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Lawrence and Mayumi Wheeler

Dear Bud:

I have been having a problem with water shipping down below after a day's sail. Last Saturday, we went out in fresh trades of 20 knots, gusting to 30 knots or more. Driving the boat hard to windward, we had the rail buried with a swift stream of seawater running down the sidedeck. After a mere two hours or so, there was a quart of seawater on the cabin sole under the galley. Lockers under the starboard berth also took on a bit of seawater. This has happened often before.

I have taken pains to caulk both outboard and inboard caprail seams with 3M 5200, but Evangeline still takes on water when heeled. My question to you is this: Did the first Westsail 32s have a peculiar hull-to-deck joint that has developed into an Achilles' heel on these vessels? Something about a wooden sandwich in the bulwarks?

Chip Wheeler
Evangeline
Westsail 32, Hull #32

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