area underneath the cockpit floor. It seems worst after fast motoring or when running before moderate seas when a fair amount of water comes up the engine well into the two side stern engine well compartments. The well has been modified, ie cut down, so the side walls range from 10 - 18 cm high. This may have been done to accommodate the 8HP Honda 4 stroke motor.

It seems that there is water in the buoyancy area under the cockpit floor between the transom and the rib at the front of the port and starboard cockpit lockers. Crawling up a quarter berth to that aft rib Iíve found that the low point of the rib / hull is damp and that the flow coat easily peels off the rib. I suspect that this flow coat was applied to prevent leakage as it has been applied externally to the motor well and internally at the furthermost part of the quarter berths, that is where the aft rib joins the hull. Iím getting about half a cup of water per day and Iím concerned about osmosis. Iíve had a blow heater running on the area for a few days but the dampness returns.

I think that, over time, the water came through small wiring access holes from the starboard side engine well compartment into the starboard cockpit locker then seeped into the cockpit buoyancy area.

Before I seal all possible water entry points I wish to eradicate the dampness and ensure that the buoyancy area is dry. To do this I need access to the cockpit buoyancy area. Iím thinking about putting an inspection port in the cockpit floor to gain access although Iím not keen on the idea. Has anyone had a similar problem? Is the buoyancy area filled with foam or is it a void and/or can anyone give me some advice?

My recently purchased moisture meter has identified other areas of significant dampness. These include the rib below the companionway, the keel housing particularly the top (cover removed) and the base of the mast compression post on the cabin sole. Iím also getting readings on other places of the cabin sole which makes me wonder whether there is water between the sole and hull. There does not seem to be any access to this area and I donít know where the gap starts and finishes. (Iíd hate to cut a hole in the cabin floor to find that Iíd cut through the hull).

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Terry Stannus AWOL