[Public-list] That brown goo from weeping blisters

Mike Lehman sail_505 at hotmail.com
Mon Nov 29 17:30:34 PST 2004

The chainplates are leaking so eventually I will have some deck work to do, 
but it is not a big deal.


I agree completely - it is "no big deal" yet so many boats are neglected by 
leaking chainplates that it becomes a big deal once the water pentrtates the 
the deck. Re-caulking the chainplates is an annual maintenance chore and 
should not be ignored. It's easy. It's cheap. It doesn't take much time, but 
if it isn't done every year, it becomes a problem.

Mike Lehman

----Original Message Follows----
From: William Wallace <tristan at one.net>
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To: Alberg 30 Public List -- open to all <public-list at alberg30.org>
Subject: Re: [Public-list] That brown goo from weeping blisters
Date: Mon, 29 Nov 2004 18:06:40 -0500


Many of our classic boats from the 1960's and 1970's (and some even later) 
have water intrusion due to poor efforts by previous owners to drill out 
hardware bedding holes and fill with epoxy, then drill, and rebed hardware 
(winches, cleats, fairleads, etc.).  Without filling the holes with epoxy 
and careful bedding, many of our boats had water leak into the balsa or 
plywood core through holes left from hardware mountings.  I just bought my 
1962 Seafarer Rhodes Meridian (even though it was designed by Phil Rhodes, 
it looks a bit like a Pearson Ariel by Alberg) in Florida, a year and a half 
ago, knowing that it had some delamination on the fore starboard deck.  The 
chainplates are leaking so eventually I will have some deck work to do, but 
it is not a big deal.  The boat is superbly designed (I must say much better 
than these "go fast" boats of today!) and well built, so it deserves the 
work I will give her!  Don Casey explains the process in his book on fixing 
up Good Old Boats.

Scott Wallace, Seafarer Rhodes Meridian WATERMARK
On Monday, November 29, 2004, at 01:04 PM, John Kennedy wrote:

>Don Campbell <dk.campbell at sympatico.ca> wrote:
>	"I redid the whole of the deck on WO."
>Two questions, Don.
>How did you do that?
>Presuming I buy in the next few years, how much should I be scared away 
>boats with potential deck delamination problems?
>John Kennedy
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