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Question For my fellow woodie owners

Postby bpbyrne » Sat Feb 02, 2019 5:03 pm

I have one remaining leak worthy of any attention, and its a very slow weep from behind a butt block, under the master, 4 planks in from the chines. I suspect it will be easy to press some slickseam into. How urgent is this? Am i doing any damage by waiting for warmer days, letting this weep run the length of the bilge? The planks are mostly untreated along its route..

Do i need to go swimming in the cold, ir can it reasonably wait? Its waaaay under what my 5 bilge pumps can deal with...and way less than what i was seeing from multiple spots when we bought her..

Any advice?
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Re: Question For my fellow woodie owners

Postby GB42-267 » Sat Feb 02, 2019 9:20 pm

I would wait till nxt haul out as long as it’s not filling your bilges in a few days if your bilge pump should fail. If you check the boat daily or every few days and the leak is only a small weep and easily controlled, I wouldn’t worry too much.
Salt water will not harm the planking and promote rot, fresh water will.
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Re: Question For my fellow woodie owners

Postby bpbyrne » Sat Feb 02, 2019 10:27 pm

Thanks Bjorn. I wont haul for another year, but if its not doing damage ill leave it till I next go for a swim in late spring!
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Re: Question For my fellow woodie owners

Postby Jastafford » Mon Feb 04, 2019 5:10 pm

I am so worried about splashing my boat in the spring. 5 years she has been on the hard. Gaps were huge with no way to swell her up before going back in the water. My local wood boat guy had me fill the seams with 5200 instead of slick seam. The boys over on the wood boat forum went nuts over that. I couldn't get a slip last summer so she sat out another year. Slip is all lined up for this year.
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Re: Question For my fellow woodie owners

Postby Tom Overs » Thu Feb 07, 2019 4:49 am

BP Byrne
If your in salt water don't worry, however if your in fresh water you should do it ASAP.
Fresh water is the killer for wood boats.

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Re: Question For my fellow woodie owners

Postby Jastafford » Thu Feb 07, 2019 12:20 pm

im in fresh water, great lakes. Will be May when she goes back in.
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Re: Question For my fellow woodie owners

Postby GB42-267 » Thu Feb 07, 2019 7:18 pm

In that case, I suggest you get a bag of rock salt and sprinkle a generous amount around your bilges to deter rot.You could even hang a sachet with salt at the butt block where it's leaking most just to avoid having fresh water running down.
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Re: Question For my fellow woodie owners

Postby Jastafford » Fri Feb 08, 2019 12:46 pm

The boys on the woodboat forum have me applying a mix of antifreeze and Borax to protect the bilge wood. Their opinion is that it stays in the wood longer and better than salt. I think I will try a little of everything and anything. Thanks for the advise
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Re: Question For my fellow woodie owners

Postby bpbyrne » Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:38 pm

In my case Im in salt. And I put a few extra handfuls of rock salt in the bilges, just in case

Thank Tom and Bjorn for the advice
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