Soft cabin wood.

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Soft cabin wood.

Postby Tom Overs » Mon Jan 07, 2019 10:52 am

Well, I had a very slight leak into the cupboard in the V berth this summer and I decided that I needed to find out how the water was getting in.

It was dripping from where the electric cable comes down into the cupboard. After some time trying to find out where it was getting into the trunking I found a small soft spot under the port side window at the front corner. I think the water must have been getting in behind the bottom of the window frame and may have been doing so since Little Ship was rebuilt.

This is what I've found, so it looks like I'll be busy this winter. :roll:

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Re: Soft cabin wood.

Postby Charlie0 » Mon Jan 07, 2019 1:07 pm

Please post updates and pics as they develop. When it’s done it will be just another feather in your cap. :)
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Re: Soft cabin wood.

Postby Jastafford » Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:29 pm

I'm working on the same area due to a drip in the V berth hanging closet. Mine did not go down so far on the cabin sidewall.
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Re: Soft cabin wood.

Postby Rod Graff » Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:28 pm

I think I might have the same problem. Soft spot right below the port running light. I tapped around and it sounds rotten underneath. I have to wait till the rain stops and expose it all to see how far the damage spread. Think water has been getting in around the improperly beaded light.
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Re: Soft cabin wood.

Postby abcrouch » Sat Jan 12, 2019 6:03 pm

I also have or had a leak dripping from where the cable comes down into the closet. I just re bedded the port navigation light as I could not figure where else it could be getting in. I am waiting for heavy rain before I feel I have had success.
The PO had made a repair on the cabin side and I have tried to improve on it, but there are still some signs even after lots of CPES.
It must be a weak spot for these woodies, mine is in the exact same area, but I hope not to the extent that Tom or Jastafford have discovered. Like Rod I will hold off until the spring to strip and investigate further. Alan
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Re: Soft cabin wood.

Postby Rod Graff » Mon Jan 14, 2019 1:39 pm

Yea, this is bugging me now. It looks like a previous owner did a fairly large Dutchman patch in the plywood side below the trim line, right about where Tom has a lot of rot also. I put a piece of white duct tape over a small soft spot below the port running light. I didn’t think about how water might be following the wiring. Does the port nav light wiring come from the hanging closet in the V berth? I have a leak in the rear outside corner of the hanging closet in the v berth. Wonder if this is why they did the previous patch. It looks like I have quite a bit of hollow sounding wood under the paint between the port side window mounding . Maybe this is a common rot area on the wooden 32.
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Update so far.

Postby Tom Overs » Thu Jan 17, 2019 5:21 am

Rotten wood cut out
In order to repair this area is tricky as there is a slight curve.
The cabin side is 5/8" thick which is made up of 3/8" ply covered by 1/8" ply. First problem is..... You can't buy imperial ply it's now metric. (Thanks to the EU) The closest you can buy is 9mm and 5.5 MM.

This means some very careful cutting to get it right.wood filler will be needed to fair and make it look correct.
I've used CPES and thickened epoxy when fitting the two panels, the first is screwed into place and the top is temporally screwed until the epoxy has set. Once set the screws will be removed and holes filled with thickened epoxy.

I'll post more (hopefully better) photos as work progresses.

This leak was caused by the front side window leaking and only showed up once water got into the locker. Look carefully at where the cable runs in the photo as its in a chase on one of the battens.
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