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Bud Taplin


The following is info from Page J-2 of my Westsail Service Manual.


If your boat is one of the early ones, it was made with a wooden sheer clamp bonded to the inside top edge of the hull, and used as a flange to fasten down the deck. After the deck was set on the wooden edge with caulking, it was fastened down with screws, then the exterior edge between the hull and deck was filled with a polyester putty to seal the edge. On some of these installations, the putty has cracked out, and let water in through the joint.

I would recommend checking and testing this area on the exterior side of the hull just under the caprail for leaks. If found, clean out the brittle putty and caulk with a good grade of polyurethane caulking. Use masking tape on either side of the seam, squeeze in the caulking well with a putty knife, then pull the tape for a clean, well caulked seam.

Another possible source of leaks is your stanchions. I believe that yours were mounted on top of the caprail, instead of through the bulwarks.

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