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> Apologies for the half message sent earlier.
> Anyway, after heavy rains we often find 2-3 " of fresh water in this
> same locker (underneath the bench seats on the port side). We do not
> see evidence of water leaking down along the inside wall. Any thoughts
> on where this water may be coming from?
> Lynn Sr.
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> [mailto:sanjuan23-admin@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Rick
> Sent: Thursday, October 19, 2006 10:38 AM
> To: sanjuan23@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: Follow up on window replacement saga
> To all who have gone before me.....
> I recently re-gasketed all four windows and rebedded them with 3m 4200
> UV. They looked great and I thought I was finished.
> After thunderstorms brought us 4 inches of rain in a 24 hour period a
> few days ago, I went down below and was very disappointed- carpet all
> wet, and left (port) side of boat had about 1-2 inches of water in the
> locker. I already re-did the deck flange project as listed in the tech
> tips, so I figured it must be the windows.
> As it turns out, the previous owner had at some point in the past
> replaced the plastic window panes with tempered glass, but the glass
> pieces are a little undersized (especially the front windows). Water is
> apparently getting in the tiny gap where the metal frames go together,
> or around the new gasket. When I pulled the glass out of the frame there
> was a fair amount of water in the aluminum channel frame. (No leakage
> be tween the frames and fiberglass, just between the glass and aluminum).
> I am now going to pull all four windows again and re-bed the glass with
> either boat-life or Dow-Corning 795 using a gasketless method (the
> sealant IS the gasket). There can be no gaps doing it this way, although
> its a little more labor intensive.
> Has anyone else done this on their SJ23? I've found discussion on
> various sailing websites of this gasketless method and it seems to be
> the prefered choice of many. I'm also looking at replacing the front
> windows with slightly larger ones (or possibly opening ports) to better
> match the rears from a proportion standpoint. I've always thought the
> fronts look a little undersized and out of place- any thoughts on this
> also? There is a company called New Found Metals in Washington that
> makes some beautiful windows that will outlast the boat.
> Rick Bensyl
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