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Old 07-06-2005, 10:49 PM
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Leaking into the ski storage

Hi all you nice people,

I have now figured out what is the problem with my ski storage water problem. 1.) It is poorly designed: in that water flows foward when the boat is flat and goes into the ski locker. 2.) As suggested here by a knowingly full owner it is around the gasket. 3.) I cannot get it dry or oilless because of the boats design.

So, I need some help here. Are there any sealants that could adhere to both wet and oil(which I doubt, but must ask). Or is there a nut that connects the gasket, which holds the plug, which I could remove and caulk? I noticed that I can remove the floor boards behind the locker and see the rear of the locker where the "nut" might be. Maybe I am the "nut" but I am trying to fix this mess, which I believe originates from the packing leaking. But fixing that will not solve the long term problem.
ERGO, I turn to you, O' Wise ones for help.

The mechanically impaired,

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Old 07-06-2005, 10:58 PM
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I hear ya, George. But the problem with plugging the hole would be the water that does get in there, won't ever get out.

You could get a stainless bolt & nut that would be long enough to go all the way thru the hole. Put stainless & rubber washers on each side, caulk it with RVT silicon & then just tighten it up.
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Old 07-06-2005, 11:52 PM
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My ski locker has a plug in it, but I leave it out. I usually keep the bilge on automatic so when ever I plane off, water should drain back to where the pump is located. If you want to plug the hole why not just use a cork???
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Old 07-07-2005, 01:19 AM
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I purchased a new plug with a tight fit only to discover the water was seeping in from under the 'dam' or plate between the locker and engine. I removed and recaulked a couple times, last year and again this year, with no success. The oily water eats through the caulk. Thought about a rubber gasket/seal but don't think I could get it tight enough to the hull and side to seal the water out. I was planning on removing the caulk again and fiberglass it in place unless anyone else has any other suggestions.

For now, only store the crappy skiis in there because of oily residue.
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Old 07-07-2005, 01:47 PM
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Thats not a ski locker, its a location for a fat sack. Who cares if that plastic bag gets oily

I could see how it would be annoying that your skis were all grimy. I cleaned mine up pretty good with a biodegradable cleaner (Blastoff used by the NAvy on aircraft carriers) and blasted the whole locker out with water. Still a little greasy but much better.
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Old 06-14-2006, 01:23 PM
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3 months and still dry !!

I may have found a solution to keeping the ski well dry. First removed the dam between engine compartment and ski well, cleaned it up real good, then "recaulked" it with an automotive gasket sealant.

Its been 3 months and the well is still dry! If stays dry I'll cross that off my pet peeve list.
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Old 06-14-2006, 01:54 PM
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I thought that was a live well for fishing.

I take the shop vac to mine once a season and it stays totally dry for months (the winter months).
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Old 06-15-2006, 05:52 AM
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Quote:
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I may have found a solution to keeping the ski well dry. First removed the dam between engine compartment and ski well, cleaned it up real good, then "recaulked" it with an automotive gasket sealant.

Its been 3 months and the well is still dry! If stays dry I'll cross that off my pet peeve list.
Did you caulk the whole shut, or just around the gromlet? I really need to do this to mine, but haven't figured out if I want to just "glass it in", or use some caulk.
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Old 06-15-2006, 08:19 AM
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If you need a plug, go buy a nice bottle of wine with a real cork in it.

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whittle the cork down until it fits snug in the hole


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Old 06-15-2006, 12:20 PM
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Did you caulk the whole shut, or just around the gromlet? I really need to do this to mine, but haven't figured out if I want to just "glass it in", or use some caulk.
I left the hole through and plugged with a rubber plug, just in case....

But that fiberglass wall the hole is in was screwed to the boat hull and the seal around it was caulked. But the caulk had deteriated from the oily-water from the engine compartment and was continuously leaking. Until I used the gasket caulk which doesn't deteriate from petroleum products.
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