The rain and chill and winds have arrived at Puget Sound. The days are short: sunrise ~745am and sunset just a bit after ~430pm. Temps hover in the 40s day and night.
I’ve settled into moorage at Poulsbo. The old center of town is right here at the marina and the Safeway is not that bad of a walk at about 2/3rd a mile. Being tied to a dock also means I have 120v, so an electric heater has SWALLOW’S cabin comfortable, and with few people at the marina the WiFi is FAST.
In all this comfort Mother Nature has found a way to get into the cabin by way of a leak.
There are many rules that define deck leaks on a boat:
- All decks eventually leak.
- All deck hardware will eventually leak.
- When there is a deck leak it will drip right above your berth.
- Where the water passes through the deck will be no where near the leak.
Yep, the leak is right above my berth and no where near any of SWALLOW’S through deck fittings!
If I can localize the source of the leak when it isn’t raining I can repair the hole/crack. First thing is to find the location!
My task today has been looking at all places water can be entering. The two best guesses are the cockpit bulkhead compass and a small location near the companionway that looks like a crack in the paint covering the house (cabin top).
I’ve done two things: tightened the screws holding the compass to the bulkhead in hopes this tightens the gasket behind the flange and applying duct tape over the crack in the paint. Now to see if the drip slows or stops.
I’ve not had this leak before and there is no evidence of it having occurred in the past. One reason it may be happening the current blow is bringing a Small Craft Advisory to the area. SWALLOW is tied to a dock with her stern facing south. The wind is blowing the rain under the cockpit tent on the aft portion of the house.
The good in this is the drip presented itself when I was on the boat (sleeping actually as the dripping water woke me up this morning). Finding this leak after being away for the day would have left me with soaked bedding and berth cushions.