What Mark said...
Plus a bit...
I redid my ports last summer with 3M (908578 Black) strip caulk.
Get it at your local NAPA dealer. $30 for a whole box.
THIS IS REALLY SWEET STUFF.
My frames came off clean and easy. (because nobody tried to seal them
(Roger Long said nobody should be able to buy 5200 without a note from
Clean up the surfaces (both) and wrap some of this stuff around the
frame and each screw hole.
Then GENTLY reinstall the frame (start ALL screws) and let it set for a
day (or more is OK).
After a day (or more!) tighten down the screws that hold the frame in place.
No more leaks from the frame.
But you may still have leaks from the glass itself.
For those coat the gasket with Vasoline.
(I kid you not!)
I also used a lot of Captain Tolley's Creeping Crack Cure leak sealer
around (top side of) the chain plates and handrails.
And around the forward hatch (after removing it to replace the lens last
(hint: DON'T remove the frame - just replace the lens - ON SALE NOW at
That pretty well took care of the leaks in the forward part of the boat.
(There is nothing quite as disturbing as a drip on your belly-button on
a soft summer night!)
Then comes the aft part - the so-called "quarter berth"area...
That part had me stumped for a while.
Ok, desperation... (see photo)
Well, that answered that. But what to do about it???
What you see there is a line of Tempera (water soluble) paint ($2 from
The idea was that wherever the leak was would show by messing up the
Well, it worked. Maybe TOO well....
So my next problem is....how to FIX IT?
Water is getting into the cockpit locker (that's pretty much given).
Bad seals around the hatch were my first suspicion. (and still is)
Ok, so, for the answer to that you have to crawl into the locker.
(I'm 6'2-210 pounds and I've BEEN in there!)
(and got out again!!! by good luck and the grace of God.)
(which you can NOT do with the water heater in place).
What I found...
There is a HUGE OPEN GAP on the port side back there.
The liner is a couple of inches short of making it all the way to the hull.
So any water that gets into the cockpit locker will likely find it's way
Some fool (on my boat) tried to fill that gap with silicone. (fool!)
Maybe that worked for a while, 20 years ago - but it doesn't any more!
(see the attached photo, again)
We just had a big rain storm and I had three towels worth of water back
And the paint line told all!
I haven't solved this problem yet.
Still working on it.
BUT IT HAS MY FULL AND UNDIVIDED ATTENTION !!!!
And I am open it any reasonable (or maybe not so reasonable?) suggestions...