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Roter Sand – Refit for Transport Canada

12 Jan

Roter Sand - Refit for Transport Canada

Insulating over the polyurethane with Roxul 1 inch insulating material. The idea here is to create a barrier between a flame and the polyurethane.

Slipped Shaft and Compressed PSS shaft seal

5 Apr

Seen recently on a 35ft sailboat. The shaft has slipped aft or has been incorrectly re-installed. The net result is that the PSS was under more compression than it was designed for with no give left for the bellows. The result is a leaking shaft seal and possible damage to the bellows.


Thru hull fittings – below the waterline

30 Mar

Below waterline thru hull fitting

I often see this problem on smaller older sailboats. A drain for a sink or cockpit drains that go to a below the waterline  thru hull fitting. Even though this installation was very solid it is still not safe without a seacock. To conform to ABYC  H-27 or Transport Canada TP 1332 section 3.3.1 below the waterline thru hull fittings shall have a seacock in order to shut off underwater penetrations. A ball valve is the best type of seacock for this application. Apart from saving you from sinking in the event the hose comes loose it will also allow you to do maintenance on piping etc. without having to haul your boat.

Glassed over Keel Bolts – Jeanneau Eolia 25

10 Mar

Never a good sign when you come across amateur fiberglass work around the keel of a sailboat. In this case the keel boats have been glassed over which was probably effective in stopping the leak! At least for now. Of course there is no way for an owner or a surveyor to judge the condition of the bolts anymore and the bolts themselves are now soaked in  water year round slowly corroding as the water is depleted of oxygen…

Leaks through the hull to keel joint should be repaired by resealing or caulking the joint, from the outside.Image