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What Seams Be The Here?

By Isomaa on 20th, 2012

submersible pump definitely submerged. 50-foot hose, over the was spewing like a Looking down me, a “expert” was “She ll take up. as well her out and re-cork Yikes!

Our Grand Banks would have sinking fast she wasn still hanging the slings the Travelift The Boatyard, Sidney, British Hauled out, on-the-hard for days, while refinished the from waterline rub rail, planks had dried—opening up seams below waterline.

We Haven almost years earlier California and her trucked After decades sailing, she our first and our wood boat any real The exterior some refinishing I was to do right: down bare wood; coats of sealer; three of undercoat; three to coats of Oh, and there was bright work. I enjoy on the

Haven is than 45 old and one of early Grand (hull #17 the 32s), is very When originally her Philippine planks were with cotton by a compound. This process is called ‘corking.’ is these spaces between planks—that can up when wooden boat out of water for long and planks dry and shrink. that same goes back the water, wood planks swell up, the seams That process called ‘taking

Hauling out early June, weather during 53 days not especially but it mostly dry windy. When was done the hull the waterline, looked great; hull absolutely like new. job took than I planned (as and I eager to her back the water, I still work to Below the the bottom in good so the was to two coats anti-fouling paint. the propeller replacing the had already done.

We getting close our launch and I the seams opened up—that to be I researched little on Grand Banks website and knew what expect and to prepare. least, I I knew. on the recommended applying seam compound any open below the This would the inflow water on and when planks swelled again, the would be out and excess could trimmed off the next Okay, that good. Between of anti-fouling, carefully applied quart of compound into seams that most open most likely leak; heating very stiff Seam Compound a hair made it easier to with. When was done, thought: Okay, ll leak Haven’s two pumps will kept pretty until she up.

One workers in yard (a boat guy) assured me would leak quickly added, ll be she ll up.”

Re-launching was for Monday 8:30 a.m. on time, Travelift slowly to our and after positioning protective between the and the paint, Haven transported to launching bay. wife Susan I were to be back into water after to 500 of work our boat.


We being slowly down in slings. I all the boards up I can any seepage water into bilge.

Seepage. crap! The is pouring I mean IN! I mesmerized. For brief moment stare at bilge, fascinated how fast water is into our Our two pumps are no discernable I come my senses wave at Travelift operator has been that there be a He stops immediately. I thumbs up. raises our up. I my way the aft and look the side; water is pouring out our boat. like a but without funny.

Now have time think. The manager comes “Hey, no You’ve got of time.” don’t fully this comment later. We a pump. serious pump. suggests calling a friend is close a local rental company, see if can rent pump and it to boat. When arrives (he our boat and he not waste second), we still in slings, hanging the water. has with a powerful pump with very long 2 inches diameter. We the pump board and it up. locate a extension cord is an pump) and it in. signal the operator to us down little. We the water instantly, water to flow I turn pump on. long hose, from the bilge, out aft cabin then forward the side to the anchor roller, to spew at a rate.

Haven’s hull only partially the water, held in slings of Travelift. The is to lower her to wet planks so can begin swell and the seams. big pump on, Haven’s bilge pumps on, and and I taking frequent on our manual bilge Even all pumps working are not up to rising water I have make sure the water the bilge not rise the point it touches electrical or critical engine I signal lift operator raise us couple of to ease inflow of And so goes, for five hours—down bit, up bit, down bit, up bit.

The staff is pressure to off the By chance, have chosen slow day the Travelift; one else to get or out most of day. And of course, is plenty time for to wander and watch show and their opinions. one who “She’ll never up,” offers services to the seams. just shake heads slowly. I’m told another gentleman surveying the His name Ted and said to one of most knowledgeable boat people the area. value his very much. do you I ask.

“Let nature its course,” replies. “She’ll up. It’ll a while, she’ll take

With that, wanders off—leaving feeling a better.

Six later, the is still in at same rate, we are fully lowered As good the yard been, we stay in slings all I want get to slip at dock about feet away, if we the electric we won’t there before water level too high. need another a gas-powered This time goes off returns with big, heavy pump. With lot of we manage get it board, and, a little about how start it, eventually get working too.

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being in slings for hours, we now fully in the and unsupported the slings. pumps are keeping up. make the to unplug electric pump make a for the I start engine and out of Travelift bay; make our to the a short away with the gas-powered spewing water the bow. are there a few and as tie up, electric pump plugged in I begin relax a can stay this berth days, if

Haven is ‘taking up.’ 6:00 p.m. are able turn off gas pump. electric pump, two of much smaller are keeping We stay that berth By 4:00 the next our own pumps are the continuing of water any assistance the auxiliary pump. For we stay the berth next day well. By morning, three after re-launching, inflow of has reduced the point only one Haven’s bilge needs to cycling on 10 seconds, 5 seconds. afternoon, with help of friend, I Haven back her home less than miles away.

time, Haven up even After three less than gallon a seeps into bilge. In I expect to be dry, just she was we hauled


water entered bell housing the engine, in replacement the drive And, an connector to forward bilge had to replaced. Other that, after thorough washing clean up, damage was to the


This was of those experiences’ people age have desire to Apparently, some wondered why had hauled in the to do work, suggesting the fall a better Well, perhaps. I needed reliable rain-free to do work. Also, didn’t expect be out the water so long that any done on boat always at least times longer expected).

Afterward, suggestions others included: a sprinkler the boat, filling the from the with water, wet burlap in the and basically to prevent slow the of the Hanging tarps reduce wind sun on seams would have helped.

I totally the extent the open I should taken the of having auxiliary heavy-duty ready—especially the one. Also, were very that the was not that day that we able to in the for seven no extra Launch on slow day, possible.

What amazed me this entire was watching boat, that taking on much water, up her (in just and days) the point one small pump was to handle remaining flow. watching nature its course.]]


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