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Eagleman posted 01-25-2002 02:30 PM ET (US)   Profile for Eagleman   Send Email to Eagleman  
Last fall I removed the old and unsightly deck seam sealant from my 1984 22' Outrage. It appears that the sealant is installed mainly as a way to keep dirt from between the deck panels. I clean and polish my boat on a regular basis to keep it looking good. Am I missing the original intention of the deck sealant?
sorcerer posted 01-25-2002 02:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for sorcerer    
Yes you are missing the intent.

It is to keep (most)water out of the gas tank bilge area, and the foam surrounding the gas tank. The factory sealed it for that reason.

bdb posted 01-26-2002 06:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for bdb  Send Email to bdb     

Am I supposed to let the clean and polish comment just hang there is mid-air? I know full well you're trying to bait me.

Don't worry about the deck seam caulk. The seams will be covered by the linoleum you're laying down.

Harpoon, rollin' my eyeballs, Harry

Eagleman posted 01-26-2002 11:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for Eagleman  Send Email to Eagleman     
Harpoon Harry,
I'm thankful that the marine flooring industry is finally offering a linoleum product with a legitimate teak feel & pattern. Apparently there are other yachtsmen in the market place with a true appreciation for a maintenance free decking product. However if you hear of any cases of mold/bacteria forming on this quasi teak linoleum I trust you'll bring it to my immediate attention. Even though I'd hate to be caught up in anther product recall! "DD" Eagleman (dumpster diver)
OutrageMan posted 01-26-2002 02:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for OutrageMan  Send Email to OutrageMan     

I think it is amazing that you have been able to keep the same can of generic wax you bought in 1978 going with all of that polishing you do...

But, in answer to your question. Yes you need to re caulk the seams. If you don't your inner hull will get full of detritus and eventually get into the foam. Just use that tube of caul you picked up from the dumpster of that construction site and you should be fine...

But seriously, use a good quality silicone sealant. I used 101 and it took weeks to cure, meanwhile loading with every bit of dust and sand imagineable.

Now, what to do about all that blistering....

Your respectfull nephew,

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