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Aleut Adventure, Swamping
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Author:  mje [ Sat Jul 22, 2017 11:00 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Aleut Adventure, Swamping

arcprof wrote:
I'd be sitting in my Aleut in calm water so that the water line is below the deck/hull seam. See how much water gets in. If it starts leaking then the stem sealing would be high on the list of suspects.
Cheers Jim

It takes something like 350 lbs to get an Aleut down to the deck seam. Maybe more. I'd check the hull seams very carefully.

Author:  JohnSand [ Sun Jul 23, 2017 10:08 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Aleut Adventure, Swamping

I have patched two small holes in the deck with tire tube patches. Next I plan to dye the faded tan deck yellow. After that waterproof it with spray. Then back in the water with float bags installed.
I'll report my results.

Author:  Christov10 [ Sun Jul 23, 2017 10:41 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Aleut Adventure, Swamping

Yellow's a good color - way more visible at a distance than red. Look forward to your next report. C.

Author:  RangerTim [ Wed Jul 26, 2017 4:13 pm ]
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I carry a pump and a bailer.

303 Fabric Protectant will add water and UV resistance to the deck.

On my Yukon I have sealed off the opening beneath the gudgeon using tear aid tape. Removing and replacing the gudgeon is a bit of a trick, but with persistence and a 90° Phillips screwdriver it can be done. Now I can only drain standing the boat on its bow, but water does not enter should the stern submerge. The stern readily submerges when I sit on the washboards while sailing.

While most of my Folbots do not leak from the seams, my Yukon did. It leaked mostly when sailing. I have sealed the seams with water-based seam sealant.

You might want to test the ramming strips as leak sources. When on dry land and preferably on a tarp, put a couple of inches of water in the boat. Elevate bow and stern in turn, so that the ramming strip area is completely covered with water. Check for water draining on to the tarp.

If water leaks out, try tightening the screws that attach the ramming strips. You may need to clean grit from the screw slots first. If tightening does not work, remove screws and ramming strip. Check felt gasket beneath ramming strip. Repair or replace as necessary. Replace ramming strip and screws (nuts will have remained in the track attached to the interior of the hull), applying silicone to the threads.

Author:  JohnSand [ Thu Jul 27, 2017 8:13 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Aleut Adventure, Swamping

Thank you for the advice.

Author:  JohnSand [ Sun Jul 01, 2018 7:38 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Aleut Adventure, Swamping

Update: I dyed the deck pale yellow by brushing Rit on it, moderately successful. When dry I sprayed it with Scotchguard. Today I launched it in the Sound on a hot still day. Water beaded up and rolled off the deck as it should. She didn't ship any water but paddle drips and cool water I sponged onto myself. Too calm for any waves, but definitely an improvement.

Author:  mje [ Mon Jul 02, 2018 9:45 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Aleut Adventure, Swamping

Generally I’d advise against using Scotchguard or any silicone-containing product on a folder. If it gets on the hull, it can make future repairs difficult or even impossible. 303 fabric protectant is a good choice.

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