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23 Conquest: Anyone's caulk going south?
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posted 05-29-2003 10:27 PM ET (US)
I just spent the Memorial Day weekend readying my boat for the season here in Minnesota.
I've noticed that the caulk between the stern 'box', floor, bow pulpit and helm looks worse every year and has started to separate in some areas.
I shudder to think what would be involved with removing and replacing it.
Any other Conquest owners experiencing this?
posted 05-29-2003 11:21 PM ET (US)
I have been watching mine, but have not seen any deteriorating areas yet. I wonder if the colder/drier winter air is causing it to shrink?
posted 05-30-2003 12:11 AM ET (US)
Mine has come loose along the top piece of gunwale joint / coaming pad. I plan to re-caulk in a few days.
I simply removed the caulk around the pulpit because it flexed slightly and nothing would hold.
posted 05-30-2003 10:45 AM ET (US)
No problems for me other than Mildew to scrub off.
posted 05-30-2003 01:14 PM ET (US)
97 C23 seens OK in the 1000 islands area of NY. We have your weather. There are a few spots but nothing major. Paul G
posted 05-30-2003 01:53 PM ET (US)
Must be the cold, I'm in Minnesota too. My 2000 Ventura has a number spots that are starting to separate and going to need recaulking. It looked fine before I put it away in November, but I did notice it this spring.
posted 05-30-2003 06:45 PM ET (US)
I have used sicone sealant at work and have never been happy with the Whaler caulking. My suggestion is to use a Dow Corning 795 building sealant silicone. I don't know about the marine grade materials out there but the stuff at the hardware store is junk. Use plenty of masking tape and clean with alchol prior to caulking. To bad I was not closer I would trade a good wax job for a recaulk. I HATE WAXING BOATS
posted 05-31-2003 12:59 PM ET (US)
I see the common element here: exposure of the caulk to the harsh cold of Minnesota winters.
I bet that if you kept your Boston Whaler at a nice 72-degrees year round that shrinkage of the caulk would be reduced.
There's your solution!
posted 06-01-2003 02:05 AM ET (US)
I'm going to write it off, figuratively speaking, to the cold.
I think I will make it through this season, and maybe another, but I'm looking at a major re-caulking job somewhere down the line. That's what I dread.
I should keep myself at a nice 72 degree year-round temperature...that'd fix a lot more than shrinkage...
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