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Rainwater coming in down the mast?

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Created by Bundeenabuoy A week ago, 14 Mar 2019
Bundeenabuoy
NSW, 341 posts
14 Mar 2019 6:41AM
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I plan to lightly sand the areas and then apply silicon.
Is there anything I have missed?

Ramona
NSW, 4792 posts
14 Mar 2019 7:18AM
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Rain water is always going to come down the mast. Not sure where your putting silicon. If you mean under the ribber boot that's OK but no need to rough up for silicon to stick.

Jode5
QLD, 690 posts
14 Mar 2019 7:12PM
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Silicon is useless as a sealant if it is a keel stepped mast. You need a need a mast boot or use mast boot tape as the deck joint has too much movement for silicon. Have a read of the attached article.
www.cruisingworld.com/how/reader-tip-no-more-leaky-mast

Water can also come in via halyard exit holes. My boat has the base of the mast in a well with an automatic bulge pump just for the water that comes down the mast.


SandS
VIC, 5454 posts
Thursday , 14 Mar 2019 9:34PM
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if you want stop that happening ..... buy a yacht with a deck stepped mast...

crewloose
NSW, 1 posts
Thursday , 15 Mar 2019 12:24AM
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There's an episode of RAN Sailing on YT where Johan adjusts a mast drainage hole on his Beason 40 -


Interesting part starts at around 9 minute mark. It may not be relevant to your issue :)

Bundeenabuoy
NSW, 341 posts
Sunday , 17 Mar 2019 4:54PM
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crewloose said..
There's an episode of RAN Sailing on YT where Johan adjusts a mast drainage hole on his Beason 40 -

Interesting part starts at around 9 minute mark. It may not be relevant to your issue :)


That was really helpful Crewloose.
It appeared he drilled three holes.
Why wouldn't one be enough?



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