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seafarer88 posted 01-18-2004 07:12 PM ET (US)   Profile for seafarer88   Send Email to seafarer88  
We've got a 1988 Whaler 27' Full Cabin. We were pounding around in 2 - 4 foot seas today, I discovered some leakage in the cabin. The source of the leak seems to be seam between the deck and the hull. The prior owner had a similar problem and claimed to have repaired it--obviously his repair didn't work. Anyone with experience on how to repair a leak similar to this? Thanks.


seafarer88 posted 01-19-2004 09:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for seafarer88  Send Email to seafarer88     
Upon further investigation, it looks like the leak may be in the area of the bow sprit. Any thoughts?
macfam posted 01-19-2004 09:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for macfam  Send Email to macfam     
I have a 25 Revenge Walk-thru with bow pulpit and anchor locker. I had a leak in the anchor locker area weeping into the cabin. I simply re-chalked with a good quality chalking and stopped the leakage. There are drains in my hull from water in the anchor locker to the outside, but sometimes the anchor line covers them and they don't work all that well. Be sure you don't chalk too close to those holes, and block the drainage.
I don't know if it's the same setup in the 27.
WHALER27CC posted 01-19-2004 10:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for WHALER27CC  Send Email to WHALER27CC     
You will need to really clean out the caulking between the pulpit and the hull and recaulk it. That should take care of the problem, however if the problem persists,you may need to get under the rub rail leading up to the pulpit and do the same.I would also make sure that the channel along the top of the anchor locker is clear of any buildup. The anchor locker drains(2) should also be cleared with a long wire.I had some problems with water coming in through the anchor locker,the plywood wall between the locker and the cabin will also allow water to get into the cabin.I have given ALOT of thought to replacing that plywood divider with a Starboard one, caulking it from the anchor locker side, you might want to look into that as well. Good luck and keep us updated.
seafarer88 posted 01-19-2004 11:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for seafarer88  Send Email to seafarer88     
Thanks very much for the information. There is a steady drip coming off one of the thru-bolts that secure the bow pulpit. I think I'll probably have to take the pulpit off and re-caulk the whole thing. While I'm at it, I think I'll take off a section of the rub-rail as well, since the former owner had a leakage problem on there on one side, and it looks like there may be some additional water intrusion there.

I was disappointed to find out that the only thing between the cabin and the anchor locker was that piece of plywood, and my first thought replacing that with something else. I think that the interior of the cuddy and the full cabin are essentially the same. Peter, I'll look into your idea replacing it with Starboard, and let you know what I decide.

Thanks again for the information. I'll keep you all posted.


Tom W Clark posted 01-19-2004 11:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

You didn't buy your Whaler 27 Full Cabin from someone on Bainbridge Island, did you?

seafarer88 posted 01-20-2004 12:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for seafarer88  Send Email to seafarer88     

I think the former owner was from Port Townshend. Why do you ask?


Tom W Clark posted 01-20-2004 12:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

There was a guy over on Port Madison who contacted me time ago. He had a Whaler 27 that was suffering some mysterious leakage. He seemed convinced it was the result of an unfortunate encounter with a very large Bayliner in the government locks.

I never got the epilog to that story, I thought this might be the boat.

seafarer88 posted 01-20-2004 12:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for seafarer88  Send Email to seafarer88     

I'm think that was probably a different guy, different boat. I don't think think my problem was the result of an collision, but is instead just a little separation at the deck/hull joint. Thanks.


dfmcintyre posted 01-20-2004 06:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
David -

I'll be emailing to you a .jpg of the repair sheet from Whaler that came out in the early 80's. Hope this will help.


seafarer88 posted 01-21-2004 05:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for seafarer88  Send Email to seafarer88     
Don, thanks for repair sheet--I think it will be helpful.

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